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Isaiah 62:1-5, 10-12; Revelation 19:11-16; Matthew 1:18-25

Though you try for a lifetime, you will never save yourself. Salvation is a feat of the Lord; his people are redeemed by God’s Word alone. This is why the prophet says that the Lord will not be quiet until his Bride, the Israel of God (Gal 6:16), is righteous. God accomplishes righteousness and salvation through the sharp sword of his mouth (Heb 4:12; Rev 1:16), the Word of God. The Lord is not silent, but wields his sword, the Word of God, striking down your sin and unrighteousness.

This is fully accomplished in Jesus, who is the living Word of God (John 1:1-14). Jesus, the Word made flesh, is the exact imprint of God’s nature. He is the word of power (Heb 1:3) that upholds the whole universe yet, stooped to save your soul. Jesus was born a man and lived among us, and he is still with us—Immanuel. The Word of God is true and faithful to remain among us, never silent, always crying after us, “Behold, your salvation comes!”

Prayer: O Word of God, help me to trust you in this new year and always. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Communications Coordinator for the NALC.

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