Sunday, June 10, 2007

CQOD: 06/09/07 -- Betz: faith over sight

Christian Quotation of the Day

June 9, 2007
Feast of Columba, Abbot of Iona, Missionary, 597
Commemoration of Ephrem of Syria, Deacon, Hymnographer, Teacher, 373
    Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."
    -- John 20:27-29 (NIV)

    Jesus was the representative of the Lord who forgives sins and heals all infirmities; the disciples acknowledged him as “Lord” and transferred to him the position ascribed to the “Lord” in the Old Testament. Whereas Jesus placed the penitent heart and the saving will of God higher than the pride of the godly and the letter of the Torah, so Paul preached faith in Christ as the only way to salvation and rejected striving after righteousness through the works of the Law. Above all, Jesus knew himself to be the Messiah and he acted in messianic authority; hence the risen and glorified Jesus was acknowledged as the king of the last days. It is still faith, not sight, that is demanded from men.
    ... Otto Betz (b.1917), What Do We Know About Jesus? [1968]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen my weak faith.

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