Lent Devotional: 2 Peter 1:16

by Jonathan Haefs

2 Peter 1:16
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

Reflection
Jesus lived, died, and rose again.

Why do you believe that? It sounds like a myth…like a clever story…doesn’t it? How do you know it wasn’t simply made up?

Sure, there is the fact that our faith was first proclaimed by eyewitnesses. People who were there, who saw Jesus, who knew him…they are the ones who gave their lives to testify to the truth of his death and resurrection. Surely that gives some credibility to the Gospel! Surely it at least makes people pause to consider its validity!

But what moves us from seeing something as plausible or credible to actually embracing it as the very foundation of reality? Why do we believe the Gospel?

Power and majesty!

What was made known to us through the eyewitnesses was not just a story, but the very power and majesty of Jesus Christ! We didn’t just hear facts…no…we saw something! We beheld glory!

When we hear the Gospel, the Holy Spirit of God works through that proclaimed Word to open eyes of faith so that we can know the very power and majesty of Jesus! The Gospel isn’t just a story to consider its credibility…no…we experience the Gospel as the very power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16)!

Jesus isn’t just a historical figure to consider…no…we see his majesty and glory and we want nothing else in life more than him!

Have you felt the power and seen the glory of Jesus when you hear the simple Gospel…

Jesus lived, died, and rose again.

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