The scripture for today, January 8, is 1st Peter 1:8 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“Though you have not seen him, you love him! And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him! And are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy!”
This was written by Peter, one of Jesus’ apostles, when he was old. Peter had seen Jesus for himself. He was an eye-witness. After Jesus returned to heaven, it was the job of the Apostles to tell people about him and repeat his words. They spent the rest of their lives doing just that.
Oh the joy they found when people believed, even though they had not seen him; and not only believed, but loved. Thank God, these Apostles wrote the New Testament so we would never have to guess what Jesus was like and never have to guess what his words were, even after the Apostles died. In fact, we have the advantage because we do not have to wait for an Apostle to come visit us and tell us. We can read about Jesus for ourselves over and over as many times as we like right in our home.
Yes, we have not seen Jesus. Yet, with his life and words before us, we believe! What inexpressible and glorious joy!