Reflections: This phrase ‘let it be known to you’ is a warning to listeners, “what you are about to hear may shock you, so get ready!” Luke is about to reveal something about Jesus to those nearby. Firstly, that it was the express power of Jesus Christ by which the lame man (in chapter 3) was healed. The second, that although Jesus has been rejected, the salvation plan for humanity locates its centre in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This devotion is a restatement of the true power of transformation: the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Through no other name will we be saved. This salvation offers more than eternal life; rather, it transforms and reorients both individuals and communities towards the justice and mission of God. This is not a prejudicial claim, this is a cosmic reality that by Christ alone, and by his name, salvation has occurred.
Question: When did you last focus on Christ, as the cornerstone and finality of salvation? That Jesus is king, and it is by his power alone you have been saved, and will continue to be transformed into his likeness?
Prayer: King Jesus, I thank you for your beautiful work on the cross. May I never forget the name by which I am saved, nor the reason for my salvation. It is by the power of your name I am forgiven, loved and accepted. Amen.