Luke 9:28-36: A Preview of the New Creation

Transfiguration, Stained Glass (610x351)

Our Lord’s Transfiguration is a like a preview at the cinema, before the featured presentation. You glimpse a smidgen, enough to tug at you later to go to the movie. That’s what the Transfiguration is—a sneak peek, a glimpse of Jesus’ glory as the Son of God, a coming attraction for the kingdom He brings […]

Jeremiah 1:4-10: Uproot to Plant

Law and Gospel (610x351)

Jeremiah writes, “The Word of the Lord came to me.” He’s describing his call to preach. For a man doesn’t call himself to be God’s preacher. “The Word of the Lord came to me.” The Lord deals with us through His Word. He doesn’t let us choose what His Word says, so we can tell […]

Luke 4:16-21: Freedom for the Captives

Broken chains (610x351)

Jesus has traveled north to preach in the synagogue. He has returned to Nazareth, His hometown. And what He preaches shows that He is the one who fulfills God’s promises. Jesus unrolls the scroll containing the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, to read the appointed reading for the day. He finds the right spot and […]

2 Corinthians 12:3-13: The Gifts of the Spirit

Spiritual Gifts (610x351)

Before the time of Jesus, God limited His gifts of speaking to prophets, judges, the 70 elders of Israel, and two other men in Moses’ day (Numbers 11:24-29). Oh, well there was that donkey (Num 22:28-30)! But life for God’s people is now different. Jesus’ resurrection has ushered in the age of the Spirit, first […]

Luke 3:15-22: Baptized for You to Fulfill All Righteousness

Jesus Baptism at the Jordan (610x351)

When Jesus came the Jordan River for John to baptize Him, the entire Old Covenant came face to face with its Fulfillment. Every saving act of God, from Noah’s flood to the Red Sea, to the Temple sacrifices of atonement, came head to head with the Person to whom they pointed. Those events in the […]

Isaiah 60:1-6, Matthew 2:1-12: What’s Revealed in the Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh

Incense During the Lords Supper (610x351)

They came bringing gifts—but found the better One. They left the blindness of deepest darkness, coming to the pure Light, finding the source of eternal Gladness. They came to the Jews but found a Gift greater than themselves, meant for all the Gentiles. So, who are “they”? They are the wise men, sometimes called kings, […]

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Galatians 4:1-7: The Now of God’s Timing

Time (610x350)

What is time? The dictionary says it is the interval, or period, between two events. It can also be a continued progression when something happens. And we measure that interval in seconds, minutes, hours, years, even centuries But then the dictionary also adds these many time-related expressions. We have a time capsule, time-consuming, time-honored, and […]

The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple

Simeon Holding Jesus (610x352)

It’s only been a few days since we celebrated Jesus’ birth. But already, we’ve leaped forward 40 days to Jesus’ presentation at the Temple. And Jesus, as a 40-day-old infant, at the Temple overflows with prophetic fulfillment and significance. For the entire Old Covenant had come to its focal point in this little Child. He […]

John 1:1-14: The Word became Flesh

Jesus in the Manger (610x351)

We heard many words in our Christmas Gospel, telling us of Jesus. He is the Word. He is God and Creator, even Life and the Light of all people, shining in the darkness. He is the one-and-only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. Such beautiful and truth-filled words for our Savior, which […]

Jesus, our Brother, has Come into the Flesh

Christmas nativity

Now in those days, it came to pass that a decree went out from the Prince of Darkness, the Prince of this World, that all the world should be taxed. And this was the first taxing when Adam chose to become Lord of his life and master of his soul. For when he ate of […]