She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel’ (which means “God with us”) (Mk 1:21-23). Before He was born His name was already prepared by God; a name of honor and authority; a name that saves. The angel was God’s messenger, passing the name given
The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light (Rm 13:12). He likely thought he was enlightened. (Goodness knows he was plenty religious.) But he was blinded by darkness . . . long before he was blinded by the light. Saul of Tarsus sought God’s will . . . but he couldn’t see it—without light from the Lord Jesus. “The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple” (Ps 1
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Is 9:6). From beginning to end, the Bible declares the names of God. Throughout the biblical timeline, starting with His proclaimed I Am to Moses, God has revealed His names to further our understanding of Him. I Am _________________ (fill in the blank with everything good and great and powerf
Though ancient, these words from the prophet Isaiah sound all too familiar to our modern experience: So justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not reach us.
We look for light, but all is darkness;
for brightness, but we walk in deep shadows.
Like the blind we grope along the wall,
feeling our way like people without eyes.
At midday we stumble as if it were twilight;
among the strong, we are like the dead.
We all growl like bears;
we moan mournfully like doves
I tread ever so reverently here, on this holy ground before the Cross of Christ. As we enter into this most holy of holy days, I strain to hear the sounds heaven hears. The frenzy, The fear, The fury. The Rejection, The Betrayal, The Scattering, The Suffering— it was all foretold. One of the hardest chapters to read in the whole Bible is Isaiah 53. This heart-wrenching prophecy of the suffering of our Savior, God’s Righteous Servant, held—of all things—promise. As hard as it