“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” (Matthew 1:23) For many people, Christmas is the most brutal time of year. Whether it’s the death of a loved one, a recent divorce, loneliness, or something else, Christmas can be a sad reminder that life is not how it … Continue reading Day 10: God with Us in Our Sufferings
Why did Jesus cry, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" on the cross? Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). He is called "lamb," of course, because of the Old Testament where lambs were designated to be the sin-bearers for the people … Continue reading My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. (Isaiah 65:17) The Israelites were a people in-between the times. They had been given all the promises of God and a promised land in which to dwell (Rom. 9:4). But they were awaiting … Continue reading The Future Hope of Advent
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. (Isa. 9:2) Imagine trying to make your way through a forest or jungle in utter darkness. Suppose there is a new moon, or it has already set, and the stars … Continue reading The Triumph of Advent
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments. (Psalm 119:176) This verse ends the longest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 is all about God's word and the psalmist's desire to follow it. Often he makes bold statements, as he does in verse 176, petitioning … Continue reading Jesus, the Lamb of God Who Never Went Astray
This is a re-post of the Passion series from last year. Isaiah 55:1-3: Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not … Continue reading Passion Week – Saturday
As I read Isaiah 45:1-13, there is one, single, consistent, mind-numbing, eternity-changing, thought: God equips, empowers, and energizes even those who do not know him as Lord and Savior in order to accomplish his majestic purposes. I ask, "Why does he do this?" The answer comes in verses 5-6: So that everyone, from east to … Continue reading God is Always Behind the Scenes.
This morning I was reminded of the things I go to for salvation other than God. The list was quite depressing. In the prophet Isaiah's day, the people of Israel went to a literal savior, whose name was Egypt. Assyria was going to attack and Israel made a political alliance with Egypt -- the same … Continue reading Where do you run for safety?
In Isaiah 1:11-17, God scolds his children for their external, self-righteous, neat-nick religion. Read the passage. It will be convicting, I promise. If we can paraphrase, God basically says: Stop going to church! Stop singing! Stop your Sunday school classes and your Wednesday night Bible studies. It all drives me crazy! And stop praying, too, … Continue reading “I hate all your show…”
Part 6 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. Isaiah 55:1-3: "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does … Continue reading Passion Week – Saturday Meditation