He has Risen!

He has risen (Luke 24:1-12).  This is the reason that we are celebrating today.  We are rejoicing in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ for us.  Three days ago, on Friday, Christ died for your sins, being perfectly obedient to the Father and fulfilling all things.  He spilt his blood on the cross to atone for your sins; our …

Good Friday

The Apostle John records (John 19:30): “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”  “It is finished.”  To understand what exactly is finished, you have to step-back and look at the entire arc of the Scriptures, beginning in Genesis.   In the very beginning, prior to …

Holy Thursday

The prophet Jeremiah records the Word of the Lord which declared the coming of a new covenant.  The Lord says it won’t be like the covenant that He made with His people before, the covenant that they broke (Jeremiah 31:31-34).   In the sacrificial system that was a part of this old covenant, the tribe of Levites was set apart …

Palm Sunday

We’ve reached Holy Week at the end of this Lenten season in which we have been preparing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday – the Easter or Paschal Triduum. This preparation is something that our Lord Jesus Christ did as well.  His whole purpose in coming in the flesh leads up to this Holy Week.  Indeed, God’s promises …

Blessed

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked… but his delight is in the law of the Lord,” is in Psalm 1.  Likewise in Jeremiah: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man… Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord” (Jeremiah 17:5ff).  And Jesus tells the disciples something similar in Luke’s Gospel: “Blessed …

The Nets

In both Isaiah 6 and Luke 5, there is an encounter with the Holy Lord God which shakes the person who encounters Him. In Isaiah, the prophet is caught up before the throne of God.  The six-winged seraphim are flying around the throne; with two wings they flew, with two they covered their feet (so as not to give offense …

Good News

Who do people think Jesus is?  Or, to narrow the question a little bit, who do the people of Nazareth in today’s reading think Jesus is (Luke 4:16-30)?  He grew up there; they know him and his parents.  He’s respected enough to be allowed to read in the synagogue.   So, he returns to his hometown after he’s been doing …