Isaiah 50 is one of four Servant Songs that proclaim the coming Messiah, the Christ, and announce ahead of time his sufferings and death.
We approach this often misunderstood event in the Christmas story by looking at three topics related to the Wisemen's journey: their decision to go; a dangerous detour; and a different way home.
The true meaning of Christmas is found in Scripture, and there in the book of Isaiah it tells us that this Son that is given to us comes to us amidst the darkness and distress in which the world lives.
After Jesus was born Magi came from the East to Bethlehem.
Luke's gospel gives us a rare view of the early life of Jesus and his family.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that the fullness of God dwells in Christ and we have been filled Christ, so we don’t need religious or philosophical supplements. We have fullness of life and liberty in Christ.
Paul was appointed by God to reveal the mystery of Christ through the preaching of the Gospel, so that through his preaching, the mystery of Christ would be revealed to the nations and the riches of the glory of Christ would be spread among the nations.
We increase in the knowledge of God as we grasp more and more deeply the identity and preeminence of Christ and who we are in him.
As we consider this text the question we need to ask is: Are we increasing in our faith in Christ and in our love for all the saints?
John calls us into a deeper contemplation of the significance of the incarnation. The baby in a manger was a sign of God's cosmic and eternal purpose.
Christ's enemies at his crucifixion behaved just as the enemies of the Gospel do today. And so, for today's Church, the crucifixion exemplifies God's love and the world's hostility.