The Old Testament ends on a powerful promise that God would send his Messiah to redeem mankind from the grip of sin, death, and the devil. We see that promise fulfilled in the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The fulfillment of that promise helps us anticipate the fulfillment of the final promise of the New Testament -- that Jesus, the Messiah, will return in glory. We know he is coming even though we do not know when. There are and have been many students of Scripture who believe they have pinpointed the exact day and hour of Christ's return.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.