A Light to the Nations

In the prophecy in Isaiah 49:1-7, we overhear an interaction between “the Servant” (whom Simeon will identify as Jesus in Luke 2) and the Lord God. In this interaction, Isaiah gives us five aspects of this prophecy about Jesus the Servant:First, the Servant’s Call: In v.1, the Servant is named by God while still in His mother’s womb, commissioned, as v. 3 says, to be the Servant who brings glory to God. That mission gets explained a bit more in v. 6: the Servant is called to bring wandering Israel back to God. That’s how He glorifies God; that’s what Second, the Servant’s Mouth. What tool or weapon or instrument does God give the Servant to accomplish this mission? V. 2 tells us that God makes the Servant’s mouth like a sharp sword. The Servant accomplishes His mission with His mouth, through the preaching of the gospel.…

Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by CJ Bowen

After Baptism

Epiphany is the season in which the church remembers and celebrates the various ways that Jesus was revealed for who He really is, events like the visit of the Magi, where wise men from far-off nations showed that Jesus was king of kings, like Jesus’ baptism, in which Jesus was revealed to be the Son of God, and the Transfiguration, where Peter, James, and John caught a glimpse of Jesus’ true glory.In Acts 10, Peter is having another epiphany: God had repeatedly shown him a vision of unclean animals, and told him to go ahead and eat them, and he…

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Christmas II: Christmas and the Death of Death

Hebrews 2:14-18 is a Christmas text because it focuses on why Jesus became a man, taking on flesh and blood. The answer it gives us is that Jesus took on flesh and blood so that He could destroy the devil and deliver the people who were slaves to the fear of death. He did this through death, by having his flesh nailed to a cross and his blood poured out on the ground.For you to understand the joy of Jesus’ birth, you need to see Christmas and the cross tied together, and this is exactly what Hebrews 2 does. Christmas…

Posted on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 by CJ Bowen