Who Am I?

Today’s reading is Luke 9.

Don’t miss this. Peter’s good confession in Luke 9:20 is significant. We have heard it our whole lives and might be tempted to rush through it, thinking, “Oh yeah! I know this part.” But this is what the entire book of Luke is about. This is what all four of the gospels are about. We tend to read these gospels like modern biographies. We want to hear about the birth, what was going on in the world, a chronology of events, a precise accounting of conversations and actions, leading to the subjects death. We get confused when each of the gospels gives a differing presentation of some of those facts. They change the order of events. They don’t give exact records of the conversations. They don’t give all the details of everyone who was involved. And they even do that in some pretty significant places and events. Ancient biographers were not interested in that kind of presentation. I don’t just mean the Bible authors, I mean ancient biographers in general. The gospel authors were writing biography the same way the ancients did. Don’t misunderstand. They didn’t make stuff up. They didn’t lie. They didn’t invent the stories. But they were not interested in giving a detailed chronology of events, actions, and conversations. Their goal was not to explain what the subject of the biography did or what people did around him. Their goal was to explain who the subject of the biography is. Therefore, they crafted the events, actions, and conversations together to make that point. That is what these gospels are about. Each is written from a different perspective, with a different audience in mind, driving home a slightly different nuance of meaning. But each one is designed to prompt this one conclusion: Jesus is the Christ of God. He is the anointed Lord, Savior, King, Priest. Follow Him. Become like Him. Keep reading Luke and see how every event, every action, every conversations points to this one fact: Jesus is the Christ of God. Then believe it and have life in His name.

Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 9.

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Friends of the Groom

Today’s reading is Revelation 11.

Every hero has friends. Remember Fezzik and Inigo in “The Princess Bride”? In modern weddings, we carry on this idea with the best man and the groomsmen. These are the men who were supposed to support the groom and fight off any who would challenge the groom for his bride. Our Hero, the groom of the church is no different. He has two friends, the descriptions of whom remind us of Moses and Elijah. Then we see the same story cycle repeated over and over in Revelation. At first, these friends are unstoppable. If any would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes the enemy. However, the seemingly unstoppable get stopped; the beast makes war on them and kills them. The people celebrate the death of the Hero’s friends. It looks like the Hero is going to lose. However, then the unimaginable happens. Just when the enemy believes it has won, the Hero’s friends are resurrected (just like the Hero) and are called to the Father’s throne. Judgment rains down on the enemies. God is glorified. Praise the Lord, Jesus always wins!

Tomorrow’s reading is Revelation 12.

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Pay Closer Attention

Today’s reading is Hebrews 2.

Because Jesus is better than the angels, the communicating God has done through Him is better than the Law and the Prophets. But what does that mean for us practically? “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” Sadly, as we look around today, it seems that many people believe that because the Gospel of Jesus is better than the Law of Moses, we don’t have to pay that much attention. We can kind of float around and be generally spiritual and offer some mental assent to Jesus and His superiority and everything will be alright. I mean, the Law…boy, you had to really pay close attention to that to make sure you didn’t violate it, but the gospel is easy. However, the author of Hebrews seems to have the exact opposite notion. Jesus is better. His gospel is better. So we better pay much closer attention or we will drift away from it and abandon the salvation Jesus has authored. That is what makes what we are doing here so important. We need to be reading, studying, memorizing, meditating. Let’s pay closer attention today to Jesus’s message to us.

Monday’s reading is Hebrews 3.

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Hear the Son

Today’s reading is Matthew 17.

There are a great many voices crying out for you attention. Some good, some not so good. But none so good as Jesus. Even Moses and the Prophets pale in comparison to Him. There are a great many things we can learn from the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings, but everything worth learning from them actually leads us to Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God. The Father has spoken to us through Him. Keep reading the written Word, but do so to meet the Living Word. Then having met Him, share Him with those around you. That is disciple making.

Tomorrow’s reading is Matthew 18.

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