HERE IS YOUR GOD!
Isaiah 40:9 - “ You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain.
You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout,
lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah,
“Here is your God!”
This past hunting season, I had a book out where I hunt and when there is enough light I take it out and read some. It was about the study of Christ. I'm not done with it, but so far I read about the Person of Christ, that He is the One who lives in us and among us; and the Office of Christ, the work of redemption which he would do for us. It was interesting to read as I was preparing for the Christmas Season, when we celebrate God becoming our brother.
The Season of Epiphany, which begins in January, studies the same thoughts. Epiphany says: “Look at this man, Jesus of Nazareth. Here is Your God! Look at his sermons. He teaches in a totally different way. Not only because his message was different than the do's and don'ts of the Pharisees but also different because He could teach with an authority as the Son of God.”
“Look at his miracles! Here is your God! Look at the wonderful things he does when he heals the leprous, the lame, the blind, the deaf, sometimes with just a word or a touch – ailments which our medicine today may not even be able to help! Look as he walks on water, or with a word stills the storm. Look how he commands the demons and they leave the afflicted alone. Look at how he commands and the dead are raised. Here, this Man, is your God!”
The Bible is rich with promises of God becoming man and the work which he would do. The Bible says: “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him.” When Adam and Eve sinned and rebelled against God, Sin became our Slave Driver with its whip over our head; Death closed its jaws around us; and the Devil became our lord and master. We needed a strong man, one who was God to be the perfect life and the perfect sacrifice which God demands for us.
Resolve this year to study God Word. Look for those promises and their fulfillment in this God-Man, Jesus of Nazareth. Listen for the references in readings and sermon about who he is and what he would do. Join us in Bible classes to study deeper into God's Word. And your soul will rejoice, when you learn more about God and His Love and what He has done for you.