Jesus

  • What are your credentials as a Christian? What are your most noteworthy deeds as a follower of Christ? Before you ponder such questions too deeply, be careful! Personal credentials and accomplishments are actually obstacles in your path. Or as Jesus’ apostle Paul puts it, those are garbage compared to the surpassing value of experiencing the righteousness, power, sufferings, and resurrection of Christ. None of us has “arrived” as a Christian. Instead, we press on toward the goal of knowing Christ and of being called heavenward in him.

  • We dedicate so much of our lives trying to fit in and feel like we belong. With each passing year we realize the brokenness of our world and its inability to satisfy the longings of our heart. More and more feeling out of place might actually be a good thing? God's Son unsurprisingly seemed out of place when he came to this earth. Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when the same is true of those who follow him. All the more we want to discover the beauty of knowing we don’t belong.

  • We dedicate so much of our lives trying to fit in and feel like we belong. With each passing year we realize the brokenness of our world and its inability to satisfy the longings of our heart. More and more feeling out of place might actually be a good thing? God's Son unsurprisingly seemed out of place when he came to this earth. Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when the same is true of those who follow him. All the more we want to discover the beauty of knowing we don’t belong. This week, we look at where this all started for Jesus public work. In his baptism he takes us with him as he launches onto the scene to live a life that is entirely contrary to this world. As Martin Luther put it, “(in baptism) We do no favors.” We make ourselves and our children enemies of sin, death, and Satan. Yet, how beautiful it is to know that God in baptism has saved us for our eternal home. Even now he helps us live an un-worldly life.

     
  • We dedicate so much of our lives trying to fit in and feel like we belong. With each passing year we realize the brokenness of our world and its inability to satisfy the longings of our heart. More and more feeling out of place might actually be a good thing? God's Son unsurprisingly seemed out of place when he came to this earth. Therefore, it shouldn't surprise us when the same is true of those who follow him. All the more we want to discover the beauty of knowing we don’t belong.