A light dawned in Galilee as Jesus announced the arrival of the kingdom of heaven…
The prophets of ancient Israel had spoken of an age in which an heir to the throne of David would come to save her from her adversaries. God’s people learned to look forward to the promises of forgiveness, of the Spirit of God, of their bodily resurrection, and of glad tidings announced to the poor, all in order that they might freely worship him without opposition in the Messianic age of peace. As the long-awaited heir whom David himself had hailed as Lord, Jesus fulfilled the prophecies and demonstrated his full divinity by healing diseases, defeating demonic authorities, forgiving sins, proclaiming the good news to the poor, laying down his life, and rising from the dead. Now exalted to the right hand of his Father and having received as man all power, he gives his Spirit to those who, despairing of their own goodness, intellect, and power, trust the promise of forgiveness through Christ’s blood shed for the whole world. Through offering his life in word and sacrament, he brings the prophesied realm of his Father into this fallen age, before the final judgment of his enemies and the full, glorious presence of the Spirit with the resurrected heirs of the kingdom. | Sing with joy
It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? Did you suffer so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith—just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
“I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2).
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