Temple Sacrifice and Salvation

After Jesus was born, Luke tells us that His parents took Him to the temple to present Him to the Lord, and to complete their time of purification by offering turtledoves or pigeons for an ascension offering and a sin offering, just like the Law told them to. There they met faithful Simeon, who had been waiting to see God’s salvation, and who spoke of the wonderful things that Jesus would do.At the end of His life, Jesus Himself became the new temple, the place where God meets with His people, and now He builds His people into His body…

Posted on Wednesday, January 03, 2018 by CJ Bowen

Full of Favor

Gabriel’s words to Mary show us that God’s favor means that He will fill the hungry with good things, even when that seems impossible. The power of God fills barren wombs, even virgin wombs, in order to place a Son on David’s empty throne, so that He can fill a hungry world with righteousness and peace. God favor means that He fills the hungry and the empty with Jesus.This is the message of Luke chapter 1, the message of the gospel, the message of the incarnation, and the message of the Lord’s Table. God invites you to bring your empty…

Posted on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 by CJ Bowen

A Mouth Full of Laughter

Is your mouth full of laughter? Does your tongue overflow with shouts of joy? We don’t usually think of laughter as a spiritual discipline, do we? And yet when we think about the great things the Lord has done for us, God means for us to be glad. So if you aren’t laughing, you aren’t listening. You are not obeying the will of God for you, the will of the God who commands you to rejoice always, and who gives you a reason to rejoice in Jesus Christ.But, you say, I have many reasons for sadness. All around me I…

Posted on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by CJ Bowen