King of the Jews

“And Jesus was placed before the Governor and the Governor inquired of him, saying, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ But Jesus said, ‘You say so.’” (Matthew 27:11)   “And Pilate asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’ But he answered him saying, ‘You say so.’” (Mark 15:2)   “And Pilate questioned… Read More

Those who are Far Off: Zechariah 6:9-15

“And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the Lord.” -Zechariah 6: 15a, ESV   The prophet has given us a great and grandiose picture of the coronation of the coming Messiah in this passage.  A crown with many diadems will adorn the royal head of our master,… Read More

The Festal Horns (Psalm 118:26-27)

“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! We bless you from the house of Yahweh. Yahweh is God and he has given us light—bind up the festival in thickets! As far as the horns of the altar!” (Psalm 118:26-27)               While it may seem that these two verses are rather… Read More

No One Comes To the Father, But Through Me: John 14:6

“no one comes to the Father if not through me.”               Jesus begins and ends this passage by focusing on himself.  Friends, salvation can be found in no other person or path.  It cannot be found in philosophy, in science, in achievements, in wealth, in family, in humanism, in Buddha, in Mohammed, or in… Read More

No One Comes to the Father: John 14:6

“no one comes to the father”               Do you see how the Trinity is at work in redemptive history?  We offended God by our sin and our rejection of his law.  Yet, rather than leave us to our deserved fate, God chose to work in our lives to redeem a people for himself.  God… Read More

No One: John 14:6

“no one”               Jesus has moved from making a positive statement of the truth to a negative one.  First he says, “Yes, I am the way…” and now he is saying, “No, there is no other way.”  In this way, Jesus makes sure that we understand the exclusivity of the Christian faith.  There is… Read More

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth and the life”               Not only is Jesus the true way and the truth within the world, but he is the life.  There is no life apart from life in Christ.  Though some people may think that they can find life in this world; they look for… Read More

I am the Way and the Truth: John 14:6

“I am the way and the truth”               Once again, we find Jesus using a definite article before the word truth.  Not only is Jesus the only way that leads to life eternal with the Father, but he is the only truth that we have access to in this world.  Think about that for… Read More

I am the Way: John 14:6

“I am the way”               It is important that you read this statement very closely, because many people in our culture do not understand the language that Jesus is using.  He says, “I am THE way,” he does not say, “I am A way.”  Our culture seems to think that it does not matter… Read More

I: John 14:6

“I”               This statement begins with the Greek word “ejgwv” (ego), which means “I.”  Though this may not seem significant, it is significant in the Greek language, for in Greek, the verb carries its own subject, in other words, it is redundant to use the actual word for “I” unless you are doing so… Read More

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Intro

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the father if not through me.’” John 14:6   This is one of the most well known statements that Jesus made, at the same time; we rarely take the time to reflect upon all of the theological… Read More

Liberation!: Isaiah 61:1f

“and to the ones imprisoned—liberation!” (Isaiah 61:1f)               This final clause in Isaiah 61:1 naturally follows the previous statement.  With the coming of the Messiah, the chains of bondage to sin are released, they are broken, and the prison cells of death have been opened wide.  Indeed, our Lord proclaimed just that message: “Truly,… Read More

Release to the Captives: Isaiah 61:1e

“To preach release to the captives…” Isaiah 61:1e               In the context of Isaiah’s ministry, this statement would have had a very specific promise, recognizing that at this point in history, the northern Kingdom of Israel has fallen and the people had been taken and scattered throughout the Assyrian Empire.  In addition, the southern… Read More

The Shattered Heart: Isaiah 61:1d

“He has sent me to bind the heart which has been shattered…” Isaiah 61:1d               When I read this part of the verse, my mind cannot help but to think back to the promise that was made by God earlier in Isaiah 35:4: “Say to those whose hearts are hasty; be strong and you… Read More

Good Tidings: Isaiah 61:1c

“to herald good tidings to the meek” Isaiah 61:1c               These words should immediately bring to mind the language of the angels in proclaiming the good news before the shepherds (Luke 2:10).  Indeed it was the role of the angels to proclaim the birth of the one who would bring such good news and… Read More

Because Yahweh has Anointed Me: Isaiah 61:1b

“Because Yahweh has anointed me…” Isaiah 61:1b   Oh, what an amazing statement this is in itself, that this Messiah is not one anointed by man, but by the covenantal God, Yahweh, himself!  How much more significant this becomes when you realize that this construction is only ever used three times in the Old Testament. … Read More

The Spirit of the Lord Most High: Isaiah 61:1a

This passage is one that is very familiar to us because of Jesus’ use of it during his first sermon back in his hometown of Nazareth.  Notice the unambiguous nature of this statement—“the Spirit of the Lord Most High, Yahweh, is upon me.   To begin with, when x;Wr (ruach), which can mean “spirit” or “wind”,… Read More

The Horn of Salvation

  “and he raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of David, his servant.” (Luke 1:69)   The theme of the “horn of salvation” has important Old Testament Biblical-Theological implications, yet, before we delve back into the Old Testament history of this language, it is important that we set the context… Read More