The Advent of our King is not shaking like a leaf on a tree, but rejoicing in the budding of spring. The things which terrify unbelievers are signs for believers that Christ is coming. There will be terrors right up to the end, but the Word remains forever. Most will sulk over this dying world, but believers watch for our King.
We see that Christ is the king of all creation because He is true God and true man who has purchased and won you. Therefore — since all rule has been given to Him — He’s ruled over all creation to bring you to and keep you in the faith because all true worship is given to him. We find comfort because His kingdom will never be destroyed; it will only be made glorious and visible on the last day.
What is the secret to being content in any and every situation? It’s knowing your savior and knowing that you have eternal life. It’s knowing that He will provide according to what is best for you, and He will use you according to what is best for your neighbor.
What kind of judge do you already have? One who has given you life, and then uses you to give others life. One who is clear about the expectations (you are declared righteous). One who has perfect harmony with the Father. One who deserves all honor because He is true God and He has saved you.
We can avoid the faithlessness that destroyed Israel by concentrating on and confessing Christ, by not letting a servant in the house have the place of the head, and by holding fast by faith to the confession of Christ.
Marriage is meant to be a mini-model of Christ’s love for His church: He made our dress; earned our ring with his own blood, sweat, and tears; and it is His promise to us, given to us at our baptism, so we are now all one family.
Who do you say Jesus is? A good man, somebody who had the word of God who made it possible for you to be saved, or the savior who saved you? And how do you view the cross, both Christ’s cross and the crosses he allows in your life? Are they something that aren’t glorious to you, or do you see God’s glory through them?
Jesus has done everything well. He heals a man of deafness so that he could hear and believe the good news of salvation in Christ. Jesus has also opened your ears to hear his Word and believe it. Jesus heals the man so that he can speak. Jesus has given you faith so that you can pray to God on behalf of your friends and share the good news of salvation with them.