Day 26: When Christmas Is Over

I am teaching world history to a couple of kids this year, and the first day of class was definitely my favorite. Before we discussed the Pharaohs, the Peloponnesian War, or the Renaissance, we started by drawing diagrams all over the white board. I wanted to make sure we had the foundation down: what is…

Day 25: Advent, Christ’s Birth and Cosmic Battle

Revelation 12 peels back the curtain and reveals the ‘rest of the story’ behind the nativity scene. What looks like an ordinary baby being born in a stable surrounded by an adoring mother and father and a few shepherds and perfectly-behaved sheep is actually the battle scene foretold in Genesis 3: “I will put enmity…

Day 24: Christ the I Am

You know a statement is powerful when the listeners start throwing stones. At the end of John 8, after an almost humorous back-and-forth with the Pharisees, who can’t seem to understand why Jesus claims to know Abraham, Jesus says it bluntly. “Before Abraham was, I am.” Immediately, everyone started picking up stones to throw at…

Day 23: The Lord our Righteousness

I am breaking from the traditional I Am’s of Christ to another name of Christ—one that I’ve been thinking about today after the sermon yesterday and a fascinating word study this morning. 🙂 Jehovah Tsidkenu. The Lord our righteousness. The name appears only in an obscure prophesy in Jeremiah 23: “Behold, the days are coming,…

Day 22: The Bread of Life

I’ve never really wrestled with the meaning–and sweetness–of Christ as the Bread of Life until recently tackling the Bread of Life passage in John 6 with a Catholic girl I’m discipling. Honestly, I didn’t have answer for her when she described the Roman Catholic traditions surrounding the passage. But as I dug in, I came…

Day 21: Christ as the Living Water

I have often wondered why, if Jesus promised He was the Living Water that always satisfied, unmet desires didn’t go away the moment I was saved. After all, didn’t Jesus tell the woman at the well that “whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again” (John 4:14). Why is…

Day 20: The Light of the World

Recently, I was doing research for an article for work when I came across this image. It is early morning on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon. Apartment complexes, strewn with drying clothes, makeshift air conditioning units, and a mishmash of curtains, fill every conceivable space. Refugee families, 250,000 of them to be exact, fleeing the…

Day 19: The Wise Men, the Queen of Sheba, and the Incomparable Christ

“Behold, the half was not told me.” When the Queen of Sheba experienced the vast array of Solomon’s achievements and wisdom, she was utterly astounded (1 Kings 10:7). She had found an incomparable king, and the expense required to see him seemed as nothing to her. “Behold, the half was not told me.” If we…

Day 18: Advent and God’s Love

Search the entire world, and you will find no love comparable to the act of the incarnation: God Himself suffering as a man in order to reconcile those who hated him. And yet, I am often oblivious. It’s not that I don’t know about God’s love as put on display in the Christmas story, but…