Advent 2015: Jesus as Author

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:3

 

Have you ever thought of writing a book? Perhaps some of you have actually done so, while others of us have only thought of the possibility. In the passage above from the epistle to the Hebrews, Jesus is presented to us as author—the author of our faith. Ponder this for a few moments. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whom John in the prologue to his gospel identifies as the eternal Word, source of all creation, is the author of our faith. He has written the story of life, including its salvation. What a story it is! Human beings, the finest, finishing creative touch of the Son, fell from the lofty heights granted them in the opening chapter of the story, to the depths of alienation and its accompanying misery. These real-life characters in the story, ourselves included, sought and continue to seek to wrench the pen from the hands of the author and write our own version of the story, full of backtalk, murder, mayhem, and self-congratulations.

Into this story, the author inserts himself, draws the errant story lines together, and writes in his own blood the message of rescue and reconciliation. He authors the entirety of the story, from our creation to our salvation, and himself brings it all to perfection at the end. Oh, tell me the story of Jesus, write on my heart every word. This story is life itself.
~Dan Gibson

Advent 2015 — Names of Jesus

Luke 1:31 -You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.

The Bible tells us that the name of Jesus was chosen by God Himself, delivered by the angel to Mary when she receives the astounding news that she will conceive by the Holy Spirit.  It is not His only name—God’s Word is full of over 150 different names for the Son of God to help us understand more fully who He is and why He came to be among us.

During these 26 days of Advent, our Chapel writers will alphabetically explore some of the Names of Jesus.  Follow along with us!