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December 27, 2010

This coming Sunday I’ll be preaching the texts of Psalm 72 and Matthew 2:1-12. We will be talking about “signs” that reveal who Jesus is (Messiah, King, Redeemer, fulfillment of God’s promises). Matthew’s gospel (like the other three) seems to have a lot of these “signs” that help reveal who Jesus is and also reveal God’s Mission to us.

This morning as I was going through Common Prayer I read the words from yesterday’s entry concerning Stephen, a famous early follower of Jesus…

Stephen was the first in a long line of Christian martyrs. He looked on those who were about to kill him and asked the Lord to forgive them (Acts 7:60). His courageous nonviolence in the face of death resembled that of Christ. It is said that Jesus sat at the Father’s side after his ascension into heaven, but rose to greet Stephen when he arrived. -Common Prayer, Dec. 26

Stephen understood the “signs” of who Jesus was, even such difficult ones as forgiveness of enemies and self-sacrifice. And his life became a “sign” pointing to Jesus. What “signs” do we see of Christ’s work in the world? How is my life pointing to Jesus?

One Comment
  1. January 5, 2012 2:22 am

    So we have the rapture, which John did NOT SEE, then the great earthquake at the 6th seal, then the signs in the sun and moon, all pointing to the imminent start of the Day of the Lord, exactly as Paul wrote.

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