He Has Done All Things Well

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HE HAS DONE ALL THINGS WELL!

Our God has done all things well. He has left nothing out, and he works everything for the good of those that love him. This is a truth that bears repeating, especially these days when many ask, “Where is God?” We can boldly say we know him, and that he has done everything well for us!

Mark 7:31-37

Jesus Heals a Deaf and Mute Man

31 Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre and went through Sidon, down to the Sea of Galilee and into the region of the Decapolis.[a] 32 There some people brought to him a man who was deaf and could hardly talk, and they begged Jesus to place his hand on him.

33 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. 34 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). 35 At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

36 Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. 37 People were overwhelmed with amazement. “He has done everything well,” they said. “He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

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Where is He now?

Christ Jesus ascended to heaven to be near us. Tonight marks 40 days since his resurrection and we gather to focus on what it means that he has “ascended to be near us.”

Luke 24:44-53 New International Version (NIV)

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53 And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.

Remember This Mountaintop

Today we conclude the Epiphany Season (Epiphany= to reveal, to make clear).  During Epiphany we were reminded that Jesus really is the Promised Savior as we see Him do miracles and listen to Him teach.  Generally, Jesus’ glory was hidden.  It need to be so, for if God were to reveal His full glory to us humans, we would be consumed.  But today we see a glimpse of His full glory.  For more than 500 years, the Church has celebrated this Sunday known as the Festival of the Transfiguration.  The word “transfiguration” simply means “a change in appearance.”  It refers to the account in the Gospel lesson for today when Jesus shined forth in all His heavenly glory.  Jesus gave his disciples a glimpse of his glory, because the cross was coming.  Jesus left that mountain and headed to Jerusalem where he would suffer, die, and rise again for all mankind.  As we see Jesus’ glory today, may we gain an even greater appreciation for his love for us.

 

Matthew 17:1-9 New International Version (NIV)

The Transfiguration

17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Look! The Servant of the Lord

As a new year dawns on us, many resolutions have already gone by the wayside.  In weakness we often forget or don’t have the self control to stick with it.  This is because we are sinful.  However, this year, as in years past we are still children of God.  We are baptized into Jesus, who came to take up all our weakness and failures.

Isaiah 42:1-4 New International Version (NIV)

The Servant of the Lord

42 “Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
    my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
    and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,
    or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
    he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
    In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

City of Peace

Right now we fight the good fight, and run the race laid out for us as a part of the church militant. Today we remember those who are in the church triumphant, right now, with the Lord at the marriage feast of the Lamb.