Emulating Emmanuel

Scripture: Luke 4:14-21

Speaker: Rev. Gus Christo-Baker

At the end of this passage Jesus says, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” He was referring to the Isaiah prophesy that he was anointed to proclaim good news to the poor, freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Jesus knew his purpose on this earth. What is your purpose?

Claiming the Joy of Salvation

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-3

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

Many people are sad about Jerusalem and their people being in exile. Isaiah preaches that the people must claim the joy of salvation. Salvation is for those who are oppressed, brokenhearted, needing freedom and forgiveness. Salvation brings righteousness and praise to God. Salvation is something. Salvation is the gift of relationship with God.

Awakening to Hope

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

Isaiah hopes God will save Israel. Isaiah wants God to subdue enemies. Isaiah wants God to do mighty miracles like God did in the days of Moses. The preacher reasons that with mighty miracles all will be well. Then the preacher remembers that not all was well during the time of Moses. The preacher remembers that the Israelites transgressed against God despite all the miracles. Hope does not require knowing how God will act. Hope trusts God will act. Hope leaves the how to God.

Great Light

God can bring light to a land of deep darkness. This is the miracle of grace, but sometimes the wait seems long. We are reminded oppression does not have the last word. A child of Light is promised, but even then the child has to grow up. Transformation takes time. Salvation takes time. We often need time to be ready to receive grace. We often need to extend grace and time to those who are recovering from oppression. Let's embrace God's Great Light and stand with the oppressed.

Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-6

Speaker: Rev. Dr. John Whitaker

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