The Colloquy Podcasts
Christ is my redeemer (Gal. 3:13). Christ is my Advocate (1 Jn. 2:1). Christ is my High Priest, attested to by numerous verses in the book of Hebrews. Christ is the second person of the Holy Trinity, and the fullness of God dwells in Christ (Col. 1:19, 2:9). As a Lutheran, I stand at the reading of the Holy Gospels in Divine Service. Christ has given his Body and Blood on behalf of my sins. I encounter Christ every Divine Service through the Sacraments, as the bread and wine are His True Body and True Blood; the True Presence of Christ is in the bread and wine. I don’t have to understand it, but I believe it. Christ is my joy and hope. He is the founder and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2). He is my Lord and my God (John 20:28). He was born for ME. The Incarnation of Christ, the biblical title of “Emmanuel” that the Bible gives Jesus, these things all tell us that God did the unthinkable.
Instead of having us blindly grope around in hopes of “finding” or “discovering” God, he came to us. Christ came to us.
Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death, all for my sins. All for me. I love the “Jesus Christ For YOU” culture of Lutheranism. Christ born FOR ME. Christ crucified FOR ME. Christ resurrected FOR ME. Christ ascended FOR ME. Christ provided atonement FOR ME, or at-one-ment. He restored my relationship to the Father. Christ is my Sinless Savior, and I receive his righteousness by faith. Because Jesus was tempted like I am but didn’t sin, I can relate to Him. I can identify with Jesus. And I am not the only one who can identify with Christ. We need to tell the world about the powerful fact that He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Blessed be my Lord and Savior! Now our Lord and Savior has descended to the heavens. However, he promised that He would not leave us as orphans, but would send us another Comforter: John 14:16-17
NASB 2020 16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may be with you forever; 17 the Helper is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him; but you know Him because He remains with you and will be in you.
And now, I will move on to talk about the Precious Holy Spirit.