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Luke 1:5-13, 57-80 Commentary
by James Hanson
Is God faithful to God’s promises?
If so, why are our lives, and the world, still such a mess? There is probably no more fundamental question in all of the Christian faith; for when it comes right down to it, our trust in God’s promises is what makes us Christian. We aren’t in full possession of salvation individually or corporately, and the world as we experience it falls far short of the vision of justice, harmony, and fullness described so vividly in Scripture as God’s ultimate will for us and for creation. It is our trust that our lives and this troubled world are ultimately in the hands of a loving God who is moving all things to God’s purposes that makes it possible to encounter life with a measure of confidence and hope; and so a lot is at stake in how we understand God’s faithfulness.
The conviction that in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, all God’s promises find their “yes” is at the core of the New Testament. Arguably, though, the author of ...
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NL202: Zechariah's Song
December 20, 2015
This podcast discusses Luke 1:5-13, 57-80, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Dec. 20, 2015.