1. By looking to Him in faith we receive healing and eternal life through the salvation He bore for us on the cross and secured in His resurrection.
  2. The Law does its work of killing so we are drawn to Christ who makes us alive by His death and resurrection.
  3. The promise between God and Abraham reflects God’s relationship with all of His people, which includes the Church, and through the Church to each one of us.
  4. Abraham had a daring confidence that God would reveal a saving work to him on that mountain.
  5. Before we set out for that Lenten journey, though, we meet with God on many mountains with Elijah and Moses, and through the same number of valleys with them as well.
  6. Jesus is the very incarnation of the comfort Isaiah speaks of. He is the Word of God shining in a weary and dark world.
  7. Moses cannot do what needs to be done for Israel much less for himself. We need a prophet greater than Moses, since even Moses needs a savior for himself.
  8. In Epiphany, we witness this man and the miracles and ask: “Who is He?” Subsequently, in wonder and awe we might reply together with our Jonah reading: “Who knows?”
  9. Indeed, in Samuel the Lord has drawn near as the words and actions of this unexpected prophet help us listen carefully to the voice of God in His rare Word.
  10. Just as God brought life from the chaotic formless waters at creation, so He brought life from the waters of the Jordan for you in Christ.
  11. It was because He wore all our ugliness and mockery on the cross that we have this great exchange.
  12. How would you respond in trust to the God who is with us? This is a perfect line of thinking on Christmas Eve as we behold the coming of Christ the King as the babe of Bethlehem who is our Emmanuel.

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