Pastor Tom Naumann digs into another Biblical picture of Jesus with the name Bridegroom. This is a picture used throughout Scripture, both by Old Testament prophets and by Jesus Himself. Jesus told many parables using the picture of a Bride and Bridegroom which pointed to the relationship between Christ and His church. Jesus, pictured as a husband has a loving concern for the church (not a church body or denomination, but the entirety of all those who believe in Him), which moves Him to give His life to save His bride. It is a beautiful and comforting title and name of our Savior. Listen to learn more!
Pastor Sam Rodebaugh describes Jesus as our Good Shepherd episode today. This description or name for Jesus is found in familiar sections like John 10 and Psalm 23, but is found in many other places as well. Don't let the simple description of "good" fool you. Jesus is more that just "good" - he is the one who rises above all the rest, the one who is perfect. He is the Good Shepherd who provides for His sheep and and protects them from danger. His love for the sheep is so strong that He even lays down His life for them and takes it up again assuring victory over the enemies of the sheep. What joy and what comfort is found in this name and description of our Savior!
For our Names of Jesus Word of the Week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew digs into the name Lamb. Possibly the most familiar and clear description of this name for Jesus is found in the words of John the Baptist at the very start of Jesus' ministry when he pointed to Jesus and said: "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). This picture of Jesus was rooted in the Old Testament and is found in Isaih 53:7 ("He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter") and Exodus 12 where the Passover was instituted. That passover lamb, which was killed pointed ahead to Jesus and the shedding of His blood on the cross. Peter even calls Jesus our "Passover Lamb" whose blood cleanses us from sin (1 Peter 1:19). Finally the Book of Revelation refers to Jesus as a Lamb 27 times describing Him as having been slain, but living and worthy to receive honor and glory and power. Yes, Jesus is the very Lamb of God, and what a fitting name it is!
This week, Pastor Nathanael Mayhew takes us into the familiar "Christmas" name for Jesus: Immanuel. Found in Isaiah 7:14, the LORD told King Ahaz that He would give a sign that would never be forgotten: A virgin would conceive and bear a Son. His name would be Immanuel. The word Immanuel is found only three times in Scripture, twice in Isaiah and once in Matthew. It literally means: God with us. Matthew tells us that this propphecy of Isaiah was fulfilled with the child Jesus. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:20-23), and He would save people from their sins. This child, Jesus, was more than just a man, He was indeed, True God, conecieved by the Holy Spirit. He was indeed what we sinners needed. Immanuel, God with us. We have an important reminder in this name of Jesus, of who He is and what He came to do.
In our Word of the Week, Pastor Rob Sauers takes us through a brief study of the term "Son of Man." This is Jesus' favorite title for referring to Himself in the Gospels. On the surface, it would seem that this term refers exclusively to Jesus' humanity and the corresponding term, "Son of God," refers to Jesus' divinity. However, as we will see in our study, the term "Son of Man" emphasizes both Jesus' humanity and divinity. We pray that this study will deepen your understanding of this important Messianic title.
In our Word of the Week series on the names of Jesus we consider the name: Redeemer. This name for Jesus is rooted in the Old Testament and what was known as the "Kinsman Redeemer" outlined in Leviticus 25 and described in the book of Ruth. A Redeemer was one who was related and would buy back the property of one who had lost it all due to poverty. What a beautiful picture of what Jesus has done for us! He has redeemed us by His precious blood (1 Peter 1:18-19) from every lawless deed (Titus 2:13-14) and from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13). All of this Jesus has done as our Redeemer. The Old Testament also describes Jesus as ever living Redeemer. Job says: I know that my Redeemer lives (Job 19:23). What comfort this sweet sentence gives! (TLH 200:1)
In our ongoing series of the Names of Jesus our Word of the Week is Messiah / Christ. These two words are a title more than a name. The word Messiah is from a Hebrew word which means Anointed One, and its Greek equivalent is Christos or Christ. The word points out one who was special or chosen by God for a special purpose. There were three positions that were anointed by God: Prophets, Priests, and Kings. For example, God sent Elijah to anoint Elisha as His prophet. God had Moses anoint Aaron as High Priest. And God sent Samuel to anoint David as King. But the Old Testament foretold another Anointed One who would be Prophet, Priest and King. This anointed one would be the Savior, the Christ. This is none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Peter confessed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the Living God. In John 20:31 John says that we are to come to know that "Jesus is the Christ" that we "may have life in His name." The resurrection points to Jesus as the one and only Messiah Who came to deliver us from sin. What a beautiful summary of who Jesus is and what He has done for sinners!
We are beginning a new series for our Word of the Week. Over the next couple of months, we are going to be focusing in on the various names and titles of Jesus. This week, Pastor Ben Libby takes us through a study of "Savior." A savior is someone who saves either from physical or spiritual enemies. The Judges in the Old Testament were saviors that God would appoint to deliver the people of Israel from their enemies. Later, the kings would fill that role. But these saviors were only types that pointed to the one, true Savior, Jesus Christ. The name Jesus means "Jehovah is salvation" or "Jehovah saves." While the judges and kings saved the people from physical enemies, Jesus came to save people from their sins.
Pastor Tom Naumann digs into the Biblical definition of the "Real Presence" in our Word of the Week. The Real Presence is the term that is used to describe the Biblical view of the Lord's Supper which teaches that Christ gives His very body with the bread of Holy Communion and His very blook with the wine distributed in Holy Communion. In contrast to this Biblical teaching, other churches teach views like Transubstantiation (Roman Catholic Church) which teaches that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ and cease being bread and wine and the view of Representation (Reformed churches) which says that the bread and wine ONLY represent Christ's body and blood. Based on Jesus' clear words in the Gospels and the Apostle Paul's clear teaching in 1 Corinthians 11, we can be sure of the teaching of the Real Presence in the Lord's Supper which is given to us for the forgiveness of our sins!
In this week's Word of the Week, Pastor Mark Tiefel discusses the terms "atheist" and "agnostic" - two terms that describe a growing group of people in our culture today. One of the fastst growing groups are what are refered to as religious "NONE'S" - those who say that they have no religious affiliation. But the Bible makes it very clear that God exists and that He has described Himself very clearly. So much so that those who reject the existence of God and those who say that He cannot be known are in error. It is foolish to reject the existence of God! God has clearly revealed Himself in His creation, so that they have no exuse to reject Him (Romans 1). God has written His laws on our hearts (Romans 2). This God has sent His Son into the world to save it from sin and death (John 3:17-18). When we reject this truth we bear the full judgment of our sin from a just and holy God. Jesus came to take that judgment upon Himself so that we might be saved through faith in Him.