What time is it? Where are we in the unfolding narrative of God’s story of promise and deliverance? Isaiah and Jesus each show us what the time of arrival looks like. With Isaiah we look for a time yet to come. With Jesus we remember that the time has already arrived.
Isaiah 35:1-10 An exuberant picture of divine rescue that far outstrips everything we see around us. A picture to give us hope that what is death-dealing today can be life-giving tomorrow.
Matthew 11:2-11 Isaiah’s vision finds its initial fulfillment in Jesus. The time is now.
Psalm 145:5-10 We know that God is at work when we see the sorts of things happening that Isaiah promised and that God enacted.
James 5:7-10 Patience is not passive.
This week on LectioCast we mentioned some truly exceptional pieces of literature:
Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? by J. R. Daniel Kirk
Unlocking Romans by J. R. Daniel Kirk
A Man Attested by God by J. R. Daniel Kirk
Mihee Kim-Kort is a Presbyterian minister and spouse to another Presbyterian minister. She is a mother to three, and in her spare time reads, writes books, blogs and freelances for various publications. Sometimes, she tries something random like woodworking or brush lettering, but ends up on social media procrastinating from writing. She is passionate about the intersections between parenting, justice, and spirituality.
Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, and blogger who lives in San Francisco, CA where he is currently Pastoral Director for the Newbigin House of Studies. His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is hot off the presses. Daniel holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com (http://patheos.com/blogs/storiedtheology). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.