Isaiah 53:5 – March 28, 2019

But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed. Isaiah 53:5 NABRE      Isaiah 53 celebrates a suffering servant’s trials and the good effect they produce. The verse opens with four stages: first, it describes the servant’s noble origins and the low esteem in which he is held as a “man of sorrows.” Second, we learn that all this suffering…

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Isaiah 53:3 – March 20, 2019

He was spurned and avoided by men, a man of suffering, knowing pain, Like one from whom you turn your face, spurned, and we held him in no esteem. Isaiah 53:3 NABRE      Isaiah 53 is part of several passages known as the Servant Song. It speaks about a suffering servant, proclaiming the value of suffering, in that the servant triumphs through humiliation and suffering. More than that the servant makes the pains and the suffering…

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1 Peter 4:16 – February 6, 2019

But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. 1 Peter 4:16 NABRE      Peter in chapter four of his letter speaks about suffering, how it joins the sufferer to Christ. We read Christians are being persecuted for their belief in Christ by pagan and gentile people. It seems an odd way to fortify and encourage the community of Christians by telling them they will…

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Romans 8:37 – December 1, 2018

No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 NABRE      Paul in the verses preceding the quoted verse proclaims believers united with Christ are led by the Holy Spirit and are sons and daughters of God. God’s adopted children are rescued from the fallen family of Adam, raised to a new standing in the divine family of the Father and counted as younger siblings of Jesus, the first born…

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