The kids are on vacation this week and I'm running around like crazy. I even found myself in the X-ray room at the local children's hospital this week! Thanking God that everything is fine and that I found time to meditate on this week's study in Ann Spangler's Praying the Names of Jesus.
This week brought my attention to two names. CHRIST and MESSIAH. They both mean the same thing. "Anointed one." Someone set apart for a special purpose.
In this week's study, Ann Spangler writes that the first Christians thought of Jesus "as Israel's Messiah, he was the greatest of all kings, the one called and empowered to destroy God's enemies and extend his kingdom throughout the earth. His mission was to put an end to our deepest troubles--to rebellion, sin, and death."
The study had me reading many prophecies from Psalms and Isaiah that I haven't read in some time. Wow! How quickly I forget how Jesus' fingerprint is on every book of the Bible, how God's amazing plan points to the One who gives, and is, all-encompassing grace. Jesus.
If your curious or you just want that precious reminder, read Psalm 22, Isaiah 52, 53. I pray that God refreshes your spirit this weekend!