“The people living in darkness have seen a great light…” – Isaiah 9:2
The time after the Epiphany and before the Lenten Season is a good time to explore the life and teaching of Jesus. In the Epiphany, he is manifested as Lord over all, for all. In the weeks following the Epiphany, we can look again at what Christ’s Lordship entails for those who follow.
Jesus method of teaching included drawing connections between what he was doing and what God had been doing all along. When we read the Gospels we see Jesus quoting passages from the Old Testament. He especially enjoyed preaching and teaching from the prophets and the Psalms. For Christ, everything in Scripture belongs. It is all grist for his mill.
Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.