Beginning 2016 with Epiphany Brightness

Published on January 27th, 2016

Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” Luke 9:18-20

Whenever we begin a new year we hear from all of the prognosticators about what might happen in the year ahead. As the “ball” dropped and we began the new year we know that there are far more questions than answers:

  1. Elections? What in the world will happen in our US elections – not to mention the myriad of other elections in other countries?
  2. Who will make it to the “Final Four”? Is this the year for the CUPS?
  3. What is going to happen with the stock market? Big decline? Small correction? Upswing?
  4. How will the Supreme Court decide a number of critical issues?
  5. What about the weather in 2016?

The answers to these questions will be quite temporal of course and the truth is that no one can give a definitive answer to any of them ahead of time. Some things are simply beyond our knowing! But we do know good news for all people and we do have the answer to those huge eternal questions! The big and main thing is not beyond our knowing! On the first day, last day or any of the other days the truth and certainty of God’s Word is answered in Peter’s response to our Lord’s question to His disciples, “And he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” And they answered, “John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered, “The Christ of God.” Luke 9:18-20

We often pretend to know more about “things” than we really know! We move ahead into this new year of 2016 with the faith and knowledge that Jesus is, “The Christ of God.” We plan the work in our congregations, in our district and our synod affirming what the Apostle Paul confessed, “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,..” 1 Cor. 2:1-3

Even the Apostles did not ride “high horses”. We don’t either. Instead we are called to faithfulness to God’s Word and humility in our ministry! We seek to speak of what we know without portending to earthly prophecy or temporal prognosis about everything UNDER the SON. In our work in the Indiana District we pray that God remain properly focused as we strive to “.. press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

In Christ, Daniel