It is fitting that at the very moment Jesus was, quite literally, shedding his blood for us, he addressed God as Father, thereby modeling for us the new and living way that was being opened to all of us through the gospel.
Biblically speaking, we are all refugees in the sense that we all should have a sense of displacement, a longing for the only true place where we are at home: the presence of God.
In the aftermath of Korah’s rebellion, very few would have believed that one day their family would be appointed to lead worship for all of God’s people.
When we affirm the substitutionary atonement (i.e., that Jesus died in our place), we also understand that this was only possible because he had lived in our place.
When the Bible refers to love and hate, it does not correspond particularly well with the ways those two words are used today.
As Christians, we remember that God sent his Son into the world to restore the honor that rightly belongs to him.
We can hear the voice of the Good Shepherd even under the clamoring din of the voices of unbelief and skepticism that surround us.
The righteous will find in the end that the afflicted will be heard, the fatherless and the oppressed will be comforted, and today’s terror will be replaced by the joy of his divine presence.