The Scrolls of the Anointed One: Reading Luke 4:14-19 in Conversation with Revelation 5

Lucas Vieira

Luke’s inclusion of the Isaiah scroll in 4:14-19 points to the son of Mary- Jesus- as the anointed one who has come to bring justice for the downtrodden and marginalized. The question then arises, how is the community of believers (aka the church) supposed to understand and act upon this prophetic announcement? Does Jesus’ proclamation of his spirit-empowered identity in any way inform those who follow him about their own identity? John’s vision of the throne room of God in Revelation 5, I will suggest, illuminates our understanding of the identity of Jesus as the Χριστός (the Christ/Messiah/Anointed One), and thus elucidates our understanding of the identity of Jesus’s followers, namely the community of believers.

And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. And he came…

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My heart breaks for America, but rejoices in hope.

Lucas Vieira

I look around and see a nation divided. How did we get here? How did we get to the point where one neighbor hates another and where people on both sides of the aisle are called liars? How did we get to the point where Christians argue viciously that our only hope to “save” America is to vote for one of two candidates who, in my opinion, are both flagrantly wicked?  How did we arrive at the place in which we have begun to idolize our candidates, placing our allegiance to them over our conscience, our Scriptures, and our love for our neighbor? I have no desire to further discuss the failures of our political system, our political candidates, and the failures of our nation during this time which is filled with both anger and fear, but there is something I must say.

Though my heart breaks for America, my heart rejoices…

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Peace in the Questions

Lucas Vieira

I spend a lot of time in the little prayer chapel at my school asking God for answers.
In those moments of inquiry, confusion, and yearning, sometimes I expect Him to give me an answer right away. Yet most of the time, God doesn’t work that way. And that’s totally okay. Sometimes what we really need isn’t immediate answers- what we really need is peace in the midst of the questions. Thankfully, the lover of my soul is the Prince of Peace. He’s got me. He’s got you. Just give Him your questions, and He’ll give you his peace.

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The summit of philosophy…

“But Moses, who had early reached the very summits of philosophy, and who had learnt from the oracles of God the most numerous and important of the principles of nature, was well aware that it is indispensable that in all existing things there must be an active cause, and a passive subject; and that the active cause is the intellect of the universe, thoroughly unadulterated and thoroughly unmixed, superior to virtue and superior to science, superior even to abstract good or abstract beauty…”

Yonge, C. D. with Philo of Alexandria. (1995). The works of Philo: complete and unabridged. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

The Importance of The Resurrection

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Lucas Vieira

Why is it so essential?

“Our old history ends with the cross; our new history begins with the resurrection.”
-Watchman Nee

During the easter week, many believers’ Facebook pages and Instagram accounts are full of quotes and statements proclaiming how Jesus is not dead, but alive (and of course this is very true). During the week, I was reading through Luke 22, and it occurred to me that contemporary Christian culture has somewhat missed how central the resurrection is to the Christian faith. It is not simply another Christian holiday, and it is not simply another eucharistic event. It is in the center of Christianity. The resurrection of Jesus has, in some measure, been taken-for-granted in western Christian culture.

“…[E]ven when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved and raised us up with him and seated us with him in…

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