The bad news of human’s sin and
God’s judgment is not the end of the story. If it was there would be no hope
for us. But why was Salvation through the sacrifice of His Son?
For thousands of years after the
fall God prepared the world through law and prophecy for the fulfillment of his
promise in Genesis 3:15 with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Bible is the story of God’s
counter offensive against sin. It’s the grand narration of how God made it
right, how He is making it right and how he will one day make it right forever
Jesus had to be fully God in order
to live a sin free life and beat death and he had to be fully human to
represent us before the Father.
we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses,
but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did
Jesus began His ministry on earth
by proclaiming “The time has come! The kingdom of God
is at hand. Repent and believe the good news!” What was the good news? For
centuries, through His law and prophets, God had foretold of a time when He
would once and for all put an end to the world’s evil and rescue his people
form their sin. He would establish His rule, His “kingdom” in the person of a
messianic King, one who was of the royal line of King David.
In 2 Samuel 7:11 God promised David
that one of his sons would rule on his throne forever.
And in Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful
Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He
will reign on David’s throne and over his
kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord
Almighty will accomplish this.
This was Jesus! And in Luke 1:32-33 the angel said to Mary, “He will be great and
will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne
of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants
forever; his kingdom will never end.”
The Gospel of Matthew begins with
a genealogy that traces Jesus’ ancestry directly back to King David and then on
to Abraham himself. Matthew stylizes his
genealogy, dividing it into 3 generations of 14. And 14, as any good Jew would
have known, was the number arrived at by adding up the values of the 3 Hebrew
letters D-V-D “David”. There should never have been a question of who Jesus is!
But the kingdom He was preaching
wasn’t what they were looking for. They wanted someone to overthrow the Roman
government and Jesus was healing, teaching, forgiving sin and telling the Roman
governor “My kingdom is not of this world.”
John 18:36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight
to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another
Someday He will rule on earth for 1000 years
and then over the new Heavens and earth forever. But they were looking at what
was going on right then.
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