The Suffering Servant

Text: Isaiah 53 He Did Not Have the Appearance of a King (v. 2) Man often superficially judges according to appearance (1 Samuel 16:1,6-7) God expects us to judge righteously (John 7:24) Man of Sorrows (v. 3) Jesus lived as a man (John 1:14) — necessary to fulfill God’s plan (Hebrews 2:14-15) In His life […]

Turmoil in the Middle East

Text: Genesis 21:9-13 From the beginning, there has been strife between Isaac & Ishmael. It continues today between Jewish & Arab peoples. Misconceptions About the End Is Armageddon Coming? Common concept of Armageddon — armies of Christ & armies of nations gathered in Israel; one final, great battle Bible depiction of Armageddon — enemies of […]

Keywords in the Prophecy of the Coming Kingdom

Text: Isaiah 2:2-4 Mountain – government, authority (Daniel 2:44; John 18:36-37; Matthew 28:18) House – the church (1 Timothy 3:15), linked to the kingdom (Matthew 16:18-19) Nations – Gentiles, kingdom open to all (Acts 2:37-39; Ephesians 2:13-16) Come – individual responsibility to follow Christ (Joshua 24:15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) Teach – we must know God’s […]

“Behold, the Lamb of God”

Text: John 1:29 Clues John gave about Christ: Jesus Was Perfect – The lamb for the sacrifice had to be perfect (Exodus 12:5) Jesus Would Have to Die – He was a sacrifice (Matthew 16:21; Isaiah 53:7) They Were in Bondage to Sin – The sacrifice began the deliverance from bondage (Exodus 12; John 8:32-34) Sacrifices Were Ending – […]

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Text: Daniel 2:31-45 Citizenship – kingdoms rise and fall (Philippians 3:20) Prophecy – God’s kingdom would be established in the days of the Roman kings (Matthew 3:2; 4:17; Colossians 1:13) Kingdom – not a physical kingdom (John 18:36); the kingdom is the church (Matthew 16:18-19) Eternal Kingdom – God’s kingdom would never be destroyed (1 […]

Faithfulness of God

Text: Lamentations 3:23 God has promised never to forsake us. How does this fit with the notion that the Father forsook Jesus on the cross? The Crucifixion – Matthew 27:33-54 The Prophecy – Psalm 22:1-24 The Application – We may be viewed with contempt, seen as forsaken, and surrounded by opponents, just like Christ. Yet […]