A Tax Collector and a Zealot

Text: Matthew 10:2-4 When Jesus sent out the twelve apostles on the “limited commission,” Matthew recorded their names. Aside from Judas who would betray Him, this record only provides us with information about previous activities for two men – Matthew the tax collector and Simon the Zealot. As we examine the differences between these two […]

“We Have No King But Caesar”

Text: John 19:14-16 After Pilate repeatedly tried to release Jesus, the Jews (influenced by their leaders) clearly and boldly repudiated Him. Why? It has to do with what they rejected and what they chose to focus on instead. Who/What Did They Reject? They Rejected Jesus They rejected Jesus even though Pilate found Him innocent (John […]

The Rise and Fall of the United States – A Biblical Perspective

Text: Isaiah 40:15 Lately, the U.S. seems to be in decline. Will this decline result in the inevitable fall of the U.S.? Nobody knows, but all of this has people asking questions. Does the U.S. hold a special place in God’s plan? Has God blessed the U.S. because of its founding upon biblical principles? Is […]

An Everlasting Kingdom

Text: Daniel 7:13-14 When we think of kingdom prophecies in the book of Daniel, we typically think of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (Daniel 2:44-45). This prophecy provides more details about the coming kingdom of the Lord. The Son of Man Would Be Given Dominion The word translated dominion is from a word that means the power to […]

Preaching Christ

Text: Acts 5:42 Most religious people recognize that the goal of preaching is to preach Christ. Yet there are distinct differences in their messages. Why? It is because of a misunderstanding about what it means to preach Christ. There is a popular way and a Scriptural way. We must opt for the Scriptural way. The […]

The Reign of Christ

Text: Psalm 110 The prophecy in this psalm helps to explain certain things about Christ, His kingdom, and His reign as king. Jesus Was Superior to David (v. 1) This psalm is clearly prophesying about Christ – David calls Jesus “Lord” (cf. Acts 2:34-36; Matthew 22:41-46) Jesus descended from David (Matthew 1:1), yet was David’s […]

Thoughts on Citizenship

Text: Colossians 2:15 In His death, Jesus made a “public display” of the civil rulers and “put them to open shame” (ESV). The full force of civil authority was against Christ (Acts 4:26), and they failed. But Jesus didn’t abolish civil authority (Romans 13:1). Therefore, we may live as citizens of an earthly country, but […]