Showing posts with label Messiah. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Messiah. Show all posts

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Royal Servant

The theme of fulfillment is prominent in Matthew’s gospel. In Jesus, the promises of God find their intended fulfillment. He is the Son of God sent to redeem Israel and rule the nations. Peter, for example, confirmed that he was the “Messiah.” Nevertheless, he failed to understand that he would undertake that role as the suffering “Servant of Yahweh” who came to “bear the sins of many.” His true identity was revealed in his self-sacrificial act.

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Living Word

The Gospel of John identifies Jesus as the Logos, the “Word” through which God made all things. This is a key theme of John, one that builds on traditional ideas from the Hebrew Bible about how God created the Universe and especially life through His spoken Word. Jesus of Nazareth is the ultimate expression of that Word and the Living God.

Sunday, January 28, 2024

The Son of Man

In the three synoptic gospels, the term “Son of Man” is the self-designation found most often on the lips of Jesus. It is derived from Daniel’s vision of the one “like a Son of Man” who received the “dominion and kingdom” from the “Ancient of Days.” According to Jesus, “All the tribes of the Earth” will mourn when “they see the Son of man coming on the clouds of Heaven.”

The Kingdom Herald

After his baptism, the Spirit “drove Jesus into the wilderness… for forty days and nights.” Like Moses on Sinai, the Messiah of Israel found himself alone in the wilderness where he was tested and molded by Yahweh. His only guide was the Word of God. Like Israel, he was “tested.” Unlike Israel, he overcame every challenge and emerged victorious and “FULL OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.” Only then did he begin to proclaim the Good News in the villages of Galilee.

Friday, January 26, 2024

Rend the Heavens!

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus first appears when he is baptized by John the Baptist. He is identified with his hometown of Nazareth, a village of no consequence, though its very insignificance plays an important role in the story. He is the “Servant of the LORD” anointed by the Spirit who does not conform to popular expectations about the Messiah, BOTH THEN AND NOW.

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Voice in the Wilderness

The Gospel of Mark opens with a declaration based on passages in the Hebrew Bible, providing the scriptural basis for the ministry of John the Baptist. It sets the stage for the Messianic mission of Jesus and his proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Thus, Mark’s account begins on a note of fulfillment. The Man from Nazareth is the Messiah and Savior promised by the God of Israel in the Scriptures.

Son of Abraham

The introduction to Matthew states that Jesus is the “Son of Abraham.” He is nothing less than the heir of the covenant promises made by the God of Israel to the Patriarch, the Seed of Abraham.” His identification as the descendant of the Patriarch points to the theme of fulfillment that dominates the Gospel of Matthew. In this man from Nazareth, all the ancient promises of God find their “Yea, and Amen”!

The Son of David

The Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as the “Son of David.” In his life and death, he demonstrated what it meant to be the King of Israel. This last designation was linked traditionally to the House of David; but in Matthew, that understanding of the Messiah is altered in unexpected ways. The Greater “Son of David” is more than the Ruler of Israel or King over the Nations, for he is the Messiah of a radically different kind, the “Servant of Yahweh.”

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

His Name is Jesus

In Matthew, an angel informed Joseph that the child carried by Mary was “begotten of the Holy Spirit” and instructed him to name the child ‘Jesus’ - “Call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” This name pointed to the saving act of God for His people which He was about to reveal.