April 12, 2019

“The Church United by Love”, Class 2, “Your God reigns”, Chris Birtles, Thames Valley churches of Christ

Passage: Isaiah 52:7-8
Service Type:
The Return of the LORD
Isaiah 52:7,8
How beautiful upon the mountains
 are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, 
who brings good news,
 who announces salvation, 
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, 
together they sing for joy; 
for in plain sight they see 
the return of the LORD to Zion.
Class 1: Rebellion & Reconciliation
God made humans in His image to be stewards of Creation
From the Fall onwards humans rebelled against God
Even the covenant people rebelled and were sent to Babylon
Only God Himself could offer the faithful obedience necessary to end the exile
The Good News: Your God Reigns
Jesus is king
But the Romans are still here?
Daniel 2:44
How do we explain this?
How Will New Kingdom Arise?
The conquest of the Promised Land followed established pattern of strength over weakness
The Jews anticipated the new kingdom would follow the same pattern
YHWH would be king so Israel would reign supreme
Psalm 2:10,11- "Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the LORD with fear,
with trembling kiss his feet,"
The Final Journey to Jerusalem
Luke 19:11-27   The Parable of the Ten Pounds
Luke 19:28-40   Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Luke 19:41-44    Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem
Luke 19:45-48    Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem
Luke 19:41-45
Visitation - Episkope
Episkope: that act by which God looks into and searches out the ways, deeds character, of men, in order to adjudge them their lot accordingly, whether joyous or sad  NRSV Concordance
Parable of the ten pounds/minas
Parable of the talents
Parable of the wicked tenants
The Return of the LORD
Jesus sees His final journey to Jerusalem as embodying the return of God to Zion
The cross is the ultimate sign that Israel has rejected its king
Jesus’ Temple-action shows that Israel now stands condemned
The Real Enemy
Israel is apostate and as much the problem as Rome
Israel defeating Rome will not solve the problem
The real enemy is sin and death - Satan
The Lord’s Supper
If the Temple is corrupted so too are its rites
Luke 22:15-19
Jesus sees His imminent death as sacrificial – replacing the Temple-rites
The Plan of Battle
In Jesus’ eyes the battle would be fought and the kingdom inaugurated through His death
Jesus would let the enemy do its worst and prevail
Why Passover rather than Day of Atonement?
The Enemies of God Crushed
Daniel 2:44
The First-fruits
Celebrated day after Sabbath
Sadducees: First Sunday after Passover
Pharisees: Celebrated the day after the Passover
John 19:31
…that sabbath was a day of great solemnity.
Barley harvest – a sheath offered to YHWH before harvest collected
So Jesus was the Passover Lamb and the first-fruits of the harvest
Now But Not Yet
The resurrection points towards a future fulfilment
1 Corinthians 15:20-24
The Enemies of God Crushed
Daniel 2:44
Now But Not Yet
So where and when are we?
Familiar narrative
Triumphal entry
The Hidden Narrative -NTW
Mary and Joseph trek from north to south because of a Roman decree
Jesus is born in Bethlehem
Micah 5:2
N.T. Wright: How God Became King – The clash of the kingdoms
Good Friday - the Sixth Day
Genesis 1:27,31
John 19:5
God takes on the image of man and becomes the man who truly bears the image of God
The Hidden Narrative
John 12:13,15
John 19:2
John 19:14
John 19:19
Matthew 28:2 - The Roman guard cannot contain Jesus
Paul – prisoner of Rome
Acts 28:16,30-32
Who is in control?
The Throne of the King of the Jews?
Mark 10:37-38,40 - The cross becomes the throne of Jesus
The Good News:Your God Reigns
A different kind of kingdom
Philippians 1:27
Philippians 2:5
We will continue with the third class in two weeks’ time on 26th April 2019.
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