March 17, 2019
"Did Jesus Just Happen" The Life of Christ
The Message of John the Baptist was Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. In the background, the Old Testament teaches that there is to be an earthly and visible kingdom over which the Son of Man is to rule (Daniel 7" 1-14, 2:34; 44-45, Jer. 23:5, Zech. 14.9) At the time of the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, there was a wide spread expectation of the coming of the Messiah. Simeon and Anna waited in the Temple for the Consolation of Israel. The Wise Men came inquiring where is He that is Born King of the Jews. Whey they found Him, they worshiped Him as King and Messiah.
It was not until Jesus was thirty years old that John The Baptist appeared at the Jordan, preaching "Repent Ye" and we are told that his mission was to prepare the way of the Lord. Prepare the way for the King (Messiah), not for the Cross because John never preached the Cross, but prepare the way for the kingdom. John the Baptizer was expecting a literal and earthly kingdom for when he was in jail he sent word to see if Christ was the One to come are do we look for another Messiah. John the Baptist did not recognize Christ as the Lamb to be slain unto the Baptism of Jesus and even afterwards He was questioned whether He was the Christ or Elijah...When Nathaniel exclaimed "Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God, Thou art the King of Israel, this man was looking for a King.
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor