The Kingdom Has Come
Big Idea: The New Testament opens with the long-awaited announcement. The Kingdom of God has come.
There was an excitement and expectation in the air as God took on the form of man, born of the Holy Spirit, to fully represent us. Jesus, God’s Son, was born in 4 BC. Jesus, the son of Mary, by the Holy Spirit, held the promise of the fulfillment of the promise of the Kingdom.
No wonder Satan (the ruler of this world) tried to kill him as a baby through King Herod. No wonder he tried to tempt him with riches, power and authority;
No wonder he had some of Jesus’ own family try to throw Him off of a cliff;
No wonder thirty years later, the devil enticed Greek visitors to lure Him away from Israel; No wonder he ultimately incited a riot against the new King and had the religious Jews incite Pilate to nail him to a cross. They placed a prophetically titled sign over his cross. “The King of the Jews”
When the devil engineered the death of Jesus, that was his fatal blunder. Jesus was the only man not under his authority as his slave. Satan became a murderer and by universal jurisprudence, he was judged to be guilty and lost his legal right to rule the world.
As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
Luke 19:37-40 NASB
The cross was the turning point in history. When Jesus, God himself, died on the cross, he rightfully represented every person ever born.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. Isaiah 53:4-6 NASB
At the cross, Father God’s justice was satisfied. Jesus was not born into slavery to the devil, because Mary’s first child was from the Holy Spirit. Jesus became the second Adam and was qualified to represent all mankind as the lamb of God. Jesus’ death paid the price of all sin, for all mankind, for all time.
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
… But the Lord (Father God) was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He (Jesus) would render Himself as a guilt offering, He (Jesus) will see His offspring (the Church), He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His (Jesus‘) soul, He (God the Father) will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, (Jesus) will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities. Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty (the Kingdom benefits of the victory) with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:4- 12 NASB
700 years later, as Jesus was hanging on the cross in our place, Isaiah’s prophecies were fulfilled: And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:50-54 NASB
Prayer for Canada Father, we pray for our nation of Canada. Thank you for the men and women who have given their lives to establish a godly foundation for our nation. May we, who are now here, have the wisdom and fortitude to keep Canada on the path of peace that you’ve always planned for our nation. Bless our Politicians, Educators, Churches and business leaders with vision, understanding, and courage to lead our nation with righteousness and justice.
In Jesus’ Name we pray.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
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