March 24, 2019
"Did Jesus Jesus Happen", The Life of Christ
After the Baptism of Jesus and John the Baptist was put in Prison, Jesus entered His own ministry, His message was the same as John the Baptist (Matthew 4:17) until Israel rejected Him as being their Messiah in Matthew 12. What about the message of Jesus to Israel before they rejected Him. Note a few things concerning the Gospel of the Kingdom. The repentance called for a national repentance. The Old Testament teaches that the Messianic Kingdom cannot be set up until Israel as nation repents. Israel cannot receive the blessings from God the Father unless they do such repentance. In Matthew 4:23, Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom. The Gospel of the Kingdom had nothing to do with soul salvation, but was simply an announcement of the coming Messianic Kingdom. This Gospel is to be preached again during the seven year tribulation after the Church is translated into the presence of our Lord and this message will be preached again by the 144,000 Jews.
When Jesus sent forth the twelve disciples, He commanded them saying, go not into the way of the Gentiles and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel as as ye go, preach saying, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the Leper, raise the dead, cast out devils. Note not one thing was said about believing or receiving Christ as Savior. These signs were kingdom signs and had no reference to the salvation of the soul.
Next week I will relate some things concerning the Kingdom Sermon or the Sermon on the Mount.
(Just a Note: If you want to read my book "Did Jesus Just Happen" in its entirety, please go back to the very beginning of my sermon thoughts and continue with me until I finish which will be in several weeks)
Wayne McDoanld, Pastor