Jesus and the Old Testament…..continued
In the last post we considered that Jesus did not come to set aside the moral commands of the OT, rather He came to fulfill them.
Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:17-19 NAS).
What relevance, if any, does the Old Testament have for the New Testament believer? That is not a question to be left to Bible scholars with little or no practical value for the “people in the pew.” It is of tremendous practical concern for the church and the individual Christian. Walter Kaiser Jr. states this very clearly,
It is no exaggeration to claim that this question outranks every other problem in Christian theology. The manner in which this question is solved affects every other area of theology in one way or another. Therefore, we can pose no more fundamental question in all of theology: the answer to this problem will leave its mark in every realm where we can formulate and act out our theology.
What is the relevance of the OT for the NT believer? Read more
Many parents wait on special opportunities to seek to bring their children to Christ. However there is a point of contact we have with them everyday which provides continual opportunities to evangelize them-that is, if we do it the right way. What is that point of contact? Take time to listen to the message and find out.
What if Jesus of Nazareth did not rise from the dead? What if His bones have long since rotted and retuned to dust? Have you ever stopped to consider and contemplate that question? According to 1 Corinthians 15:14-19 there are serious implications if Christ did not in fact rise from the dead.
“If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain. Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” (NAS) Read more
Our church will be observing a day of prayer and fasting this coming Saturday, 1/26/13. Have you ever wondered why we would should fast as New Testament believers? This message does not deal with all of the issues associated with fasting, but it does point us in the right direction. Read more
Jesus interrupted the meal to announce that one of the twelve was going to betray him. The eleven genuine disciples became unglued and each began to inquire if he were the one. This also included a discussion among the disciples as to which one of them it could be (John 13:22). It appears that none of them had the slightest reason to suspect any specific man. However, Peter, in usual form stepped up to the plate and discreetly put another disciple up to asking Jesus to identify the betrayer (John 13:23-24). So, reclining on Jesus’ chest, within inches of his ear, John asked the question, “Lord, who is it?” (John 13:25 NAS). Read more
One of the most sobering moments in the Upper Room is when the Lord Jesus said to the Twelve, “Truly I say to you one of you will betray Me” (Matt 26:21 NAS). As soon as he made this solemn announcement, the disciples began to ask Jesus the question that perhaps is one of the most familiar phrases recorded in the gospel records, “Surely it is not I, Lord?” (Matt 26:22 NAS) Read more
It was the 14th of Nisan. That night the disciples would eat the Passover with their Master. They knew the drill. Preparations had to be made. They just needed to know where. So, they asked Jesus, “Where do you want us to go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” (Mk 14:12, NAS). Jesus takes two of them aside, Peter and John (Lk 22:8), and gives them instructions.
Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him; and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, The Teacher says, “ Where is My guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; prepare for us there. The disciples went out and came to the city and found it just as He had told them; and they prepared the Passover (Mk 14:13-16 NAS).