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Are You the One

Luke 7:18-23 (NASB)

The disciples of John reported to him about all these things. Summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” When the men came to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to You, to ask, ‘Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?’” At that very time He cured many people of diseases and afflictions and evil spirits; and He gave sight to many who were blind. And He answered and said to them, “Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the gospel preached to them. Blessed is he who does not take offense at Me.”

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The Importance of Daniel: An Overview

Daniel 1 (NASB)

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. The Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and he brought the vessels into the treasury of his god.

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A Face of Flint in the Face of Fear

Luke 13:31-35 (NASB)

Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, “Go away, leave here, for Herod wants to kill You.” And He said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I reach My goal.’ Nevertheless I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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A Life Without Strife

Philippians 2:1-5 (KJV)

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let his mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

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God and I at Rest

Genesis 2:1-3 (KJV)

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

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Resurrection Day (Son of God, Son of Man)

II Samuel 12:15-18 (NASB)

Then the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s widow bore to David, so that he was very sick. David therefore inquired of God for the child; and David fasted and went and lay all night on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him in order to raise him up from the ground, but he was unwilling and would not eat food with them. Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!”

“The LORD struck the son that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill…and the son died.”

What an unusual verse for an Easter Sunday message, right? David had an affair with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, and she bore to David a son. After the prophet Nathan confronted David with his sin, the Bible says “The Lord struck the son” of David, and he died. What? Why did God judge the son for the father’s sin? A few weeks ago in our 8:00 a.m. service, one of our members told me the tragic story of a new mother who was breastfeeding her baby. The mom fell asleep, and when she woke, her baby was on the ground dead. I contacted the parents. They cried, “Why is God punishing us by taking our baby away? Why?

  1. In the Old Testament, God punished the sin of a man on the son of that man.
    This is difficult for us in a modern, western culture to comprehend or understand. But let me prove it.
    1. Ham sinned against Noah and God punished Canaan, Ham’s son (Gen. 9:24-25).
      We are not sure what Ham did to his naked, drunken father Noah, but when “Noah awoke and saw what Ham had done,” he pronounced a curse on Canaan, the father of the Canaanite people.
    2. The Lord said, “I visit the iniquity of the fathers on the children (Ex. 34:6-7).
      Don’t gloss over this. In the Old Agreement (Covenant), the son of a man paid for his father’s sins.
    3. David sinned with Bathsheba and the Lord struck the son of David.
      If you believe the Word of God, “the Lord struck the son” borne to David for the sin of David.
    4. The people of Israel were well aware God punished the son for his father’s sins.
      Of course, that does not mean people weren’t also punished for their own sins. But when you have an infant who dies in infancy, or an infant borne with a deficiency, where is the infant’s sin? The disciples met a man “blind from birth” and asked the question, “Who sinned, this man or His parents?” (John 9:2). What kind of question is this? The kind asked by people who understand that the Covenant of Law is quite clear that the son of a man is punished for the sins of that man.
  2. Likewise, among the Israelites a deed of courage and honor was credited to the father.
    This is something that we intuitively do even today. We will see someone stellar and ask, “Who is he?”
    1. David killed Goliath and Saul asked, “Whose son are you, young man? (I Sam. 17:58).
      Some say Saul asked this question because he didn’t know David. Not true. Saul knew David. This question was a cultural one. “Your father deserves the praise and glory for your heroic actions.”
    2. Jesus called Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah” (Matt. 16:16-17). – Why? Peter had just correctly identified Jesus as “The Anointed One,” and as was the custom, an honorable action was credited to the father.
    3. Jesus said, “I do what I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13).
      So, grasp in your minds that in the Old Covenant way of thinking, the son of a man was punished for the sins of that man, and the father of a son was glorified for the honorable deeds of the son.
  3. Jesus Christ is both the Son of God and the Son of Man.
    Anyone who takes their marching orders from the Old Testament Scriptures is missing Jesus Christ. Jesus is the “the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). “I want to know Christ” (Phil. 3:10). We know that Jesus is “the Son of God,” born of a virgin. He is Emmanuel, God with us. In HIM, all the fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelt” (Col. 2:9). But why is He called “The Son of Man?” Jesus is the Son of Man, because when He died at Calvary, He bore the judgment of God due my sins.
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The Gospel Experienced Personally and Declared Boldly

Luke 12:1-7 (NASB)

Under these circumstances, after so many thousands of people had gathered together that they were stepping on one another, He began saying to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops.

“I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

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