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TROUBLE BECAUSE OF CHRIST

One of the threats that the disciples of Jesus faced in the book of Revelation is that of “trouble” (thlipsis – affliction, distress, oppression, hardship, tribulation). John states that he shares in this trouble, which would include his banishment to Patmos for preaching God’s word (Rev. 1:9). The Christians at Smyrna had already suffered some distress (Rev. 2:9), but more is coming (Rev. 2:10). For the saints at Smyrna, their “trouble” included economic discrimination and slander (Rev. 2:9) and it is going to escalate into some being imprisoned and possibly death (Rev. 2:10).

In the larger framework of Revelation “trouble” comes in several forms. There is “unofficial” or non-governmental oppression, which includes: harassment for being identified as a Christian (Rev. 2:3, 9; 3:8-9); economic and/or social deprivation (Rev. 2:9); and slander (Rev. 2:9). There also seems to be “official” or governmental oppression in form of imprisonment (Rev. 2:10); economic (Rev. 13:17); and violent death (2:10; 11:7; 17:6). John attributes the ultimate source of “affliction” to Satan (2:9, 13, 24; 3:9; 12:3-4, 12-17), whether the trouble comes through social or political channels.

I understand the above “troubles” to refer to the late first century and the context of the Roman empire (that is the context in which John originally wrote) and not to some future “tribulation” (I have deliberately not used the word “tribulation” above because of the various problematic connotations the word carries in our time). This does not mean that there is no application of this material for the people of God today. Like all the New Testament, none of it was originally written “to” us, but it is written “for” us to learn from and apply to lives.

The call to “faithful until one dies” (Rev. 2:10) is as relevant for the people of God today as it was when John wrote it nearly two thousand years ago. This is a call to remain faithful all of one’s life following conversion. This is also a call to be faithful even if (when) life gets turbulent because of following Jesus. Following Jesus still can still have social and economic repercussions. In some situations, it means that faithfulness might lead to death itself like it did for Jesus.

Christianity requires perseverance, but we persevere in Jesus. In Jesus, our life is not trouble free, but we can endure whatever trouble, opposition, suffering, affliction, hardship, or distress comes to us because of Jesus, through our relationship with Jesus and the church. We know this is true because Jesus is the one “who was dead and has come life” (Rev. 2:8).

HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAYS TO THE CHURCHES

One repetitive phrase that strikes the reader of the second and third chapters of Revelation is “He who an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Each message to the seven congregations ends with this phrase (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22). What should we make of this?

First, each congregation is addressed individually, but not privately. Notice that the recurring phrase is “what the Spirit says to the churches” (plural). John expected each congregation to respond appropriately to what was written not only to it but also to the other six churches. This understanding is also supported by the fact that there is no manuscript evidence for the individual messages to have independently circulated. All extant manuscripts have all seven messages together. In other words, the messages never existed independently, but only as part of a whole work.

Second, we know from Paul’s letters the names of several other cities in Asia Minor in which there were Christian congregations. Why were no messages written to them, why these seven congregations? There are several possible answers to this question, but the best answer has to do with the number seven. The number seven has a symbolic meaning of complete or all-inclusive. By identifying just seven churches, John designates the messages to be for all churches, wherever they may be located.

Third, each church receives a message reflecting its own situation and indicates that each of the seven churches seems to possess a distinct character and personality. Although there are differences in the situations and personalities of the congregations, there is one overarching challenge: whether or not to compromise true faith (even if it entails serious social, economic, or political consequences). Will the people of God in these cities join the Nicolaitans, Balaamites, followers of Jezebel, and Laodiceans who are participating in various forms of compromise and accommodation or will they be faithful? The letters to the seven churches were designed not only to comfort the afflicted but also to afflict the comfortable (those who were tempted to assimilate into the attractive pagan culture).

Finally, it is helpful to ask some questions while studying these messages. What type of congregation and individual Christian is Revelation attempting to form? How is the character of a community of faith developed and shaped? When individuals come together to form a Christian congregation, a faith community, that congregation is more than the sum of its parts, more than the sum of the individuals that make it up.

In The Presence Of The Living One

The first scene in the book of Revelation has John claiming that his message comes from a visionary experience that he had while he was “in the Spirit” (Rev. 1:10) and being told to, “Write what you see in a book” (1:11). The first thing that John sees and hears is a divine figure whose appearance was difficult to describe in human language.

The repeated use of the words “as” and “like” (1:14-16) indicates that John was describing something that did not fit within the confines of ordinary speech and belongs to the divine realm. The Old Testament (Isa. 11:4; 44:6; 48:12; 49:2; Ezek. 1:24; 43:2; Dan. 7:9, 13-14; 10:5-6; Zech. 4:2) and cultural symbols provided the language through which John conveyed his vision. These images tell the reader that Jesus is really Lord. Christ is powerful, priestly, and present (this is a present and not a future reality). Christ is not an absentee landlord.

The presence of this Lord Jesus among the churches is a message that the churches are not alone, but have Christ in their midst, both as Savior and judge. This disclosure of the presence of Christ may be reassuring or unsettling depending upon the position of the reader. The depiction of Christ of chapter one provides the basis for the two functions of comforting and confronting the congregations.

Why is this picture so important to the seven letters? To comfort in the midst of harsh conditions. To confront spiritual assimilation. This is not the time for Jesus meek and mild. This is not the time for Jesus on the cross (there is more to Jesus than the cross). It is a sign of security. It is a sign of hope, the one who was killed is now living, and permits the church to participate in His victory over empire and over death. The vision is a call to discipleship. The one who speaks the word of God summons the church to obedience.

Revelation does not simply convey information but confronts readers with the presence of a living being.

Expositor’s Seminar 2018

Here are the audio files from Expositor’s Seminar. Unfortunately, the file size of Mark Black’s fourth presentation was too large to upload to this website. If you cannot download these files and/or would like Mark Black’s fourth presentation, please email Mark Johnson and he will Dropbox the files to you.

 

THE CRUCIBLE OF FAITH: The Contemporary Relevance Of The Formative Stories Of Seven Ancient Congregations

Please join us at the Columbine church of Christ Sunday mornings in February and March at 10:00 AM for an exploration into:

THE CRUCIBLE OF FAITH:

The Contemporary Relevance Of The Formative Struggles Of Seven Ancient Congregations

Feb. 4           The Scary Jesus: The Reigning King Jesus – Rev. 1:9-20

Feb. 11         Abandoned Love In Ephesus: Rekindling One’s First Love – Rev. 2:1-7

Feb. 18         Persecuted In Smyrna: Remain Fearless And Faithful – Rev. 2:8-11

Feb. 25         Accommodation in Pergamum: Quit Compromising – Rev. 2:12-17

March 4       Tolerant In Thyatira: Assimilating Despite Active Faith – Rev. 2:18-29

March 11      Dead In Sardis: Reputation Without Reality – Rev. 3:1-6

March 18      Missional in Philadelphia: Enduring Commitment – Rev. 3:7-13

March 25      Lukewarm in Laodicea: Indistinctive Discipleship – Rev. 3:14-22

 

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Mark’s Remarks

We are off to a good start with the spiritual development program that we are implementing. Many have signed up to read the New Testament through this year. Did you get the first five chapters of Matthew read this past week? If you did not sign-up, it is not too late to start and catch-up. Reading plans are available in the foyer, on the congregational web page, and the church Facebook page. You can accomplish this goal by reading a chapter a day (actually five chapters in a seven-day span). Also, you can use the various audio devices to read the texts to you (in the car, at home, etc.). This is a reachable goal that all of us can achieve and we all ought to want to participate in.

A second spiritual discipline area we agreed to participate in is that of memorizing 100 verses of Scripture this year. We attempted to coordinate the memory verses with the New Testament readings. I realize that the thought of memorizing 100 verses sounds a little overwhelming, but it really amounts to memorizing 2 verses each week (that does not sound so bad). Many of you probably already know several of the verses we have chosen to memorize. The list of memory verses is available in the foyer, on the church website, and on the church Facebook page. A “log sheet” for recording the verses that you memorize is also available in the foyer.

A plan is in place to begin the Song Leading area of the spiritual development program. Ed Conrad has volunteered to coordinate this area (way to go Ed!). How we are going to carry out the Good Samaritan (service projects) area is less clear. We will need to a meeting later this month (I am guessing on a Sunday morning following the AM assembly, but my guess might be wrong) to discuss how we want to proceed with this. If you are interested in doing service projects, be thinking about what you want to do (not what you want someone to do) and what it will take to make your idea work.

If you would like to participate in Yellowstone Bible Camp this summer, registration is now “live.” You can find out more information concerning YBC on their website https://www.yellowstonebiblecamp.com. I will be teaching at Family Camp I, June 30-July 7(camp session information – https://www.yellowstonebiblecamp.com/family-camp-1-info.html). It would be great to have a few familiar faces there (all the faces there will be friendly).

READING & MEMORIZATION PLAN for 2018

WEEK 1 (Dec. 31 – Jan. 6)          Read: Matthew 1- 5                                  Memorize: Mt. 6:33; 7:1

WEEK 2 (Jan. 7-13)                     Read: Matthew 6-10                                 Memorize: Mt. 7:2-3

WEEK 3 (Jan. 14-20)                  Read: Matthew 11-15                               Memorize: Mt. 7:4-5

WEEK 4 (Jan. 21-27)                  Read: Matthew 16-20                               Memorize: Mt. 7:13-14

WEEK 5 (Jan. 28 – Feb. 3)         Read: Matthew 21-25                               Memorize: Mt. 22:36-37

WEEK 6 (Feb. 4-10)                    Read: Mt. 26-28; Mk. 1-2                          Memorize: Mt. 22:38-39

WEEK 7 (Feb. 11-17)                 Read: Mark 3-7                                           Memorize: Mt. 28:18-20

WEEK 8 (Feb. 18-24)                 Read: Mark 8-12                                         Memorize: Proverbs 3:5-6

WEEK 9 (Feb. 25 – Mar. 3)        Read: Mark 13 – Luke 1                            Memorize: Prov. 6:16-17

WEEK 10 (Mar. 4-10)                 Read: Luke 2-6                                           Memorize: Prov. 6:18-19

WEEK 11 (Mar. 11-17)               Read: Luke 7-11                                         Memorize: Luke 9:23

WEEK 12 (Mar. 18-24)               Read: Luke 12-16                                       Memorize: Isaiah 59:1-2

WEEK 13 (Mar. 25-31)               Read: Luke 17-21                                       Memorize: 2 Chron. 7:14

WEEK 14 (Apr. 1-7)                    Read: Lk. 22-24; John 1-2                          Memorize: John 3:3-5

WEEK 15 (Apr. 8-14)                 Read: John 3-7                                             Memorize: John 4:23-24

WEEK 16 (Apr. 15-21)               Read: John 8-12                                           Memorize: John 18:36

WEEK 17 (Apr. 22-28)               Read: John 13-17                                         Memorize: John 14:13-14

WEEK 18 (Apr. 29- May 5)       Read: John 18-21; Acts 1                             Memorize: John 20:30-31

WEEK 19 (May 6–12)                Read: Acts 2-6                                               Memorize: Acts 2:38

WEEK 20 (May 13-19)               Read: Acts 7-11                                            Memorize: 1 Kings 22:5; 1 Chron. 28:9

WEEK 21 (May 20-26)               Read: Acts 12-16                                          Memorize: Jeremiah 29:11; Proverbs 9:10

WEEK 22 (May 27 – June 2)     Read: Acts 17-21                                           Memorize: Acts 17:30; 20:7

 WEEK 23 (June 3-9)                  Read: Acts 22-26                                           Memorize: Acts 22:16; Psalm 37:4

WEEK 24 (June 10-16)              Read: Acts 27 – Rom. 3                                  Memorize: Romans 6:3-4

WEEK 25 (June 17-23)              Read: Romans 4-8                                         Memorize: Romans 8:28

WEEK 26 (June 24-30)              Read: Romans 9-13                                       Memorize: Rom. 10:9-10

WEEK 27 (July 1-7)                    Read: Rom. 14 – 1 Cor. 2                               Memorize: Rom. 13:8; 16:16

WEEK 28 (July 8-14)                  Read: 1 Corinthians 3:7                                 Memorize: 1 Cor. 6:19-20

WEEK 29 (July 15-21)                Read: 1 Corinthians 8-12                              Memorize: 1 Cor. 10:13

WEEK 30 (July 22-28)                Read: 1 Cor. 13 – 2 Cor. 1                              Memorize: 1 Cor. 16:2

WEEK 31 (July 29 – Aug. 4)       Read: 2 Corinthians 2-6                                  Memorize: 2 Cor. 5:21

WEEK 32 (Aug. 5-11)                Read: 2 Corinthians 7-11                                Memorize: James 1:14-15

WEEK 33 (Aug. 12-18)              Read: 2 Cor. 12 – Gal. 3                                   Memorize: Galatians 2:20

WEEK 34 (Aug. 19-25)              Read: Gal. 4 – Eph. 2                                        Memorize: Gal. 5:13-14

WEEK 35 (Aug. 26 – Sept. 1)    Read: Eph. 3 – Phil. 1                                        Memorize: Ephesians 5:19

WEEK 36 (Sept. 2-8)                 Read: Phil. 2 – Col. 2                                         Memorize: Col. 2:9-10

WEEK 37 (Sept. 9-15)               Read: Col. 3 – 1 Thess. 3                                  Memorize: Col. 3:2-3

WEEK 38 (Sept. 16-22)             Read: 1 Thess. 4 – 2 Thess. 3                          Memorize: Colossians 3:1

WEEK 39 (Sept. 23-29)             Read: 1 Timothy 1-5                                         Memorize: 1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Timothy 2:15

WEEK 40 (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6)    Read: 1 Tim.6 – 2 Tim. 4                                  Memorize: 2 Tim. 3:16-17

WEEK 41 (Oct. 7-13)                 Read: Titus 1-3; Philemon; Hebrews 1          Memorize: Titus 3:4-8

WEEK 42 (Oct. 14-20)               Read: Hebrews 2-6                                          Memorize: Heb. 4:12-13

WEEK 43 (Oct. 21-27)               Read: Hebrews 7-11                                        Memorize: Hebrews 10:24-25; 11:6

WEEK 44 (Oct. 28 – Nov. 3)      Read: Heb. 12 – James 3                                 Memorize: James 2:17-18

WEEK 45 (Nov. 4-10)                Read: James 4 – 1 Peter 3                               Memorize: 1 Peter 3:18, 21

WEEK 46 (Nov. 11-17)              Read: 1 Peter 4 – 2 Peter 3                             Memorize: 2 Peter 2:20-22

WEEK 47 (Nov. 18-24)              Read: 1 John 1-5                                               Memorize: 1 John 1:7, 9; 5:14

WEEK 48 (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1)     Read: 2 John; 3 John; Jude; Revelation 1-2   Memorize: Eccl. 12:13-14

WEEK 49 (Dec. 2-8)                   Read: Revelation 3-7                                        Memorize: Phil. 4:4-5

WEEK 50 (Dec. 9-15)                 Read: Revelation 8-12                                     Memorize: Phil. 4:6-7

WEEK 51 (Dec. 16-22)               Read: Revelation 13-17                                   Memorize: Hebrews 6:4-5

WEEK 52 (Dec. 23-29)               Read: Revelation 18-22                                   Memorize: Hebrews 6:6-8

Scripture Memorization for 2018

WEEK 1 (Dec. 31 – Jan. 6)      Matthew 6:33; 7:1

WEEK 2 (Jan. 7-13)                Matthew 7:2-3

WEEK 3 (Jan. 14-20)              Matthew 7:4-5

WEEK 4 (Jan. 21-27)              Matthew 7:13-14

WEEK 5 (Jan. 28 – Feb. 3)     Matthew 22:36-37

WEEK 6 (Feb. 4-10)               Matthew 22:38-39

WEEK 7 (Feb. 11-17)             Matthew 28:18-20

WEEK 8 (Feb. 18-24)             Proverbs 3:5-6

WEEK 9 (Feb. 25 – Mar. 3)   Proverbs 6:16-17

WEEK 10 (Mar. 4-10)            Proverbs 6:18-19

 WEEK 11 (Mar. 11-17)         Luke 9:23

WEEK 12 (Mar. 18-24)          Isaiah 59:1-2

WEEK 13 (Mar. 25 -31)         2 Chronicles 7:14

WEEK 14 (Apr. 1-7)               John 3:3-5

WEEK 15 (Apr. 8-14)             John 4:23-24

WEEK 16 (Apr. 15-21)          John 18:36

WEEK 17 (Apr. 22-28)          John 14:13-14

WEEK 18 (Apr. 29 – May 5)  John 20:30-31

WEEK 19 (May 6–12)           Acts 2:38

 WEEK 20 (May 13-19)        1 Kings 22:5; 1 Chron. 28:9

WEEK 21 (May 20-26)         Jeremiah 29:11; Prov. 9:10

WEEK 22 (May 27 – June 2)  Acts 17:30; 20:7

WEEK 23 (June 3- 9)            Acts 22:16; Psalm 37:4

WEEK 24 (June 10-16)        Romans 6:3-4

WEEK 25 (June 17-23)        Romans 8:28

WEEK 26 (June 24-30)        Romans 10:9-10

WEEK 27 (July 1-7)              Romans 13:8; 16:16

WEEK 28 (July 8-14)           1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 WEEK 29 (July 15-21)        1 Corinthians 10:13

 WEEK 30 (July 22-28)        1 Corinthians 16:2

WEEK 31 (July 29 – Aug. 4)  2 Corinthians 5:21

WEEK 32 (Aug. 5-11)          James 1:14-15

WEEK 33 (Aug. 12-18)        Galatians 2:20

WEEK 34 (Aug. 19-25)        Galatians 5:13-14

WEEK 35 (Aug.26 – Sept. 1)  Ephesians 5:19

 WEEK 36 (Sept. 2-8)          Colossians 2:9-10

WEEK 37 (Sept. 9-15)         Colossians 3:2-3

WEEK 38 (Sept. 16-22)       Colossians 3:13

WEEK 39 (Sept. 23-29)       1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Tim. 2:15

WEEK 40 (Sept. 30 – Oct. 6)  2 Timothy 3:16-17

WEEK 41 (Oct. 7-13)           Titus 3:4-8

WEEK 42 (Oct. 14-20)         Hebrews 4:12-13

WEEK 43 (Oct. 21-27)         Hebrews 10:24-25; 11:6

WEEK 44 (Oct. 28 – Nov. 3)  James 2:17-18

WEEK 45 (Nov. 4-10)          1 Peter 3:18, 21

WEEK 46 (Nov. 11-17)        2 Peter 2:20-22

WEEK 47 (Nov. 18-24)        1 John 1:7, 9; 5:14

 WEEK 48 (Nov. 25 – Dec. 1)  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

WEEK 49 (Dec. 2-8)             Philippians 4:4-5

WEEK 50 (Dec. 9-15)           Philippians 4:6-7

WEEK 51 (Dec. 16-22)         Hebrews 6:4-5

WEEK 52 (Dec. 23-29)         Hebrews 6:6-8

THE NEW TESTAMENT IN A YEAR READING PLAN

WEEK 1

Matthew 1

Matthew 2

Matthew 3

Matthew 4

Matthew 5

WEEK 2

Matthew 6

Matthew 7

Matthew 8

Matthew 9

Matthew 10

WEEK 3

Matthew 11

Matthew 12

Matthew 13

Matthew 14

Matthew 15

WEEK 4

Matthew 16

Matthew 17

Matthew 18

Matthew 19

Matthew 20

WEEK 5

Matthew 21

Matthew 22

Matthew 23

Matthew 24

Matthew 25

WEEK 6

Matthew 26

Matthew 27

Matthew 28

Mark 1

Mark 2

WEEK 7

Mark 3

Mark 4

Mark 5

Mark 6

Mark 7

WEEK 8

Mark 8

Mark 9

Mark 10

Mark 11

Mark 12

WEEK 9

Mark 13

Mark 14

Mark 15

Mark 16

Luke 1

WEEK 10

Luke 2

Luke 3

Luke 4

Luke 5

Luke 6

WEEK 11

Luke 7

Luke 8

Luke 9

Luke 10

Luke 11

WEEK 12

Luke 12

Luke 13

Luke 14

Luke 15

Luke 16

WEEK 13

Luke 17

Luke 18

Luke 19

Luke 20

Luke 21

WEEK 14

Luke 22

Luke 23

Luke 24

John 1

John 2

WEEK 15

John 3

John 4

John 5

John 6

John 7

WEEK 16

John 8

John 9

John 10

John 11

John 12

WEEK 17

John 13

John 14

John 15

John 16

John 17

WEEK 18

John 18

John 19

John 20

John 21

Acts 1

WEEK 19

Acts 2

Acts 3

Acts 4

Acts 5

Acts 6

WEEK 20

Acts 7

Acts 8

Acts 9

Acts 10

Acts 11

WEEK 21

Acts 12

Acts 13

Acts 14

Acts 15

Acts 16

WEEK 22

Acts 17

Acts 18

Acts 19

Acts 20

Acts 21

WEEK 23

Acts 22

Acts 23

Acts 24

Acts 25

Acts 26

WEEK 24

Acts 27

Acts 28

Romans 1

Romans 2

Romans 3

WEEK 25

Romans 4

Romans 5

Romans 6

Romans 7

Romans 8

WEEK 26

Romans 9

Romans 10

Romans 11

Romans 12

Romans 13

WEEK 27

Romans 14

Romans 15

Romans 16

1 Corinthians 1

1 Corinthians 2

WEEK 28

1 Corinthians 3

1 Corinthians 4

1 Corinthians 5

1 Corinthians 6

1 Corinthians 7

WEEK 29

1 Corinthians 8

1 Corinthians 9

1 Corinthians 10

1 Corinthians 11

1 Corinthians 12

WEEK 30

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 15

1 Corinthians 16

2 Corinthians 1

WEEK 31

2 Corinthians 2

2 Corinthians 3

2 Corinthians 4

2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 6

WEEK 32

2 Corinthians 7

2 Corinthians 8

2 Corinthians 9

2 Corinthians 10

2 Corinthians 11

WEEK 33

2 Corinthians 12

2 Corinthians 13

Galatians 1

Galatians 2

Galatians 3

WEEK 34

Galatians 4

Galatians 5

Galatians 6

Ephesians 1

Ephesians 2

WEEK 35

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 5

Ephesians 6

Philippians 1

WEEK 36

Philippians 2

Philippians 3

Philippians 4

Colossians 1

Colossians 2

WEEK 37

Colossians 3

Colossians 4

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 2

1 Thessalonians 3

WEEK 38

1 Thessalonians 4

1 Thessalonians 5

2 Thessalonians 1

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 3

WEEK 39

1 Timothy 1

1 Timothy 2

1 Timothy 3

1 Timothy 4

1 Timothy 5

WEEK 40

1 Timothy 6

2 Timothy 1

2 Timothy 2

2 Timothy 3

2 Timothy 4

WEEK 41

Titus 1

Titus 2

Titus 3

Philemon

Hebrews 1

WEEK 42

Hebrews 2

Hebrews 3

Hebrews 4

Hebrews 5

Hebrews 6

WEEK 43

Hebrews 7

Hebrews 8

Hebrews 9

Hebrews 10

Hebrews 11

WEEK 44

Hebrews 12

Hebrews 13

James 1

James 2

James 3

WEEK 45

James 4

James 5

1 Peter 1

1 Peter 2

1 Peter 3

WEEK 46

1 Peter 4

1 Peter 5

2 Peter 1

2 Peter 2

2 Peter 3

WEEK 47

1 John 1

1 John 2

1 John 3

1 John 4

1 John 5

WEEK 48

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation 1

Revelation 2

WEEK 49

Revelation 3

Revelation 4

Revelation 5

Revelation 6

Revelation 7

WEEK 50

Revelation 8

Revelation 9

Revelation 10

Revelation 11

Revelation 12

WEEK 51

Revelation 13

Revelation 14

Revelation 15

Revelation 16

Revelation 17

WEEK 52

Revelation 18

Revelation 19

Revelation 20

Revelation 21

Revelation 22

FOCUSING ON THE SON

The month of December is one of the few times of the calendar year that more people think about Jesus. The other time is “Resurrection Day” (in other words “Easter”). Jesus being the son of God is also an important biblical theme as demonstrated in the following texts of Scripture:

Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

Matthew 24:44  For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

Luke 2:10-11 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

John 19:14 Now it was the day of preparation for the Passover; it was about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold, your King!”

Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God

1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin

Because of these things, I am going to do a short series which focuses on Jesus for the next few weeks. We normally include Jesus in all of our teaching, but these sermons will focus on Jesus being “son.”

12-17-17       Behold The Son: The Gospel Concerns The Son – Romans 1:1-7

12-24-17       Behold The Son: Little Known Descriptions Of The Son – Luke 1 & 2

12-31-17       Behold The Son: Hear The Son – Jn. 5:19-30

01-07-18       Behold The Son: The Blood Of The Son – Rom. 5:6-11

01-14-18       Behold The Son: Here Comes The Son – 1 Thess. 1:9-10

 

Mark Johnson