God’s covenant with King David initiated a long period of anticipation. A time when Israel longed for its fulfillment in a King who would sit on David’s throne and return Israel to its former glory. When Christ came as the fulfillment, there was great consternation concerning the actual role of the Messiah.
We conclude our study of Acts with Paul, under house arrest, still trying to help his people, devout Jews, recognize that Jesus Christ is their long anticipated Messiah. He tells them that the reason he is in chains is because of “the hope of Israel”. Israel’s only hope is our only hope…the redeeming work of […]
The last prophet of the Old Testament declared that the coming of the Messiah would be preceded by the return of Elijah. Jesus was unequivocal in identifying John the Baptist as an Elijah figure. Both “Elijah’s” had a very clear message for their lost generation…REPENT AND BE SAVED! How do we perpetuate this message to our lost generation?
Paul delivers a persuasive speech in a synagogue in Pisidian Antioch that beautifully presents Jesus Christ as the long-awaited Messiah. He does this by referencing Hebrew scriptures and reshaping many of his recipients’ understanding of who the Messiah was always intended to be.