Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator

This week we continued “Thy Kingdom Come” with Israel’s anticipation of the Messiah after their return from exile around 538 BC.

From about the time of Malachi (the last book of the Old Testament) onward, Israel experiences a period of silence where God doesn’t speak to the people through prophets. Even still, the people are eagerly awaiting the coming of the Messiah, and this is apparent because of the people who came before Jesus and either claimed to be the Messiah or were thought of as a messiah; Judas Maccabeus, Simon of Peraea, Athronges. But all of them met a violent death or were never heard from again. Interestingly, some even thought John the Baptist was the Messiah (Luke 3:15), which John quickly denied in Luke 3:16.

But when Jesus came, claiming to be the Messiah, a lot of people missed it – even his own disciples. Jesus didn’t overthrow the Romans, he wasn’t a political leader, and he wasn’t what most people were expecting from a Messiah, especially when He willingly died on a cross. But at the same time, Jesus’ Kingdom is “not of this world.” He IS the King, He ushered in the Kingdom when He came to earth, He taught extensively about it, and if you follow Jesus, He is your King as well!

Next week we will be talking about what the Kingdom is like. Don’t miss it!

Verses and quotes from the message:

Genesis 12:2-3; 2 Samuel 7:12-13 & 16; Acts 13:16-23; Acts 13:32-33; Luke 3:15-16; Luke 1:30-33, 46-55, 67-74; Galatians 4:4-5; Matthew 4:17; Luke 17:21; Luke 22:29; John 6:14-15; Luke 19:38; John 18:33-37; Acts 1:3-4, 6; John 20:30-31; Acts 2:36; Ephesians 3:8b-12

“The whole of what we call the Second Temple period, roughly 538 BC onward, is characterized by this sense of divine absence; God is gone, and he hasn’t come back. That is the problem faced by the prophet Malachi; the priests are bored and slack in their liturgical duties because, though they’ve rebuilt the Temple, there’s no sense of YHWH having returned, as Ezekiel had said he would.”  N. T. Wright

“But far more important than flashbacks, than the picking up of detached themes and hints from long ago, is the towering sense of a single story now at last reaching its conclusion.”  Wright, N. T.

“God chose one person, Abraham, and then through him one people, Israel, and then later the Church, to be God’s priests and rulers in this world on God’s behalf.”  Scot McKnight

Big Idea:  Vision is the ability to see what is obvious to God.

2013setlist
All Campuses

This is Amazing Grace – Bethel Music
Glory – Phil Wickham
Revelation Song – Jennie Lee Riddle
Our Father – Marcus Meier

Mesa

This is Amazing Grace – Bethel Music
Cornerstone – Hillsong Music
Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) – Bethel Music
O For Grace – Brady Toops

The Kingdom Arrives

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- I am the programming coordinator at Central Christian Church AZ. I also moderate the Central Teaching Blog. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!