The Kingdoms Clash #6 – Matthew 24:1-50

Matthew 24:1-50
Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “Truly I tell you, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.”As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. 15 “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand— 16 then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house. 18 Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak. 19 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! 20 Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. 21 For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. 22 “If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. 23 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. 24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. 25 See, I have told you ahead of time. 26 “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather. 29 “Immediately after the distress of those days “‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ 30 “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. 31 And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. 32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 45 “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48 But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ 49 and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. 50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of.

The Kingdoms Clash #7 – Matthew 25:14-30

Matthew 25:13
13 “Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

Matthew 25:14-30

14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability.” “Then he went on a journey. Immediately 16 the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. 17 In the same way the man with two earned two more.” 18 “But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.” 19 “After a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.” 20 “The man who had received five talents approached, presented five more talents, and said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I’ve earned five more talents.’ 21 “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Share your master’s joy.’”

> The servants are called good and faithful.

Agathos – good, fertile
faithful, trustworthy, can be relied upon

24 “The man who had received one talent also approached and said, ‘Master, I know you. You’re a harsh man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’” 26 “His master replied to him, ‘You evil, lazy servant! If you knew that I reap where I haven’t sown and gather where I haven’t scattered, 27 then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have received my money back with interest when I returned.”

Oknēros – lazy, sluggish, slothful

Ponēros – evil, wicked, malicious

28 “‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have more than enough. But from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him 30 And throw this good-for-nothing servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

> What is the point of this story?

1) Jesus is the master, we are the servants

2) Jesus has given us “talents” to build His Kingdom

3) We must be hard at work with what we’ve been entrusted

4) The Master will return
John 14:1-3 (TPT)
1 [Jesus said,] “Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in me also. My Father’s house has many dwelling places.  If it were otherwise, I would tell you plainly, because I go to prepare a place for you to rest. And when everything is ready, I will come back and take you to myself so that you will be where I am.”

2 Peter 3:3-4, 8-9
Above all, be aware of this: Scoffers will come in the last days scoffing and following their own evil desires, saying, “Where is his ‘coming’ that he promised? Ever since our ancestors fell asleep, all things continue as they have been since the beginning of creation.” 

Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

5) We will all be held accountable for how we’ve used our “talents”

2 Corinthians 5:10
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

Romans 14:10-12
10 We will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God.”  12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

>> God won’t ask you what your church did for the Kingdom. He’ll ask what YOU did.

The Kingdoms Clash #5 – Matthew 23:1-39

Matthew 23:1-7
1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples: “The scribes and the Pharisees are seated in the chair of Moses. Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger to move them. They do everything to be seen by others: They enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love the place of honor at banquets, the front seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people.”

> In this world, what you look like matters more than what you do.

1 Corinthians 11:1
1 “Follow me.”

1 Corinthians 11:1
1 “Follow me as I follow Christ.”

> Don’t just look like a Christian, BE one!

Matthew 23:11-12
11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

> The Seven “Woes”

Isaiah 5
Woe to those who add house to house, and join field to field until there is no more room, and you alone are left in the land.

11 Woe to those who rise early in the morning in pursuit of beer, who linger into the evening, inflamed by wine.

18 Woe to those who drag iniquity with cords of deceit and pull sin along with cart ropes, 20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who substitute darkness for light, and light for darkness, 21 Woe to those who consider themselves wise and judge themselves clever.  22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, who are champions at pouring beer, 23 who acquit the guilty for a bribe and deprive the innocent of justice. 24 Therefore, as a tongue of fire consumes straw and as dry grass shrivels in the flame, so their roots will become like something rotten and their blossoms will blow away like dust, for they have rejected the instruction of the Lord of Armies, and they have despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.

#1 – For making salvation too difficult

Matthew 23:13
 13 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you don’t go in, and you don’t allow those entering to go in.”

> Be a door holder for the Kingdom.

#2 – For corrupting converts

Matthew 23:15
 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!”

> Hold the right door.

#3 – For their lack of integrity

Matthew 23:16-22
16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the temple, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gold of the temple is bound by his oath.’ 17 Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold? 18 Also, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing; but whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’ 19 Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore, the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it. 21 The one who takes an oath by the temple takes an oath by it and by him who dwells in it. 22 And the one who takes an oath by heaven takes an oath by God’s throne and by him who sits on it.”

> Do what you say you’re going to do.

#4 – For emphasizing the wrong things

Matthew 23:23-24
 23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You pay a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, and yet you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These things should have been done without neglecting the others. 24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat, but gulp down a camel!”

> Pay the most attention to what’s the most important.

Micah 6:8
8 “To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

#5 – For being dirty on the inside

Matthew 23:25-26
 25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside of it may also become clean.”

> Keep the inside of the cup clean.

#6 – For being dead on the inside

Matthew 23:27-28
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and every kind of impurity. 28 In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

> Only Christ can bring you from death to life.

#7 – For killing God’s prophets

Matthew 23:29-36
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous, 30 and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we wouldn’t have taken part with them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your ancestors’ sins! 33 “Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell? 34 This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly I tell you, all these things will come on this generation.”

Matthew 23:37-39
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See, your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say,’ Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’!”

> Come when Jesus calls.

The Kingdoms Clash #4 – Matthew 22:34-40

Vertical Life Church exists for the glory of God. Our purpose is to move people to a deeper “vertical life” by loving as Christ loved us, growing in grace and knowledge, and going to make disciples.  We believe that everyone is built to Love, Grow, and Go.

Psalm 2:1-2
Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and his Anointed One:

Matthew 22:34-40
34 When the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. 35 And one of them, an expert in the law, asked a question to test him: 36 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” 37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

> 2 Commands to Love

1. Love God

Deuteronomy 6:4-5
“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength…” 

>> We must love God with all of our:

a) Heart

Hebrew – Lev = heart

b) Soul

Hebrew – Nephesh = a living, breathing, physical being.

c) Strength

Hebrew – Me’od =  very or much

d) Mind          

Deuteronomy 6:6-9
These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.

Phylactery – a small leather box that holds Hebrew texts on parchment

2) Love People

Leviticus 19:17-18
17 “Do not harbor hatred against your brother. Rebuke your neighbor directly, and you will not incur guilt because of him. 18 Do not take revenge or bear a grudge against members of your community, but love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.”

>> 2 areas we should be “loving our neighbors”

a) Within the church

Ephesians 4:1-3
1 Therefore I, the prisoner in the Lord, urge you to live worthy of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 

Galatians 6:2
Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

b) Outside our walls

1) Pray

2) Share the Gospel

3) Invite

4) Get on Mission

>> If we’re not loving God and others, we’re sinning.

James 4:17
17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good people do nothing.” -Edmund Burke

The Kingdoms Clash #3 – Matthew 21:28-46

> 2 Parables…

1) The Two Sons

Matthew 21:28-32
28 [Jesus said,]“What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘My son, go work in the vineyard today.’ 29 “He answered, ‘I don’t want to…’ 29 “He answered, ‘I don’t want to’ but later he changed his mind and went. 30 Then the man went to the other and said the same thing. ‘I will, sir,’ he answered, but he didn’t go. 

31 Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you didn’t believe him. Tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; but you, when you saw it, didn’t even change your minds then and believe him.

“You say the right things, but you don’t do the right things.”

> We must never value talk over action.

> Our actions are the true expression of our hearts.

Isaiah 29:13
This is what the Lord says about these people: “They come near to me with hollow words and honor me superficially with their lips; all the while their hearts run far away from me! Their worship is nothing more than man-made rules.”

>> Get to the core of the problem,

Don’t just fix the symptoms.

> The Tenants:

Matthew 21:33-42
33 “Listen to another parable: There was a landowner, who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a winepress in it, and built a watchtower. He leased it to tenant farmers and went away. 34 When the time came to harvest fruit, he sent his servants to the farmers to collect his fruit. 35 The farmers took his servants, beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. 36 Again, he sent other servants, more than the first group, and they did the same to them. 37 Finally, he sent his son to them. ‘They will respect my son,’ he said. 38 “But when the tenant farmers saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ 39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.” 40 “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those farmers?” 41 “He will completely destroy those terrible men,” they told him, “and lease his vineyard to other farmers who will give him his fruit at the harvest.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.  This is what the Lord has done and it is wonderful in our eyes”?

(*Pics – Corner 1/2/3 – same slide appearing separately)

>> Jesus is calling himself the chief cornerstone.

Matthew 21:43-46
43 “Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruit.”

>> Jesus is opening the door to the Father, to the world.

44 “Whoever falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will shatter him.”  45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they knew he was speaking about them. 46 Although they were looking for a way to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because the people regarded him as a prophet.

>> Am I a “faithful farmer”?  Working in His vineyard? Or am I continually ignoring His Word, and doing my own thing?

__________ (2-3 lines to jot thoughts)

>> Which son am I?  All talk and no action, or action that comes from my heart?

__________ (2-3 lines to jot thoughts)

The Kingdoms Clash #2 – Matthew 21:12-27

1) Jesus cleansing the temple

Matthew 21:12-13
12 Jesus went into the temple and threw out all those buying and selling. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13 He said to them, “It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves!”

“It is written, my house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves!”

Jeremiah 7:1-11
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord and there call out this word: ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who enter through these gates to worship the Lord. “‘This is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Correct your ways and your actions, and I will allow you to live in this place. Do not trust deceitful words, chanting, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.” Instead, if you really correct your ways and your actions, if you act justly toward one another, if you no longer oppress the resident alien, the fatherless, and the widow and no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow other gods, bringing harm on yourselves, I will allow you to live in this place, the land I gave to your ancestors long ago and forever. But look, you keep trusting in deceitful words that cannot help. “‘Do you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known? 10 Then do you come and stand before me in this house that bears my name and say, “We are rescued, so we can continue doing all these detestable acts”? 11 Has this house, which bears my name, become a den of robbers in your view? Yes, I too have seen it.’ This is the Lord’s declaration.”

> Why was Jesus so angry?

>> They were missing the purpose of the temple.

> Jesus said his house should be a house of prayer.         

2) Cursing the fig tree

Matthew 21:18-19
18 Early in the morning, as [Jesus] was returning to the city, he was hungry. 19 Seeing a lone fig tree by the road, he went up to it and found nothing on it except leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” At once the fig tree withered.

> Jesus is announcing judgment on Israel, for being all show with no substance.

> It’s what you do with what you’re given that matters.

John 6:63
63 [Jesus said,] “The Holy Spirit is the one who gives life, that which is of the natural realm is of no help.”

Matthew 21:20-22
20 When the disciples saw it, they were amazed and said, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?” 21 Jesus answered them, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you tell this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 And if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

>How do we pray a kingdom-centered prayer?

1)  Focus on God’s presence and kingdom.

>> Kingdom-centered prayer involves three things:

a) A request for grace to confess sins and humble ourselves.

b) A compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church and reaching of the lost. 

c) A passion to know God, see His face, and His glory. 

2) Be bold and specific.

The Kingdoms Clash #1 – Matthew 21:1-11

Matthew 21:1-5
1 When they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage at the Mount of Olives… 

1 …Jesus then sent two disciples, telling them, “Go into the village ahead of you. At once you will find a donkey tied there with her colt. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them at once.” This took place so that what was spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: 5 Tell Daughter Zion, “See, your King is coming to you, gentle, and mounted on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” 

Isaiah 62:11
11 Look, the Lord has proclaimed to the ends of the earth, “Say to Daughter Zion: Look, your salvation is coming, his wages are with him, and his reward accompanies him.”

Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout in triumph, Daughter Jerusalem! Look, your King is coming to you; he is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

Luke 19:41-44 (TPT)
41 When Jesus caught sight of the city, he burst into tears with uncontrollable weeping over Jerusalem, 42 saying, “If only you could recognize that this day peace is within your reach! But you cannot see it.43 For the day is soon coming when your enemies will surround you, pressing you in on every side, and laying siege to you. 44 They will crush you to pieces, and your children too! And when they leave, your city will be totally destroyed. Since you would not recognize God’s day of visitation, your day of devastation is coming!”

44 Since you would not recognize God’s day of visitation, your day of devastation is coming!”

42 “If only you could recognize that this day peace is within your reach!”

Matt:6-9 21
The disciples went and did just as Jesus directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt; then they laid their clothes on them, and he sat on them. A very large crowd spread their clothes on the road; others were cutting branches from the trees and spreading them on the road. Then the crowds who went ahead of him and those who followed shouted: Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest heaven!

Psalm 118:15-26
15 There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the righteous: “The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly! 19 Open the gates of righteousness for me; I will enter through them and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the Lord’s gate; the righteous will enter through it. 21 I will give thanks to you because you have answered me and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. 23 This came from the Lord; it is wondrous in our sight. 24 This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.  25 Lord, save us! Lord, please grant us success! 26 He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed.

Exodus 12:1-6
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: “This month is to be the beginning of months for you; it is the first month of your year.Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they must each select an animal of the flock according to their fathers’ families, one animal per family… You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats. You are to keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembly of the community of Israel will slaughter the animals at twilight.” 

The Promised Kingdom #4 – Incarnation


John 1:14
14 The Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us.

> Son of Man

Daniel 7:13-14 (NIrV)
13 “In my vision I saw one who looked like a son of man. He was coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Eternal God. He was led right up to him. 14 And he was given authority, glory and a kingdom. People of all nations, no matter what language they spoke, worshiped him.”

> Son of God

Hypostatic Union

John 10:30-38 (TPT)
30 [Jesus said,] “The Father and I are one.” 31 When they heard this, the Jewish leaders were so enraged that they picked up rocks to stone him to death. 32 But Jesus said, “My Father has empowered me to work many miracles and acts of mercy among you. So which one of them do you want to stone me for?” 33 The Jewish leaders responded, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did—it’s because of your blasphemy! You’re just a son of Adam, but you’ve claimed to be God!” 34 Jesus answered… 36 “I have been uniquely chosen by God and he is the one who sent me to you. How then could it be blasphemy for me to say, ‘I am the Son of God!’ 37 If I’m not doing the beautiful works that my Father sent me to do, then don’t believe me. 38 But if you see me doing the beautiful works of God upon the earth, then you should at least believe the evidence of the miracles, even if you don’t believe my words! Then you would come to experience me and be convinced that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

Jesus was the man who was God, and the God who was man!

The Promised Kingdom #3 – King

Jesus, the Messiah, became the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King

> Jesus is our marvelous, all-powerful King.

1 Samuel 8:7-9
But the Lord told [Samuel], “Listen to the people and everything they say to you. They have not rejected you; they have rejected me as their king. They are doing the same thing to you that they have done to me, since the day I brought them out of Egypt until this day, abandoning me and worshiping other gods. Listen to them, but solemnly warn them and tell them about the customary rights of the king who will reign over them.”

1 Samuel 8:19-20
19 The people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We must have a king over us. 20 Then we’ll be like all the other nations: our king will judge us, go out before us, and fight our battles.”

2 Samuel 8:15
15 David reigned over all Israel, administering justice and righteousness for all his people.

Luke 1:30-33
30 Then the angel told her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will have no end.” 

> This baby, Jesus, will be a King!

Matthew 2:9-11
9 …And there it was—the star they had seen in the east! It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed beyond measure. 11 Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

> This King will come again one day to rule the earth

Revelation 19:11-13, 16
11 Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and He judges and makes war in righteousness. 12 His eyes were like a fiery flame, and many crowns were on His head. He had a name written that no one knows except Himself. 13 He wore a robe stained with blood, and His name is the Word of God… 16 And He has a name written on His robe and on His thigh:



> Jesus is our Eternal King!

The Promised Kingdom #2 – Priest

Jesus, the Messiah, became the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King

> Jesus is the perfect High Priest

Exodus 40:12-15
12 “Then bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the tent of meeting and wash them with water. 13 Clothe Aaron with the holy garments, anoint him, and consecrate him, so that he can serve me as a priest. 14 Have his sons come forward and clothe them in tunics. 15 Anoint them just as you anointed their father, so that they may also serve me as priests. Their anointing will serve to inaugurate a permanent priesthood for them throughout their generations.”

> 2 major days for the High Priests:

1) The Passover

Leviticus 17:11 (NCV)
11 “The life of the body is in the blood, and I have given you rules for pouring that blood on the altar to remove your sins so you will belong to the Lord. It is the blood that removes the sins, because it is life.”

2) The Day of Atonement

Leviticus 23:26-28
26The Lord again spoke to Moses: 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement… 28On this particular day you are not to do any work, for it is a Day of Atonement to make atonement for yourselves before the Lord your God.”

Atonement – reconciliation, repairing of the relationship between God and man

The Mercy Seat

The relationship that God was offering with His people was a vital part of who they were supposed to be.

> How did Jesus become the GREATEST High Priest?

1) His blood is special

The genetic code of his blood was different from anyone who has ever lived.

2) He shed his blood for our forgiveness

Hebrews 9:22
22 …without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

3) He became the Passover lamb

4) He became the Mercy Seat

Hebrew – kapporeth – Mercy Seat, or Place of Atonement

Septuagint- hilasterion – place of atonement, mercy seat

Romans 3:25
25 God presented [Jesus] as a propitiation through faith in his blood, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his restraint God passed over the sins previously committed.

5) He not only offered the sacrifice (once and for all), but He became the sacrifice.

Hebrews 9:11-12
11 But Christ has appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation), 12 he entered the most holy place once for all time, not by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.

Hebrews 10:12-14 (TPT)
12 When this Priest (Jesus) had offered the one supreme sacrifice for sin for all time he sat down on a throne at the right hand of God, 13 waiting until all his whispering enemies are subdued and turn into his footstool. 14 And by his one perfect sacrifice he made us perfectly holy and complete for all time!