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

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:

KING OF KINGS

AND LORD OF LORDS.

> 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!

The Promised Kingdom #1 – Prophet

Messiah – a person who is expected to rescue people from a very bad situation

How did God’s people need to be rescued?

1) Physically

2) Spiritually

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

> The Prophet was the mouthpiece of God to His people.

1) Indict the people for their sin

Isaiah 1:4
4 Oh sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity, brood of evildoers, depraved children! They have abandoned the Lord; they have despised the Holy One of Israel; they have turned their backs on Him.

2) Call the people to repentance

Jeremiah 35:12-15
12 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 13 “This is what the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Go, say to the men of Judah and the residents of Jerusalem… 15Time and time again I have sent you all My servants the prophets, proclaiming: Turn, each one from his evil way of life, and correct your actions. Stop following other gods to serve them. Live in the land that I gave you and your ancestors.”

3) Pronounce the forgiveness and pardon of God

Isaiah 40:1-2
1 “Comfort, comfort My people,” says your God. 2“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her time of forced labor is over, her iniquity has been pardoned, and she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”

> Jesus not only sp­oke the word of God, he IS the Word of God!

John 1:1-2
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

> Compare Jesus to the OT prophets:

1) Jesus came to the world because of people’s sin

Matthew 1:21
21 “[Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

>> Jesus means “The Lord saves.”

2) Jesus preached repentance

Mark 1:14-15
14Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of God: 15“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe in the good news!”

>> Jesus’ main message – “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”

3) Jesus proclaimed our forgiveness and pardon through his death and resurrection

Colossians 1:13-14
13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

The Kingdom Upside-Down #5 – Matthew 20:17-28

Matthew 20:17-22
17 While going up to Jerusalem, Jesus took the twelve disciples aside privately and said to them on the way, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death. 19 They will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked, flogged, and crucified, and on the third day he will be raised.”

 “The Son of Man will be…

Handed over, to the Jewish leaders,

Condemned, to death

Handed over, to the Gentile leaders,

Mocked,

Flogged,

Crucified.

But. Be raised on the third day!

> Jesus’ sacrifice was God’s plan from the beginning.  It didn’t take Jesus by surprise.

20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons approached him with her sons. She knelt down to ask him for something. 21 “What do you want?” he asked her. “Promise,” she said to him, “that these two sons of mine may sit, one on your right and the other on your left, in your kingdom.” 22 Jesus answered, “You don’t know what you’re asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”

Poterion – cup

Psalm 16:5
Lord, you are my portion and my cup of blessing; you hold my future.

Jeremiah 25:15-16
15 This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, said to me: “Take this cup of the wine of wrath from my hand and make all the nations to whom I am sending you drink from it. 16 They will drink, stagger, and go out of their minds because of the sword I am sending among them.”

Matthew 26:36-39
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 He said to them, “I am deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with me.” 39 Going a little farther, he fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?”

Matt 20:22-23

22 “We are able,” they said to him. 23 He told them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right and left is not mine to give; instead, it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

Matthew 26:26-28
26 As they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take and eat it; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

> Drinking from the cup of Jesus brings new life,

But for new life to come, death to ourselves must take place first!

> We must daily, hourly, even minute-by-minute, put the old life to death.

Matthew 20:24-28
 24 When the ten disciples heard this, they became indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them over and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them. 26 It must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

> The greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven are the greatest servants.

Psalm 23:5-6
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord as long as I live.

The Kingdom Upside-Down #4 – Matthew 20:1-16 “The last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Matthew 20:1-16 (The Passion Translation)
1 {Jesus said,] “This will help you understand the way heaven’s kingdom operates: “There once was a wealthy landowner who went out at daybreak to hire all the laborers he could find to work in his vineyard. After agreeing to pay them the standard day’s wage, he put them to work.Then at nine o’clock, as he was passing through the town square, he found others standing around without work. He told them, ‘Come and work for me in my vineyard and I’ll pay you a fair wage.’ So off they went to join the others. He did the same thing at noon and again at three o’clock, making the same arrangement as he did with the others. “Hoping to finish his harvest that day, he went to the town square again at five o’clock and found more who were idle. So he said to them, ‘Why have you been here all day without work?’ “‘Because no one hired us,’ they answered. “So he said to them, ‘Then go and join my crew and work in my vineyard.’ “When evening came, the owner of the vineyard went to his foreman and said, ‘Call in all the laborers, line them up, and pay them the same wages, starting with the most recent ones I hired and finishing with the ones who worked all day.’ “When those hired late in the day came to be paid, they were given a full day’s wage. 10 And when those who had been hired first came to be paid, they were convinced that they would receive more. But everyone was paid the standard wage. 11 When they realized what had happened, they were offended and complained to the landowner, saying, 12 ‘You’re treating us unfairly! They’ve only worked for one hour while we’ve slaved and sweated all day under the scorching sun. You’ve made them equal to us!’ 13 “The landowner replied, ‘Friends, I’m not being unfair—I’m doing exactly what I said. Didn’t you agree to work for the standard wage? 14 If I want to give those who only worked for an hour equal pay, what does that matter to you? 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what is mine? Why should my generosity make you jealous of them?’ 16 “Now you can understand what I meant when I said that the first will end up last and the last will end up being first. Everyone is invited, but few are the chosen.”

Everyone is invited, few are the chosen.

> The Master is always looking for people to join Him.

> You prove that you are “chosen” by God when you choose Jesus.

> The Master pays the same salary, no matter when you start working.

> The Master isn’t obligated to be fair.

> The Master is never less than fair.  He is always more than fair.

Ephesians 2:1-9 (TPT)
1 [Jesus’] fullness fills you, even though you were once like corpses, dead in your sins and offenses. It wasn’t that long ago that you lived in the religion, customs, and values of this world, obeying the dark ruler of the earthly realm who fills the atmosphere with his authority, and works diligently in the hearts of those who are disobedient to the truth of God. The corruption that was in us from birth was expressed through the deeds and desires of our self – life. We lived by whatever natural cravings and thoughts our minds dictated, living as rebellious children subject to God’s wrath like everyone else. But God still loved us with such great love. He is so rich in compassion and mercy. Even when we were dead and doomed in our many sins, he united us into the very life of Christ and saved us by his wonderful grace! He raised us up with Christ the exalted One, and we ascended with him into the glorious perfection and authority of the heavenly realm, for we are now co-seated as one with Christ! Throughout the coming ages we will be the visible display of the infinite, limitless riches of his grace and kindness, which was showered upon us in Jesus Christ. For it was only through this wonderful grace that we believed in him. Nothing we did could ever earn this salvation, for it was the gracious gift from God that brought us to Christ! So no one will ever be able to boast, for salvation is never a reward for good works or human striving.

> God deals with us according to who He is, not according to who we are.

The Kingdom Upside-down #3 – Matthew 19:16-26

Matthew 19:16-20
16 Just then someone came up and asked him, “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?” 17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus said to him. 

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus said to him. “There is only one who is good…” 

17“…If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 “Which ones?” he asked him. Jesus answered, “Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; 19 honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 “I have kept all these,” the young man told him. “What do I still lack?”

> He’s looking at the Kingdom of Heaven in a transactional way, not a relational way.

Mark 10:21
21 Looking at him, Jesus loved him and said to him… 

Matthew 19:21
21 “If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

> Jesus knows that WHAT HE HAS is more important to this man than WHO HE IS.

Matthew 19:22-26
22 When the young man heard that, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

> We must hold on to our possessions loosely, so that we can hold on to Jesus tightly.

23 Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

> “Riches” can make us satisfied with this life, instead of making us yearn for the next.

> What we have often gets in the way of what we need.

> Everything we have is a tool that God has loaned us to build the Kingdom.

 “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

The Kingdom Upside-down #2 – Matthew 18:21-35

Matthew 18:21-35
21 Then Peter approached him and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? As many as seven times?” 22 “I tell you, not as many as seven,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven.” 23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle accounts, one who owed ten thousand talents was brought before him. 25 Since he did not have the money to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt. 26 “At this, the servant fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything’ 27 Then the master of that servant had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. 28 “That servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe!’” 29 “At this, his fellow servant fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ 30 But he wasn’t willing. Instead, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.” 31 “When the other servants saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. 32 Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’” 

> If you have received a great amount of mercy, you should pass on that mercy to others.

34 And because he was angry, his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured until he could pay everything that was owed. 35 “So also my heavenly Father will do to you unless every one of you forgives his brother or sister from your heart.”

> Forgiveness is a big deal in the Kingdom of God.

Your unforgiveness does not keep you from heaven.

Your unforgiveness shows that you have not been forgiven by God.

And that is what keeps you from heaven.

> A truly forgiven person will forgive others as well.

> What forgiveness is NOT:

1) Pretending like it didn’t happen.

2) Not being angry at what happened.

3) Not allowing consequences to take place.

Forgiveness doesn’t necessarily equal reconciliation.

> What forgiveness is:

1) Freedom for you.

 “Forgiveness changes your relationship with the past so you can begin to move past it.”

2) Releasing them from what they did to you.

3) Releasing them from all expectations.

4) Wanting the best for them.

5) Setting them free, whether they ask for forgiveness or not.

 “I release (person) to walk in the freedom of my forgiveness.  I cancel any debts that I have felt they owe me and I ask God to do the same.”

> Why should you forgive?

1) God has forgiven you BIG.

2) Scripture tells you to forgive.

Ephesians 4:32
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.

3) True forgiveness will set you free.

Galatians 5:1
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

> How do you forgive?

1) Ask God to help you.

2) Decide to forgive.

3) Write it down

4) Pray for them.

5) Walk in freedom!

The Kingdom Upside-down #1 – Matthew 18:1-5

Matthew 18:1
1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “So who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 

Matthew 18:2-3
He called a child and had him stand among them. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

> Learn to approach the Kingdom of God like a kid would.

Matthew 18:3 (TPT)
[Jesus said,] “Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in.”

Job 11:7-9
“Can you solve the mysteries of God? Can you discover everything about the Almighty? Such knowledge is higher than the heavens— and who are you? It is deeper than the underworld — what do you know?  It is broader than the earth and wider than the sea.”

Matthew 13:44
44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.

Proverbs 3:13-15 (TPT)
13 Those who find true wisdom obtain the tools for understanding, the proper way to live, for they will have a fountain of blessing pouring into their lives. To gain the riches of wisdom is far greater than gaining the wealth of the world. 14 As wisdom increases, a great treasure is imparted, greater than many bars of refined gold. 15 It is a more valuable commodity than gold and gemstones, for there is nothing you desire that could compare to her.

> Am I approaching God and His Word like an over-eager child?

Matthew 18:3-5
“Unless you become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” 4 “Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Revelation 4:9-11
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one seated on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever,10 the twenty-four elders fall down before the one seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne and say, 11 “Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because you have created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.”

> The presence of God is the greatest reward anyone can receive.

John 14:15-17 (NCV)
15 “If you love me, you will obey my commands. 16 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he lives with you and he will be in you.