Signs of the Kingdom – Matthew 9

When Jesus was asked if He was the Messiah, King of the eternal kingdom of God, He responded by referencing the prophet Isaiah’s signs of the coming kingdom. 4 Jesus replied to them, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the blind see, the lame walk, those with skin diseases are healed, the deaf hear, theContinue reading “Signs of the Kingdom – Matthew 9”

A Kingdom at Hand – Matthew 4

Having prepared a people for the arrival of their Messiah and King, Jesus Christ, John the Baptist would now retreat into the background.  He had known all along that this would happen, and had warned his followers about it, but he did not foresee that the cross he would bear would lead to him beingContinue reading “A Kingdom at Hand – Matthew 4”

A Blossom in the Desert – Matthew 11

Though carrying out God’s most important work, many of the Lord’s servants do suffer for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. John the Baptist’s ministry of preparation for the appearance of Jesus was foretold hundreds of years in advance by God’s prophets.  He had a powerful and effective ministry that drew large crowds toContinue reading “A Blossom in the Desert – Matthew 11”

A Voice in the Wilderness – Matthew 3

John the Baptist was miraculously born to faithful priest Zacharias and wife Elizabeth well after the passing of her child-bearing years, as was announced to happen during a visit by the angel Gabriel.  The fact that Gabriel had visited the prophet Daniel five centuries earlier suggested that John would not be just your average prophet. Continue reading “A Voice in the Wilderness – Matthew 3”

In the Fullness of Time – Luke 1

As foretold by the seventy-weeks prophesy delivered to the prophet Daniel by the angel Gabriel, God had a plan and a timetable for His Son, Messiah Jesus Christ, to be born and live among His people as a human being.  Gabriel would return five centuries later to announce the unfolding of the Father’s plan, beginningContinue reading “In the Fullness of Time – Luke 1”

Lifting the Curse – Malachi 4

The prophet Malachi closed out the Old Testament with both a promise and a warning from God.  Afterwards, there would be no further scriptural word from heaven until the coming of Christ four centuries later. Malachi concluded his prophecy from God: 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophetBefore the coming of the great and dreadfulContinue reading “Lifting the Curse – Malachi 4”

The Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4

One of my favorite times of day is the thirty minutes or so leading up to sunrise.  The lightening sky manifests itself in any number of ways, sometimes with an artist’s palette of soft pinks and oranges spread upon the clouds, other times with a single, brilliant vertical pillar of light.  Couple these visual masterpiecesContinue reading “The Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4”