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Jesus Reinforces the Purpose of the Temple (Luke 19:45-48)

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Jesus Reinforces the Purpose of the Temple (Luke 19:45-48)

As Jesus approaches His time of betrayal and crucifixion in Jerusalem, He does not sit idly by or hide in the shadows. Jesus continues on His mission to relay the truth of God as the Son of God. For a second time, Jesus purges the temple of those playing the game of religion. Why? First, by selling in the temple area, these sellers and buyers are violating the purpose of the temple – to be a house of prayer to all nations. The temple was intended by God as a place where people from any background could come and meet with the true God. Instead, those that should be encouraging the evangelism of the nations had actually displaced that purpose altogether. Second, these sellers and buyers had made it a “den of thieves.” Now no doubt the trading of money and sacrificial items was a means to cheat those arriving. But the quote from the Old Testament indicates more. The buyers and sellers were going through the motions of religion while rejecting the purpose of it. They were indeed fakers all. Jesus clearly tells them that their fake religion is not at all what God demands. What of your life? Are you, as a believer, using God’s temple (your body – 1 Cor 6:19-20) to reach out to unbelievers? Further, are you truly worshiping God and allowing Him to make you holy, or are you just going through the motions?

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Jesus Reviews the Primary Purpose of His Coming (Luke 18:31-34)

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Jesus Reviews the Primary Purpose of His Coming (Luke 18:31-34)

What appears to be a more matter-of-fact statement by Jesus is actually profound in several ways. We first briefly identify the elements of this passage. We then look at four key lessons that we can take away from Jesus’ prediction of His death and resurrection, and the apostles’ inability to comprehend it.

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The Victory of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:12)

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Jesus rises again. He wins. And He will return to reward those who have trusted Him, and judge those who have not.

The Resurrection of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:10b-11)

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

Cut off, and now alive! God saw, and was satisfied!

The Death of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:7-10a)

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

700 years before Jesus took on flesh as a human, Isaiah foretold how the Messiah would die. He was sent on a mission to die for us!

The Payment of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:4-6)

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Continuing on in our study of a “different kind of Christmas,” we see what the Messiah accomplished. We saw a man trodden down, thinking God was against Him. Instead, He was suffering for US.

The Arrival of the Messiah (Isaiah 53:1-3)

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

We begin today a “different view of Christmas,” much more from God’s perspective in Isaiah 53. Capture the true Christmas story from a less common source.

Jesus comes, not as a celebrity, but as a commoner who drew no attention to Himself by how he looked.