Jean’s Gospel: Behold Your King is Coming to You

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  1. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    And now the readers of this blog have heard the free and unadulterated gospel of our Lord.

  2. Paige says:

    Thank you Jean…. a beautiful meditation….

  3. Jean says:

    Thank you Michael and Paige!

  4. JoelG says:

    Thank you Jean. This should be read from every pulpit this Christmas.

  5. Michael says:

    I’m so proud to host this for our readers…

  6. Xenia says:

    Two thumbs up!

  7. Jean says:

    Thank you Joel and Xenia.

    Michael, the pic this week is awesome.

  8. Owen says:

    Agreeing with Jean, the pic is beautiful……

    This meditation needs several quiet, reflective readings. Just the help I need to slow down and receive the spirit of the season.

    Quick question….

    ” The problem was that the religious authorities misled their people into looking for a messiah who would come after the fashion of an earthly king – in power and splendor, who would conquer the Romans and establish an earthly kingdom….”

    I’m curious how the religious authorities decided that the king would come in that fashion.

  9. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Owen,
    “I’m curious how the religious authorities decided that the king would come in that fashion.”

    Because that is the way kings came 🙂

  10. Jean says:

    One of the relevant passages:

    “Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.’”

    Whether you read this text as John’s personal doubt, or him facilitating the question for the benefit of his disciples, there was a question: Is this the way the Messiah will fulfill the prophesies, such as Isaiah 61:1-2? Apparently, some were (are) offended by Jesus’ plan.

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    Really a great meditation… Thanks!

  12. Jean says:

    Thank you Duane.

  13. Owen says:

    MLD,

    So, basically they based it on past experience and history. Hmmm…… makes me want to dig up all the references in the OT and compare what sort of “Christ” is described.

  14. Owen says:

    Jean, (@ #10),

    Now you’re really stirring up my interest. Because I would think that John’s disciples would have spread the word. Although they wouldn’t necessarily have been believed.

  15. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    Owen,
    Look at the imagery of the coming King Jesus in Rev 19.
    The Jews saw that coming in their scriptures – they missed that the scriptures spoke of 2 comings.

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