Posts by John Longmire (Page 15)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 15)

Matthew 4:1-11

This week we will focus on our loyalty Jesus Christ as the Messiah, God’s anointed king. God sent Jesus into the world to establish the kingdom of God and open it for all the peoples of the earth. Loyalty to Jesus Christ as King – Our Champion Jesus achieved what no other human can do: he overcame all the temptations of the Evil One. Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the…

Matthew 2:1-2

The Kingdom Foretold – The Messiah is Born The Eastern kings come to worship the king of the Jews whom they know will reign over all the earth. “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star at its rising and have come to worship him.” Pastor John’s Notes: There…

Malachi 3:1-4

The Kingdom Foretold – The Messenger to Prepare the Way God spoke through Malachi to foretell the coming of John the Baptist who would prepare the way for the Messiah. “See, I am going to send my messenger, and he will clear the way before me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly come to his temple, the Messenger of the covenant you delight in—see, he is coming,” says the Lord of Armies. But who can endure the day of…

Daniel 9:20-25

The Kingdom Foretold – The Clock Starts Ticking In a vision of the future, Daniel was given the number of years before the appearance of the Messiah! “While I was speaking, praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my petition before the Lord my God concerning the holy mountain of my God— while I was praying, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the first vision, reached me in my extreme weariness, about the…

Daniel 7:13-14

The Kingdom Foretold – Vision of the Son of Man Daniel saw a vision of the Messiah as a “Son of Man,” that is, a human being, who took his place on the throne of God to reign over God’s people forever. “I continued watching in the night visions, and suddenly one like a son of man was coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was escorted before him. He was given dominion, and…

Daniel 2:31-45

The Kingdom Foretold – Kingdoms to precede the Messiah In the Book of Daniel, it was recorded that King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream of the kingdoms that would precede the kingdom of God. Daniel explained the meaning of the dream: that there would be a succession of empires before the appearing of the kingdom of God. From our vantage point in history, we now know that the progression of kingdoms is as follows: Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece, and Rome. At the…

Zechariah 3:1-4, 9

The Kingdom Foretold – The High Priest Jesus Zechariah was given a vision of a high priest Joshua who would remove the sins of the people. The Hebrew name “Joshua” in Greek is “Jesus,” so I have changed the wording to more easily make the connection to the Jesus we know. “Then he showed me the high priest Jesus standing before the angel of the Lord, with Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to…

Matthew 3:2

Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand Many years ago, I was sitting in a senior theology class at Reformed Episcopal Seminary in West Philadelphia when the professor asked a simple question, “What is your understanding of the kingdom of God?” There was an awkward silence and then one-by-one each student gave a feeble answer. I had to confess I had no idea. Time ran out, the class ended, and the next day we didn’t return to the…

1 John 3:11-17

Loving One Another For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be astonished, brothers and sisters, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life because we love one another. Whoever…

1 John 3:4-10

Teachings about Sin Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Everyone who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. Everyone who commits sin is a child of the devil; for…