Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Prophecy of the Eternal Kingdom – Isaiah 9:5-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of…

Prophecy of the Cross – Psalm 22:1, 16-18

My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?…For dogs encompass me; a company of evildoers encircles me; they have pierced my hands and feet— I can count all my bones— they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22:16-18)   Reflection: When Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” he was quoting Psalm 22. It may also be that…

Prophecy of the Triumphal Entry – Zechariah 9:9

Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)   Reflection: This prophecy of the Messiah, God’s anointed king, riding into Jerusalem on a donkey was fulfilled when Jesus entered Jerusalem in the last week of his life – the week we refer to as “Holy Week.” The…

The Messiah as God’s Prophet – Deuteronomy 18:15

“The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen.” (Deuteronomy 18:15)   Reflection: A prophet is a person who is called by God to speak on his behalf. At times, the prophet is given a vision of the future, but for the most part, his work is in the present. He is to instruct the people about what God says about their current situation.…

Prophecy of the Messiah’s Birth in Bethlehem – Micah 5:2

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)   Reflection: Bethlehem was a small village a few miles south of Jerusalem. It was a shepherding village where many lambs were raised for sacrifice in the temple. As Jesus is the lamb of God who takes…

Prophecy of the Messiah in the Garden of Eden – Genesis 3:15

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Genesis 3:15)   Reflection: Even before Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, God had promised that one of Eve’s offspring would deliver humanity. In the curse upon the serpent, God foretold of the coming of a deliverer who would crush the Serpent’s head even while he himself would be wounded. God…

One Body in Christ – Romans 12:5

So we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:5)   Reflection: The Bible often refers to the church as the body of Christ. Everyone who tastes of life in Christ becomes part of the larger body of believers. We share our core love for God and are energized by the same motives. The common purpose we share creates a sweet fellowship among all believers in Christ, so much so that we consider…