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“I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:27 NLT).

From: March 31, 2019

WHEN IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD TO BE SEEN?

The Kingdom of God is a mystery. For Jesus described it as both present and future. Perhaps the best explanation for this mystery was offered by George Ladd, who called it “fulfillment without consummation.” Fulfillment of the kingdom is here now since the first coming of Christ and the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost. But the consummation is not yet here. For it awaits Christ’s return when all enemies will be defeated and all sin and satanic power and sickness and suffering will be gone forever.
 
Only Jesus and Judas Iscariot “tasted death” before Pentecost. The other disciples all saw the fulfillment of Christ’s words and the unfolding of the mystery of the Kingdom of God in that upper room on that day.
 
The Kingdom of God is here now and can be seen wherever Christ is acknowledged as King. Yet, the Kingdom of God is coming, its consummation to be accomplished upon Christ’s return.
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are amazed at your plans for us. Thank you that you have invited us to be included in your kingdom through faith in Jesus. We acknowledge Jesus as King and willingly pledge our lives to Him in all things. Lord, we declare his gospel and await his soon return. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.” (Luke 9:22 NLT).

From: March 31, 2018

JESUS PREDICTED HIS PASSION AND RESURRECTION
Jesus revealed His purpose and destiny to His disciples on many occasions. He said that He “must suffer.” In the Greek, the word “to suffer” is “paschō” (πάσχω), which is the origin of the English word “passion.” Yet, they didn’t grasp His meaning until after these things had happened. It must have been particularly difficult to understand Christ’s words on the day that Peter was commended for rightly identifying Jesus as the “Messiah and Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16). Their view of the Messiah was one of a conquering king, not a suffering servant. They had not understood the many prophecies found in Bible passages like Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22 that Jesus “must” fulfill.
 
So on that Good Friday, Jesus suffered just as He said and just as the prophets had foretold.

“Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night” (Deuteronomy 16:1 NKJV).

From: March 31, 2017

The month of Abib was the month that the Lord had delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt. It was therefore to be counted as the first month of the Hebrew year. Since the religious celebrations given by Moses were linked to certain times of the year, it became the role of the priests to certify the beginning of each new month based on the lunar cycle. The word “month” and “moon” are cognates in both the Hebrew and English language, and since the lunar cycle is 29.5 days, announcing the start of a new month was both science and art.
 
The word “Abib” means “fresh heads of grain,” or “green ears,” referring to the time of the year when crops of grain begin to come to a head. Today’s Jewish calendar no longer uses the name “Abib,” using the name “Nisan” in its place, which has been in use since the time when the Jews were released from Babylonian captivity (see Esther 3:7). The month of Abib corresponds to our months of March/April. Since the Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle and our calendar is based on the solar cycle, the date for Passover varies each year, and with it, the date for Easter does as well.
 
Passover was to be always celebrated in the month of Abib to remind Israel how the Lord had “passed-over” the homes whose doors were covered with the blood of the Passover lamb. This foreshadowed Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was given for the sins of the world.
 
So, the timing of the celebration for Jewish Passover and Christian Easter are linked. And their dates continue to move around in our modern calendar. This explains the 35-day span where Easter can occur (March 22 – April 25, inclusive).
 
It was in the month of Abib, meaning “new heads of grain,” that Jesus fulfilled His saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:23-24).

“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:22 ESV)

From: March 31, 2016

Jesus predicted his own death, burial and resurrection. No one took His life. He gave it willingly. The disciples didn’t really understand Christ’s claims until after His resurrection. When the disciples became eye witnesses of the risen Lord and were filled with the Holy Spirit, they went from frightened, unschooled followers to courageous, emboldened proclaimers of the gospel. And so Christ-followers greet one another even until this day saying, “He is risen!” He is risen indeed!

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23 NKJV)

From: March 31, 2015

What is the cost of discipleship?
After Jesus described how He would suffer, be killed, and rise on the third day, He explained the cost of being one of His disciples. His instruction?
1) Deny yourself – Surrender your will to Christ’s Lordship.
2) Take up your cross daily – Die daily to sin through Christ’s sacrifice.
3) Follow Me – Walk in the Spirit, filled with Christ’s resurrection power.

“Then he asked them, ‘But who do you say I am?’” (Luke 9:20 NLT)

From: March 31, 2014

This is the most important question Jesus asks. Some answered other prophets, some called him teacher, but Peter called him “the Christ,” the Messiah. the Anointed One of God. This question is still the most important that each of us must answer. Perhaps C. S. Lewis described the importance of how we answer this question best:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Luke 9:22 ESV)

From: March 31, 2013

Jesus predicted his own death, burial and resurrection. The disciples didn’t understand Christ’s claims until after his resurrection. It was on the basis of this historical event that the disciples went from frightened, unschooled followers to courageous, emboldened proclaimers of the gospel. And so we greet one another even until this day with, “He is risen!” He is risen indeed!

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory” (Luke 9:26)

From: March 31, 2012

Are you ashamed to witness? It isn’t considered polite to talk about Jesus and the Gospel. In a day when “R” rated language is everywhere, saying “Jesus” is only acceptable as a curse word. It’s “intolerant” to speak of Him otherwise. I wonder, will Jesus be ashamed of you on that Day?

From: March 31, 2011

011 – “‘But what about you?’ he asked. ‘Who do you say I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Christ of God.’”
This really is the ultimate question and Peter answers rightly. How will you answer?