Hail the Conquering Hero!
INTRO- Popular portraits of Christ: (click here to listen to to Sunday's exposition)
A) The tame and mild babe of Bethlehem. A very safe Jesus.
B) The humanitarian "peace to all" Christ. An all-inclusive Jesus.
Overarching questions to ponder: Is the Person I worship, live for, and tell people about the COMPLETE JESUS?
“Are we presenting a user-friendly Christ and a truncated gospel-in hopes of saving face with a lost and hostile world?” If we're being honest, our portrait of Jesus does not seem to mesh with (biblical) Christ of Revelation 5 or Revelation 19:11-21.
The entire Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16-4:5) are given to us for a reason (including passages like Rev. 19-20). The Holy Spirit wastes no ink in the Holy Scriptures. Do we really believe what we say we believe about the Bible? Does our preaching, worship, and evangelism give evidence of this?
The future earthly reign of the Messiah was prophesied in the O.T.; anticipated in the Gospels and Acts, and finally comes to fruition in John’s inspired Revelation of greater things yet to come!
This new inspired vision of future things presents three interconnected scenes: