Who Is This King?

Brandon Levering, looking to the Sermon on the Mount, gives an answer: In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus is portrayed to us as a new Moses, who comes out of the wilderness and ascends the mountain (5:1-2) to give God’s instruction. Jesus came not to relax or remove the Law, but to fulfill it (5:17-20). And yet, Jesus is more than a new Moses, for he speaks with the authority of God himself (cf. 7:28-29). He is no mere prophet shouting, “Thus says the Lord.” Rather, Jesus says, “You have heard it said before…but I say to you” (e.g. 5:21-22). Throughout … Continue reading Who Is This King?

Thoughts on Jesus’ Coming, the Rapture, and Vultures

I don’t like arguing or debating eschatology.  I think it is a colossal waste of time.  I take a huge risk in even posting this, but it’s about Jesus and the Bible, so I think I’m okay. In Luke 17, Jesus gives one of his many messages about the kingdom being “already” and “not yet.”  In verses 20-21, he says that the kingdom “is not coming with signs to be observed” (v. 20b).  Then he says “the kingdom of God is in the midst of you” (v. 21b).  The first thing Jesus says is interesting.  It’s something that Christians who … Continue reading Thoughts on Jesus’ Coming, the Rapture, and Vultures