Jesus and the Kingdom
The End Times are interesting to Study. Whether it be in the Book of Daniel or in the Book of Revelation which contain most of end times imagery. The Jews during the first century were obsessed over the law and end times prophecy. I’m not saying that prophecy isn’t important, but rather it’s not are main focus. The Jews missed Jesus’ calling because they were focused on both of these concepts. Prophecy in the Old Testament was used to establish who the messiah was and where he would be. The Book of Daniel gives a detailed account of the messiah and so do many of the prophets as well. Many of the Jews rejected Christ as the Messiah because they believed that they messiah would overthrow Rome. Rome ended up crucifying Christ to establish their power. Jesus didn’t come to overthrow human power, but rather the power of sin. We make Christ our God because he saved us from ourselves. The Gospels are not about us, but about Christ who gave the ultimate sacrifice which he did not deserve.
Jesus spoke in parables to demonstrate the uniqueness of Heaven and the fact that it can be compared with earthly things. In the article “Kingdom: What among the Weeds” the author talks about how Christ didn’t come as a warlord. The author stated that he used to be obsessed with end time and that they were going to happen during the times of the Soviet Union. Many Christians use to think that U.S president Obama fulfilled many End Times prophecies. I use to be one of those Christians obsessed with the end times and missed the true purpose of parables and prophecy. The prophecies of Christ affirm who he is and his relation with God and his people. Jesus used parables to represent his authority, the glory of the kingdom, and Christ’s glory over sin. His parables resemble his character and divine relationship with God. They demonstrate that he will come for his people and we must be ready. The parables of the tenants and the parables of the 10 virgins demonstrate my previous point. Matthew 24 talks about the end times and sets up the book revelation to show that Christ will return in the worst time of human history. The parables have been used to foreshadow future events about the kingdom of Heaven coming to the Kingdom of Earth and Christ will be the ruler of both.
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