Though one of the monumental events in the life of Christ, His baptism is greatly under appreciated and misunderstood. The question is not, "Why did Jesus have to be baptized?" so much as it is, "How was the baptism of Jesus the fulfillment of righteousness?" We invite you to open you Bible and follow along as we investigate the introduction of the New King to His people.
This week's study discusses Hebrews 7:11-28 and the application of what it means that Jesus was appointed by God as priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Open up your Bible, follow along, and let's study God's Word together.
This week's installment of our Hebrews Study covers Hebrews 4:14-5:11. Our section of study marks an important shift in the book as the High Priesthood of Christ comes into focus. May we never overlook the blessings that come through our Great High Priest who shared our nature.
Below you will also find an audio version of the study. If you missed las week's episode you can find it HERE.
This week's study introduces us to the next section in the book (Hebrews 3:1-5:10) and covers the first six verses of chapter three.
NOTICE: We will not post another video until the first Monday in January. May God bless you in the upcoming year and we hope you will continue to follow along with us next year.
The Transfiguration is one of the most important and amazing scenes in all of Scripture yet also one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated. Open up your Bible and follow along as context, scene, and meaning are all unfolded in light of Scripture. May Christ receive the glory due Him and may all people today "Hear Him!"
In Matthew 8:5-13 the following story is recorded:
5 Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,6 saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
7 And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.
Commenting on these verse Wesley Olmstead keenly observes:
“And, if the centurion’s cry for Jesus’ help testifies to his faith, then the words he utters hear witness to its profundity. Since, like Jesus, he lives ‘under authority’, he understands that Jesus need not be present to heal his servant. When the centurion speaks, Rome speaks. When Jesus speaks, God speaks. The power of God does not depend upon Jesus’ location any more than the power of Rome depends upon the centurion’s.”
Indeed, what profundity from a Gentile; he grasped what the Jewish leaders refused to acknowledge.
Here is the takeaway point: When we speak the words of Christ, Christ yet speaks. Jesus does not have to be present with us today in order for his Word to have authority; neither are the apostles’ or prophets’ presence required. The Bible has authority because it is founded in God and His authority. May we as messengers never take lightly the message we carry forth, and may we ever hollow the one for whom we speak.
Olmstead, Wesley G., Matthew's Trilogy of Parables. Cambridge: University Press, 2003.
Provided below is an audio recording of a sermon Nathan Battey presented on the trials in the Jewish courts that lead to Jesus' presentation before Pilate and ultimate execution on the cross. The Jewish trials are often read through hurriedly and many fail to grasp important details provided by the gospel writers. Before listening to the sermon, please consider the following list of questions and see how many you can answer. Hopefully by the time you have listened to the sermon in its entirety you will be able to answer them all.
1- How many times was Christ tried before his crucifixion?
2- Who was Annas and why was Jesus first taken to his house when arrested?
3- Why are both Annas and Caiaphas referred to as High Priest?
4- Which two disciples followed Jesus to the houses of Annas and Caiaphas?
5- What two part question did Annas asks Jesus?
6- How does Jesus’ reply to Annas convict us of guilt today?
7- Why was Jesus struck by one of the guards of the High Priest?
8- How many members made up the Sanhedrin and how many members were needed to incur the death penalty?
9- What was the role of the High Priest in relation to the Sanhedrin?
10- Was the trial before Caiaphas a formal or informal trial?
11- What ultimately condemned Christ?
12- What was the conviction handed down by the Sanhedrin?
13- What was the conviction that was presented to Pilate?
The Mark of the Beast, Armageddon, The 1,000 Year Reign, and Premillennialism's Pitfalls - An Introduction to the Problems by Nathan Battey
We want to encourage all to listen and consider this great sermon centered around the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We fill confident you will find it encouraging, edifying, and enjoyable. May we ever grow more appreciative of our loving Savior in all aspects of His life.
“Lost” in the Temple
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.