Showing posts with label Making Connections Review Dec 17. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Making Connections Review Dec 17. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Making Connections Review Dec 17


Making Connections:
December 17
Isaiah 49:6-10, Acts 13:44-49, Revelation 7:14-17
 
Making Connections:
 
Perhaps because Jesus arrived without the glory & fanfare that the Jewish people expected, He was not recognized as Messiah before & rejected even after the resurrection. Though Jesus will be worshiped, In Isaiah 49:7 it also says that He will be despised, and Acts 13 shows a piece of this fulfillment: even as the Jews despised Jesus & the Gospel, God opened the way for the Gentiles.
 
Though we have seen that Jesus fulfilled so many specific prophecies, He was also in many ways not what the Jewish people expected. So many promises of a king, and yet Jesus in His incarnation did not seem royal. They hoped for a king to restore Israel & overthrow Rome, yet Jesus was not political & did not engage in even remote talk of government takeover.
 
Yet, look at the sweet promises available for Jews & Gentiles alike: He will bring people out of prison & darkness; He will lead us; we will never hunger or thirst; He will be our shepherd; He will shelter us with His presence; He will wipe away the tears from our eyes. What a powerful picture, and yet, so sweetly intimate. Jesus is not only a kingly ruler, but a kindly shepherd.
 
As the Gentiles did in Acts, let us rejoice & glorify God for His great promises!