Tracing God’s Kingdom Program and Covenants. Part 11: Christ

John then continues the same message of “repent” and adds that the Kingdom is near (Matt. 3:1-2). John is the forerunner of Jesus, the Messiah. Jesus is born (Luke 2:10-11) and continues the same message of John: repent; the kingdom is near (Mark 1:14-15). At His baptism (Matt. 3:15) Jesus was recognized by God as His Son saying, “You are My Son, whom I love” (Mark 1:11). This confirmed that Jesus was the appointed theocratic administrator and the Messiah.
Jesus eventually explains the requirements of the Kingdom in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5-7), rejecting Pharisaic righteousness as the requirements. Instead, he offered Israel his righteousness, received by faith. Jesus even validated himself as the Messiah by performing miracles (Matt. 9:35). The Jewish leaders responded by saying He came from hell and got His power from Satan (Matt. 12:24). This is considered the point at which the Kingdom offer was rejected and withdrawn. The Kingdom was postponed, and Israel would receive judgment instead.

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