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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 71

This is our third week studying this parable of the nobleman who journeys to a far country and then returns to reward those whom he left in charge while he was away.Jesus was preparing to enter Jerusalem for the third time in his adult ministry,he was becoming more and more direct in his parables. Although he was directly addressing what was about to take place, no one was getting the message. Had they truly understood this parable his life may have been in danger before reaching Jerusalem.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 70

The Parable of the Nobleman galvanized the people's belief that Jesus was the long awaited Jewish King born from noble blood who was to come and conquer the oppressive Roman Empire. It also galvanized the Jewish leaderships’ belief that Jesus was a problem who needed to be dealt with. We see here in the first two verses of this Parable that Jesus was setting the stage for a devastating prophecy. He pulls no punches concerning the fate of those who reject him. The King is on his way. We do not know the day, the hour, or the moment he will arrive. But the Bible guarantees us that NO ONE WILL MISS IT!

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 69

Sometimes the Bible is taught as if God’s story took place in a vacuum when it comes to world history. We read about Moses, Jeremiah, Samson, King David, and Herod as if those events took place in a parallel universe and had no affect on the world at large. The opposite is true. God’s story is not only larger than the world stage, but God’s story is larger than the universe. Actually, Planet Earth as we know it, if not for involving his most beloved creation (you and me), would be but a speck of dust in the vast Solar System in which He created and in which we live. The children of God are not exempt from consequences brought about by the evil in this world. After all, we started the evil in this world.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 68

Many of us will remember the song "Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man" when we attending Sunday School as children. Zacchaeus lived in Jericho; he was small in stature; and he was rich. he was the Chief Tax Collector. Who we are affects what we think, what we think affects what we do, and what we do affects who we think we are. Zacchaeus’ response to meeting Jesus was to make restitution for his sins. He was no longer the same person and this inner change was affecting his view of life and his values. This was proof that his conversion was genuine.

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Preparing the Way for Jesus, Part 67

Jesus is on his way to the cross. He has resolutely set his eyes on Calvary and we are witnessing his final journey to Jerusalem. He is concluding three years of ministry that began with a miracle in Canaan at a wedding feast and will conclude with restoring the sight of a blind beggar. Jesus gathers the twelve disciples around him. Just the twelve into whom he has poured his life. And he says something in a very personal and intimate way. Jesus was very honest and bold with them concerning his mission and what they could expect to see.

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