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When Jesus stepped on the earth, he brought the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness into immediate conflict.
In this sermon we look at the gospel Jesus preached.
The Lord has high expectations for His people. He desires for us to be faithful followers both on the inside and the outside. The Pharisees are examples of how self-justification stinks. We might fool other people, even ourselves, into thinking that we are good people and pleasing to God, but God can tell when there is something rotten on the inside, because He alone is able to look into our hearts. Since the Pharisees were misusing the Law as the basis for self-justification and missing the boat on Jesus and the Kingdom of God, Jesus explains that, with His coming, a shift in era has taken place from Mosaic Law and Promise to the Gospel of God's Kingdom and Fulfillment. The Lord changes us on the inside through a faith response to Jesus, since He is the fulfillment of everything to which the Law and the Prophets pointed. Furthermore, God's expectations of holiness and love in His people has not changed from the old era to the new, as demonstrated through Jesus, the embodiment of the Law's authority. This is on display through His strong teaching on divorce and remarriage. Thus, unlike the Pharisees, it is imperative that we walk with integrity before God and others as faithful followers of Jesus both inside and out.
Luke gives his readers an unbelievable preview of the coming Messiah. In Luke 1:5-80, we discover much about the person of Christ and the great work of salvation he brings. Like a good movie preview, Luke leaves us longing to see more.
Jesus came to fulfill the law and all righteousness, and he invites us to join him in God's Kingdom of righteousness.