God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it? In addition, the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind, because He is not a mortal who changes His mind.
He sent His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Numbers 23:19, 1 Samuel 15:29, Psalms 107:20
The Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
The Fulfillment of the Law
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
The time for judging this world has come, when Satan, the ruler of this world, will be cast out.
“What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!”
You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.
John 12:31, Mark 1:24, James 2:19
Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future.
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.’
Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:22
Philip found Nathanael and told him,
“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.
John the Baptist Prepares the Way
This is the Good News about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God.
It began just as the prophet Isaiah had written:
“Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,
and he will prepare your way.
He is a voice shouting in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him!’ ”
This messenger was John the Baptist. He was in the wilderness and preached that people should be baptized to show that they had repented of their sins and turned to God to be forgiven. All of Judea, including all the people of Jerusalem, went out to see and hear John. And when they confessed their sins, he baptized them in the Jordan River.
As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”
The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”
From the family tree of King David–
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch (Netzer) will bear fruit.” “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Isaiah 11:1, John 15:5
The Hebrew word for branch in this passage is “netzer” נצר, which can mean branch, shoot, twig, sprout or descendant. The same three root letters
(N-TZ-R) with different vowels—”natzar“ נצר—means to watch, guard, or keep.
These three root letters can also be used in the context of Christianity, which is called “natzrut” נצרות in Hebrew.
To become a Christian is nitzer נצר. A related word, notzri, is used for a Christian – as someone who follows Yeshua of Natzeret נצרת (Nazareth).
Even the Hebrew language itself contains this knowledge that Yeshua of Natzeret came as the Netzer (branch) out of Jesse!
From Jesse (Yishai) came the mighty King David, and through the lineage of David came Yeshua Ben David (Jesus son of David), who sits on his throne eternally!
Isaiah prophecies that the Spirit of the Lord would rest upon this branch out of the stump of Jesse:
“The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him—the Spirit of wisdom and of
understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord.”
Jesus read this very prophetic Word and proclaimed it fulfilled:
He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him. He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God for we walk by faith and not by sight. The first step is to fear not, only believe and then you shall see the glory of God!
When the Lord returns a second time, we will finally experience that glorious “peace on earth” the prophet Isaiah saw coming under the righteous reign of the Messiah for whom we wait with such longing.
In perfect submission under His righteous reign, even all the animals will also live together in peace, and a little child would suffer no harm even by handling a dangerous serpent.
“The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. In that wonderful day, the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. They will neither harm nor destroy on all My holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to Him, and His resting place will be glorious.”
When the Root of Jesse, the Messiah Ben David, returns as the Lion of Judah, not only will all of Israel be saved, but all the nations will seek Him.
With such a joyous and righteous ending what else can we do but praise and thank Him for such a great deliverance? For all He has done, is doing now and will do in the future!
“In that day you will say: ‘I will praise you, Lord. Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation (Yeshua). It is from this well of salvation (Yeshua) that we draw living waters and rejoice. Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
Christ in you is the great hope of the glorious redemption, restoration, and deliverance in He who is God’s Word.
“…that through death he might render inoperative him (the devil) who had the power of death. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”
And having stripped away all authority and power from the demonic governmental rulers and authorities, Jesus Christ exhibited a victory over them by the cross. NOW is Salvation. It is FINISHED!
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
A Grain of Wheat Must Die
There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: “Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?”
Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. Jesus answered, “Time’s up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.
“If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you’ll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment’s notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.
“Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? ‘Father, get me out of this’? No, this is why I came in the first place. I’ll say, ‘Father, put your glory on display.'”
A voice came out of the sky: “I have glorified it, and I’ll glorify it again.”
The listening crowd said, “Thunder!”
Others said, “An angel spoke to him!”
Jesus said, “The voice didn’t come for me but for you. At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me.” He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death.
Voices from the crowd answered, “We heard from God’s Law that the Messiah lasts forever. How can it be necessary, as you put it, that the Son of Man ‘be lifted up’? Who is this ‘Son of Man’?”
Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.”
Their Eyes Are Blinded
Jesus said all this, and then went into hiding. All these God-signs he had given them and they still didn’t get it, still wouldn’t trust him. This proved that the prophet Isaiah was right:
God, who believed what we preached?
Who recognized God’s arm, outstretched and ready to act?
First they wouldn’t believe, then they couldn’t—again, just as Isaiah said:
Their eyes are blinded,
their hearts are hardened,
So that they wouldn’t see with their eyes
and perceive with their hearts,
And turn to me, God,
so I could heal them.
Isaiah said these things after he got a glimpse of God’s cascading brightness that would pour through the Messiah.
On the other hand, a considerable number from the ranks of the leaders did believe. But because of the Pharisees, they didn’t come out in the open with it. They were afraid of getting kicked out of the meeting place. When push came to shove they cared more for human approval than for God’s glory.
Jesus summed it all up when he cried out, “Whoever believes in me, believes not just in me but in the One who sent me. Whoever looks at me is looking, in fact, at the One who sent me. I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark.
“If anyone hears what I am saying and doesn’t take it seriously, I don’t reject him. I didn’t come to reject the world; I came to save the world. But you need to know that whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I’m saying, is willfully choosing rejection. The Word, the Word-made-flesh that I have spoken and that I am, that Word and no other is the last word. I’m not making any of this up on my own. The Father who sent me gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. And I know exactly what his command produces: real and eternal life. That’s all I have to say. What the Father told me, I tell you.”
Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.”
We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
John 12:35, John 9:4, Galatians 6:10
We are assigned our places to stand in the breaks in the wall to repair it for the house of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD. We are prophesy, to proclaim His Word
and warn people to turn from darkness to His marvelous light while there is still time.