Running head: JESUS KINGDOM ACTIVITY
Jesus Kingdom Activity
New Testament Survey 123
Jesusâ€™ Kingdom Activity
Every action Jesus took during His ministry on earth was well thought out, organized and executed. Each parable, and each healing pointed to who He was, what He came to accomplish, and the Kingdom He was setting up. The Galilean Ministry of Jesus was marked by one profound event after another. We will explore three of those in this essay.
With Caesarea Philippi as a backdrop we have a dramatic picture of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was standing on a road in an area littered with the temples of the Syrian gods, a place where the Greek gods looked ...view middle of the document...
Jesus also gave â€œThe Keys of the Kingdom.â€ (Matt 16:19) These keys refer to authority in the ekklesia. This power and authority would be shared by the apostles, and given to all the apostles, past and present to enable them to lead believers (Matt 18:18; John 20:20-23) This reveals Jesusâ€™ standards and provisions for His ekklesia.
The Great Confession at Caesarea Philippi was immediately followed by the miracle on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:1-9). Mount Hermon was generally considered in the local tradition as a holy mountain. The Hebrew word for "Hermon" can be translated as "the mountain set apart." Peter speaks of the Transfiguration and recalls how "we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain" (2 Peter 1:18).
Jesus had come to this mountain to pray (Luke 9:28-29). The Transfiguration must have happened at night, for Luke tells us that the disciples were weighted down with sleep (Luke 9:28-35). Perhaps this scene was too holy, too beautiful for human eyes to completely view. Here on the mountain two great figures appear -- Moses and Elijah -- both of whom had experienced the power of God on a mountain top.
The gospel writers speak of the luminous cloud that overshadowed them. The cloud was a part of Israel's history -- all throughout their history it had stood for the Shechinah, which was the glory of Almighty God! No Jew could have seen the Shechinah without thinking of the glory of God resting upon His people. Jesus was restoring the glory of God, not to the temple at Jerusalem He himself was the glory.