Coming on the Clouds

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These notes accompany the sermon found here.

The Corrupt Trial

  • For Caiaphas, see Luke 3:2; John 11:47-54; Matthew 26:3-5.
  • For laws concerning witnesses, see Deuteronomy 19:15-21.
  • The first charge was speaking against the temple, Matthew 26:61-62. See John 2:19; Acts 6:12-14, 7:45-50.

The Crucial Question

  • Concerning oaths, see Matthew 26:63; Exodus 20:7; Leviticus 19:12; Numbers 30:2.
  • Matthew 26:63, “Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” See John 10:30-39.

The Cryptic Answer

  • Answer Part 1: Psalm 110:1.  Jesus affirmed that He is the Messiah, the descendant of David, who would bring the Kingdom of God and judge the world sitting at the right hand of God, Psalm 110:1.  See also Matt. 22:44; Mark 12:36; Luke 20:42, 43; Acts 2:34, 35; Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:13, 8:1, 10:12-13, 12:2,
  • Answer Part 2: Daniel 7:13.  Jesus takes it up a notch by referring to imagery found in Isaiah 7 that speaks of “one like a son of man” who is presented before God, conquers the nations, and enjoys and everlasting dominion.  See Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 68:32-33; Psalm 104:1-4; Isaiah 19:1, and other references to clouds in connection with God’s glory.  The claim is truly blasphemy – unless it’s true!
  • Answer Part 3: Jesus implies that these events will be seen by his audience, “from now on you (plural) will see…”  Matthew 26:64.  See Acts 13:33 – Psalm 2:7; Romans 1:4; Ephesians 1:20-23.

The Confident Assertion

Revelation 1:7 “7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.”  See also Revelation 22:7, 12, 17, 20; all in the present tense!

 

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