Bible Time Period: Messianic Fulfillment
You sent your only Son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, to fulfill all your promises: Give me new life in him.
The period of Maccabean Revolt drew a curtain on the Old Testament. “Testament” is our English translation of the Greek word that itself translates the Hebrew word for “covenant.” It refers to the covenant promises through which God bound Israel to Himself as His people. That covenant becomes “Old” when the one to whom the promises point—the Messiah, and his reign—comes to make a new and everlasting covenant.
This new covenant will not do away with the old, it will fulfill it. The things we have already seen come to pass—the conquest of the land, the establishment of the kingdom, and so on—turn out to be temporal signposts pointing to the much greater spiritual reality of the Kingdom of God that His Son comes to establish.
Humanly speaking, at the start of the New Testament things do not look good for Israel. The Jews may be home but in a sense they are still “slaves” subject to foreign empires. Spiritually speaking, they remain exiled by sin. They wait in longing for the coming of the Messiah. But when Israel looks to be at its weakest, God will change everything.
We will read about the period of Messianic Fulfillment as it is told in the gospel of Luke. Today’s chapters cover the birth of Jesus, his baptism and temptation in the desert, and the start of his ministry in Galilee.
What do these witnesses tell us about who Jesus is and why he has come? God; Zechariah; Simeon; John the Baptist; demons.
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