Lesson 24 - JESUS: JUDGE. BRIDEGROOM. KING.
Ben precisely shares about Jesus' heart and character. As the Bridegroom, He is filled with desire for His people. As King, He possesses all power. As Judge, He is zealous to administer righteous Justice and removing all that hinders love, as He confronts oppression.
JESUS: JUDEGE. BRIDEGROOM. KING.
“…The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding…”
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT JESUS’ IDENTITY BEFORE HE RETURNS?
Positive and Negative: In the years leading up to Jesus’ return, you will see a unique time period, both positive and negative. Positive: The greatest outpouring of the Spirit in history is coming, which will be greater than the book of Acts in power (Acts 2:17-21). The Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in the entire world as a witness (Mt. 24:14). As the light gets brighter, the darkness will get darker. Negative: satan will rage against the human race and God’s most severe judgments will be poured out against the Antichrist’s empire (Mt. 24:21-22).
BRIDEGROOM. JUDGE. KING: The Word and the Spirit, added together, give understanding. They declare Jesus as Bridegroom, King, and Judge at the end of the age. As the Bridegroom, He is filled with desire for His people. As King, He possesses all power. As Judge, He is zealous to administer righteous Justice and removing all that hinders love, as He confronts oppression. In Jesus’ last message before the upper room discourse (Jn. 14:17), He revealed Himself as Bridegroom, King, and Judge (Mt. 25:31-46).
JESUS BELOVED BRIDEGROOM: Jesus is revealed as the One with holy passionate love for you. In Jesus’ last public message to Israel, He emphasized the revelation of God as Bridegroom, King, and Judge (Mt. 22:1-14). Later in that same chapter He further emphasizes His love for us and our love towards Him, ourselves, and others; Today, the Holy Spirit is restoring the first commandment to first place in your life and the church (Matt. 22:34-40).
SOVEREIGN KING: Jesus is revealed as the One KING who possesses all power and authority. As THE KING, Jesus restores individual lives, all the nations, and the earth (atmosphere, agriculture, animals, etc.). Today, you are invited to walk holy because you are a servant of a Righteous KING. Therefore, when you know Him as King, you will experience the supernatural power of God your life and ministry (Ps. 2:6; Isa. 2:1-4; Matt. 22:2-3; Rev. 17:14).
RIGHTEOUS JUDGE: Jesus is revealed as the One JUDGE who is righteous in His JUSTICE; He had great zeal to intervene and remove everything that stops His love from coming to you; Jesus confronts all rebellion and brokenness instead of ignoring it (Zech. 1:14; 8:2; Ezek. 38:18-19; Rev. 19:2). Jesus is the only man worthy to judge the nations because, as Creator, He understands the design of the human spirit, and because He humbled Himself to become a man (2 Cor. 8:9).
You prepare your heart to live HOLY today—affecting tomorrow: The Father gives understanding about Jesus’ identity, before the second coming, so that you can overcome and live righteous today and prepare the generation that will witness His return.
2True and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her…7Give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready…9Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! …11In righteousness He judges and makes war...15He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them…He Himself treads the winepress of…the wrath of Almighty God…16on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS. (Rev. 19:2-16) & (Rev. 21:2-11)
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