Jesus and the Kingdom (sermon)

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Icon of the Theophony (Baptism of Christ). Christ is baptized as a sinner in order to identify with and assume the covenantal responsibility of Israel. 

This is a teaching on Matthew chapters 3-4 on the coming of the kingdom of heaven. The chapters center on John the Baptist’s preaching about the coming of Christ and his kingdom, and on the baptism and temptation of Christ.

I show from this passage that Christ comes to assume the covenantal responsibility of Israel in order to restore the lost kingdom so that the world would be blessed, and that our response to the kingdom should be repentance and trust.

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