Well, now, guess what. This is happening.
At Providence Church last night we began a study of Luke-Acts and I taught on Luke 1 (80 verses). Embarking on a study of the life of the Messiah is an excursion that I hope will rekindle our first love as God "speaks" to us through His Son.
1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
- Hebrews 1:1-3, ESV
Along those lines, I share with you a quote from the late F.F. Bruce:
"The Christian gospel is not primarily a code of ethics or a metaphysical system; it is first and foremost good news, and as such it was proclaimed by its earliest preachers.... This good news is intimately bound up with the historical order, for it tells how for the world's redemption God entered into history, the eternal came into time, the kingdom of heaven invaded the realm of earth, in the great events of the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus the Christ."The incarnation says so much and I look forward to our Sunday night study of how the kingdom of heaven invades the realm of earth, Light conquering darkness as the drama unfolds.
-The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
A Messiah was expected, but not this Messiah, God in the flesh who is more concerned about defeating the powers of darkness and liberating His people from their sins than about overthrowing the Romans to save them from their oppression.
Little did they know that this King would conquer far more than some land, but His kingdom would know no end, geographically or temporally. All the years of awaiting a leader fit to rule God's people are over, the King is here, now and forever more.