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Episode 5

Jesus the King


This session focuses on Jesus Christ as the climax of the story and the fulfillment of all the Old Testament scriptures. He is the true image of God, the true Israelite, who redeems humanity through his person, work, and words. Jesus is both Saviour and Lord, and his redemptive work affects everything. This gives meaning to all of life and culture, including our ordinary activities. The gospel is therefore more than personal salvation; it is the invitation to participate in a renewed life for a renewed world.

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Episode Outline

  • First-century Israel—Israel returned from exile in Babylon, but after 400 years they are still waiting for God to restore Israel and free them from pagan rulers.
  • Messiah—Jesus fulfills the Old Testament expectation for a Messiah and a true king.
  • Mighty words and deeds—Jesus reveals what God is like, providing a renewed vision of what it means to be fully human.
  • Holiness—Holiness is not about a single moment of salvation, but a life engaged in people-keeping through various acts of loving your neighbour.

Sample discussion questions

  • When you think about Jesus being part of the larger story of Scripture, how does it change the way you think about him and his life?
  • What difference does it make to recognize Jesus as both Saviour and King?
  • What does Jesus show us about what God is like? What does Jesus reveal about what it means to be human and what it means to be holy?

Featuring

Mariam J. Kovalishyn

Mariam J. Kovalishyn

Assistant Professor in New Testament Studies
Regent College

Christine Lee Buchholz

Christine Lee Buchholz

Board Member
Restavek Freedom Foundation

Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight

Julis R. Mantey Professor of New Testament
Northern Seminary

Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Ruth Padilla DeBorst

Networking Team, INFEMIT
Latin American Theological Fellowship

Rikk Watts

Rikk Watts

Research Professor of New Testament
Regent College

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