Israel’s Hope In Luke/Acts - The Consolation of Israel
This sermon covers material from Luke and Acts that is pertinent to the issue of whether or not there will be a future, restored kingdom for Israel where Jesus reigns from Jerusalem. To do this we start with the angelic announcement to Mary in Luke 1 which mentions a kingdom with no end. In Luke, authoritative spokespersons tell of God’s mighty deeds using reviews and previews of salvation. Through the mouths of an angel, Zacharias, Simeon, Jesus, and then Peter we find out that God is still keeping promises given to Abraham, David and through the prophets. Though the leadership of Israel did not respond to the work of God in Christ, many unexpected people did. We see that in many of these key statements, the restored kingdom to Israel, including salvation from her enemies, is predicted. In Acts, after the resurrection, the disciples asked Jesus about the restored kingdom for Israel. The answer was that the time or epoch was fixed by the Father. This means there will be a future Israel, but the time is not yet revealed. Now they were to preach the gospel to the ends of the earth. The future hope for Israel remains even as God is saving people during the church age.