Thursday, February 22, 2018

Can We Be Close to Jesus Like His Disciples Were? Matthew 12:49-50

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Wouldn't it have been wonderful to walk with Jesus as he traveled over the Judean countryside, just to be intimate and close to the Lord and really know him? Too bad those days are gone, but according to the words of Christ it is possible to us today.

"And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:49-50

Jesus said this after being told his mother and brothers were waiting to see him but they were unable to approach because of the crowds.

You would have thought the response would be for Christ to jump up and go to his family since scripture teaches we are to care for our family. But it was more important that he use the moment for a teaching to his greater family, about a greater extended family of greater intimacy.

A strange and small detail but this gesture is recorded for a reason. It shows many things.
  • He was personable. That gesture is one any of us might make.
  • It was a powerful communication to those he gestured to; imagine how they must have felt to see the Lord pointing to them as he declared they were his family.
  • It is a detail that an observant journalist would report; this detail proves the account believable.
  • The gesture makes his meaning unmistakable.
At first one would think Jesus meant the twelve but he gestured to all. His statement was inclusive and not just the twelve. If it included the crowded house of that day it must also include the crowded world of today.

Did you ever want to be one of Christ's disciples, what about being his brother or sister? In this statement, our Lord says, "Yes you are my brother my sister...."

The whoever in this verse is you and me. Not just some super saint, or priest, or seminary graduate but any guy on the street can by obedience to the Father become accounted as a brother or sister.

We use the word, does, as an action word it is a word of work, doing and moving. Doing the will of the father is not about sitting in church on Sunday but more. We have to know His will and that means knowing His Word then we have to be obedient to its teaching.

To declare the possibility of kinship with Jesus by obeying the father is an invitation, it is saying the door to intimacy with Jesus is open.  But do we do God's will? The Bible offers many verses about God's will.  Here are just a few for you to start with.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18, Give thanks.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Be sanctified.
  • 1 Peter 2:15, Do good.
  • 2 Peter 3:9, For none to perish.
  • Micah 6:8, Walk Humbly.
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Is There Something Dangerous About Jesus' Teaching?

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Is there something that is dangerous about the teaching of Jesus? He himself warns that there is in John 12:35.

"Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going." John 12:35, NIV

This is a temporary world, and our lives here are temporary. Although the one who believes in Christ is eternally secure which means that salvation cannot be lost the opportunity to be the light in this world is only for a short time.

Jesus used the word walk to describe the totality of life. Walking is one of the most common activities of a healthy human being. It is a metaphor for the travel through our lives to the destination we all face at the end.

You may hear a powerful and convicting sermon, or go on a wonderful mountain-top retreat or participate in an eye-opening mission service but if the lessons you learned from God in those times are not lived out every day thereafter they will wither away inside you and instead of being a blessing become a weight holding you back in every area of your life.

The phrase, while you have the light, suggest these blessed truths will not always be there or that we are in danger of losing it at any time. In the context of John 12:35 the disciples must have thought that Jesus was referring to his death when His light would be taken then, but we must all take warning to live the truths we have been given.

Many people fail to be true to the light of Jesus' teaching. They have a little understanding and mix it all up and hurt people in the name of God. They are wandering in the dark and causing others to stumble after them.

It is dangerous to neglect the teaching we have received. If we fail to live out the light we have been given we are in danger of that light becoming darkness inside us. We must all be diligent to stay in the light of Christ teaching and live that light in a practical way.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Can We Wear Out God's Love? Psalm 103:11

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Is there a limit to God's love? A child may ask how much do you love me and it is cute but the question is a serious one when we become adults, especially regarding God.

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;" Psalm 103:11.

We are earthbound and any reference to height, no matter if it is the top of a ladder, a building, mountain or the heavens makes us aware of our smallness.

High as a term of measurement is unique because most other measures have limits of some sort or they change at some point such as measuring light, sound, or heat, but if Earth is a starting point and you go up you keep on going up without changing the nature of going up.

It is interesting that the word Heaven is used and not sky or universe. The idea of sky or universe suggests limits but the heavens are outside our limits and this extends the concept of something that is far beyond measure.

This makes the measurement to be measureless. The expanding universe has no bounds so the direction of up or high does not have a stopping point, so we understand that there are no boundaries to God's love it is infinite

With the words, "so great," the verse moves to comparing the infinite measure of "ultimate up" to God's love.

These two words suggest an equality of the next subject. The psalmist could have used some other comparative term like, just as, or is the same way, or just so measureless but to say "so great" not only gives the sense of equality but a value of importance, and awesome wonder.

God is a God of love, but since it is His love it is unlike anything we know, we really have nothing to compare it to and any attempts to find a similar experience of love in human experience will fall laughably short.

This verse speaks lastly about our relationship with God.

To fear God is not contradictory to loving God but it is the realization of His holiness that we start to understand when we come to know Him. If you know Him you begin to respect and reverence Him.

The proof of God's love is not in words but in actions. The Apostle Paul points out that "God demonstrates his love for us in this in that while we were sinners Christ died for us." Romans 5:8. God's love for us is more than a positive feeling toward us. It is a love that acts- God loved us and died to pay for our sins. Our sin is the only barrier to God's love and He took care of that at Calvary on the cross.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What is the one thing people need to know about you? Galatians 6:14

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If there was one thing that you wanted people to know about you what would it be?  You can tell by what you boast about.

"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14

We tend to boast either intentionally or unintentionally about those things that we think are important. They are the things that we feel others must know about us.  These things make us feel important. When we boast about something it usually is to communicate that here is a thing that we are particularly identified with and that we feel is important for others to know,

Galatians 6:14 Begins with the word May. This use of the word, may, can be wishful thinking or resolve.  It can mean to let something happen as if to create the circumstances that allow something can happen, or it can be to intentionally remove the obstacles from the path of this happening. In the context, it appears that the Apostle is speaking in a resolute manner.

Here, the word never gives the sense that he is resolved and committed to a course of action.  This is the idea of not giving any opportunity to boasting in the wrong thing.

We generally look down on boasting as being a shallow and self-absorbed activity.  If the Apostle is boasting about himself that would be a correct conclusion; however, there is a sense of boasting that is not vain, when it is giving objective and correct information.

We in our modern times have romanticized the cross but in the days of the Roman Empire, it was a shameful and torturous death for the worst offenders.  In Paul's day, no one would have worn a cross as a piece of jewelry- it was considered ugly.

The past tense of this is that something has happened. The apostle is declaring that he is dead to the world and the world is dead to him.  Something that is dead has no ability to respond or react to its environment or to stimulation.

Another past tense statement, where the Apostle is saying, "It is over," he sees the world, the kingdoms of man, as dead to him.

Since he is dead to the world, there is nothing in the world that has or stimulates the apostle: nothing draws his affections or attention.

His boasting is not about anything he has done but about an event that occurred by the hand of God.  His message is that God has worked a marvel in his life to change him and his values; it was done through the death of Christ on the cross on his behalf.

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Why Is It Important To Believe That God Lives Forever? Psalm 102:27

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What does it mean that God lives forever and how is it important to me that He does?

"But you remain the same, and your years will never end." Psalm 102:27.

Who is this one we call God? He is the All-mighty, the Creator, the Lord Of All, He is the All-powerful-one, He is the one who saw us from the beginning of time and loved us.  He is God whom we can call on with confidence.

Something that remains is the thing that is left when all other things are taken away. If you took away all that was unimportant and all that was temporary you would be left with God.

God does not change. He must remain the same or else the hope of mankind for eternal redemption is lost.  If God could change then Satin, His enemy, would be able to win and evil would triumph. If God changed then what is righteous and good today might be wicked tomorrow. His love for us today may be vindictive tomorrow.

If God was to change there would be a supposition that He may intentionally or inadvertently change His mind about his love for us. If God was to change perhaps His love for us, if it remains though such a change, might be different and not gracious. But God does not change so His love for us will endure eternally.

Notice the scripture quoted above does not say days but years the longest measure of the celestial planet we live on. As creator of time God is outside of time and He is not bound by it.  He is eternal so there is no gradual slow change no maturing or decaying.

It is a great comfort that God does not change because we can count on Him to be the same loving God who sent His one and only Son to pay for our sins with his own death and blood. To think that God does not change from year to year or day to day reassures us that his love and grace toward us is the same, therefore we can always trust in God.

It is a comfort that God lives forever because if He did not then how could He give eternal life if He himself does not have it? Any type of salvation doctrine must begin with an all-powerful and eternal God.

This world will pass away but God will not and when we respond to His love and come to Him through the Gospel of His Christ then we are in Him who will live forever, therefore we can be assured of our own eternal life.

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