Saturday, September 26, 2009

Who do YOU say that JESUS is? part 1

What is the most popular question mankind has asked? Suppose you could ask God any question, what would it be? Well, to be blunt your questions are NOT as pertinent as God's questions to YOU!
Perhaps the greatest question ever posed out of the lips of Jesus Christ was in a private discussion with His disciples,
Mark 8:27-30
27Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" 28They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." 29"But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ." 30Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.
'It's all about who you know!' In the eternal scope of things, this statement couldn't be more accurate, in other words Jesus is CONCERNED whether His disciples really KNOW Him.
Well Peter's answer was right on the money, 'the Christ' by the way, this is not a last name. "The Christ' means 'the anointed one', the 'one' whom the scriptures predicted would come as a deliverer/conqueror, the Messiah! When someone is 'anointed' it means they have been given(clothed in) something in order to fulfill a task. A king is anointed with authority to fulfill his role, suddenly his words and his pen have incredible effects (sometimes life or death effects). A policeman has a badge which is a sort of anointing/empowering to fulfill his duty to 'protect and serve', yet his power is delegated, it's temporary. What makes Christ stand out among the rest is not just the mission He has, but the fact that He doesn't just have an 'anointing' but that He OWNS His anointing, His power is NOT temporary!
So what does He use His power for?
John 5
21For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
So we see, that Jesus has the power to give eternal life and to judge, He is the ONLY one truly deserving of 'honor' because He is 'the Christ'! Yet what's so great about that? Well in order to see the greatness/glory of His power, we need to see how else He used His power:
John 10
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father."
Praise the Lord! Did you miss the 'good news', well the good news is that although the Creator is a great and mighty King who deserves total obedience and total adoration, which NONE have given Him, though He is such a King that needs absolutely nothing, though He is a King that is able to accurately and thoroughly judge and inevitably condemn everyone of us (because we have refused to submit to His kingship, choosing to rebel and go our own way), though He is a King that can do nothing but uphold His holiness, righteous and justice by punishing ALL sin, YET this King uses His power to take the place of the one's He condemns!!!! Jesus Christ willingly submitted to the wrath deserved by viciously vile, hell-deserving, God-hating monsters like YOU and ME! Don't kid yourself by a deluded self-image, it is God who makes absolutely clear that He died not for His 'friends' but for His 'enemies'
Roms 5:
8but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
This king has come to build a kingdom, and this kingdom has been bought with His blood! This kingdom consists of those who no longer desire to live in rebellion, but who desire to lovingly obey their King. This kingdom consists not of 'subjects' but of CHILDREN, the process is not one of 'employment' but one of ADOPTION. This is NO Cinderella story, their are no outcast step-kids in the kingdom of God, rather what may be the greatest MYSTERY of eternity is that each child of God will share in the perfect love and intimacy of the trinity. The anointed one has anointed (clothed/drenched) us (true believers) in PERFECT love!!!

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