As we look at the different responses to the gift of Jesus Christ, people do different things for different reasons. Consumer Reports found that 39% of people when they receive a lousy gift don’t even bother taking it back but instead put it:
Out of Sight, Out of Mind—Let’s jump to the Gospel of John. John always takes a more theological look at the gift of Jesus. In the opening verses of the book he starts describing how God became human: (John 1:2-5,9-10) 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
One of the groups that failed to recognize Jesus, that wanted him out of sight and out of mind were the Romans. The famous interchange between Jesus and the Roman military leader Pontius Pilate helps illustrate. Fast forward to the end of Jesus life when he stands before Pontius Pilate, the concern for Pilate isn’t truth, he famously asked, “What is truth?” It wasn’t revelation or prophecy, he ignored his wife’s plea to not condemn the innocent man after she had a dream. His concern was more gut-level, more practical, and more political. He simply wanted to keep the peace. The solider stationed in Palestine deal with violence, found rebellion common and dirty with mass crucifixions trying to regain the peace and to keep control. Roman hated an outburst. Jesus rocked Richter scale and they wanted control. Continue reading “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”
Earbuds blaring, makes it hard for actually hearing the words that come from your mouth .
Going through the motion, 1 foot in front of the other while our hearts seem to be for another .
Who is your conductor, for whom do you lift your voice and where you find your rest?
Constantly we are tempted by the sirens offering comfort which in turn becomes our soma, nothing more than an ongoing coma. My Lord and my God some mock others marvel, mesmerized by a mission that goes beyond each moment.
Lord wake me up from the silence, playing a mime is just a waste of my time , flailing around without changing the times.
How easily we lose sight this whole planet doesn’t revolve around us but that doesn’t stop us from the fight to devise it…
Before you blow your final trumpet let us be found making more disciples, dying like a seed in the garden trying to produce an abundant harvest.
Finally a plan with a greater purpose that exceeds all my contrivance. The final restoration not postponed in your slowness but we saw patience purchased at a price of the Prince of Peace, when it was now if never you responded.
Part of what this sermon series, “DON’T ASK ME THAT!” assumes is that you are having conversations with the people you love and care about who don’t yet know Christ—and yet at the end of the day each of us have to be clear about our answer to the identity of Christ and our identity which stems from Christ.
RESPONSE– Why should your friends or family trust that Jesus is exactly who he says he is and isn’t just some crazy lunatic who has delusions of grandeur? The Bible gives numerous reasons, besides the change that occurred in the life of Jesus’ family, disciples, and even enemies, let’s look at a few of the lesser talked about reasons: First from Mark 15:43-46– 43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. 45 When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. 46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb. Continue reading “Don’t Ask Me That: Response”
Hopefully, you start to see how the fullness of the church’s potential starts to becomes a reality as we live life together. United by corporate worship, we grow closer in C-Community, P-Progress, and finally we have a chance to…
R-Respond (1 Peter 4:10-11) Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. What a remarkable response, as we grow we get to share the very words of God, serve with the very strength of God—we are able to do more being used by God than we could ever do simply by ourselves. We have a response that goes beyond our resources! Throughout Jesus ministry he called his followers to action—I wonder if he had in mind the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea—both a part of the regions landscape—as they names imply, both are quite different—the Sea of Galilee is blue and lively. The surrounding area is green and vibrant. The Dead Sea also known as the Killer Sea is 9 times saltier than the ocean—nothing lives in there. Here is what’s noteworthy, both seas receive water from the same river, but only the Sea of Galilee has an outlet, where the Dead Sea is a dead end. Growth isn’t simply a matter of inputs; it is a question of having an output! Continue reading “Spiritual CPR-RESPONSE”