Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The One and Only
by Erik Momsen
Preachers joke when asked, "What they are you going to preach about?", answering, "Jesus." It is no joke. We preach about many things. Sin, the Church, giving, generosity and servanthood. We preach more about ourselves than about Jesus. Big mistake, since in so doing we implement a self-help scheme. We identify the problem in ourselves but don't look to Jesus as the solution. Preachers become motivational speakers without giving the words of life which come from Jesus.
WHY FOCUS ON JESUS?
If not - we are only practicing a philosophy / a religion - we have no life. "In Him was life, and that life was the light of men." (John. 1:4)
If not - we are only diagnosing the illness without prescribing the cure.
If not - we will sink. "When he saw the wind he was afraid and beginning to sink he cried out." (Matthew 14:30)
WHY JESUS AS THE ONE & ONLY?
JESUS - TRUE WORSHIP
"You ... worship what you do not know." (John 4:21)
The words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman are true of every person until He show us the Father. We have an intuition about spiritual things and can derive spiritual theories, but Jesus offers "spirit and truth." True worship requires a correct understanding of Jesus and His Spirit to give it life. There is only one way to the Father.
JESUS KNOWS THE FATHER PERSONALLY
"If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well ... you know Him." (John 14:7)
Jesus came to show us the Father - not practical life helps. In my faith walk I found it easier to conceptualize Jesus as teacher, healer, friend, brother and later on saviour of my soul and son of God the Father.
JESUS KNOWS THE FATHER'S WORDS
"The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing His work." (John 14:10)
Jesus brought the compassion and love of the Father whereas before we might only have understood His justice.
JESUS FORGIVES SIN
"Why does this fellow talk like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (Mark 2:7)
Probably the biggest mistake Jesus made in the eyes of the religious was to claim to forgive sins. If Jesus walked on earth today his greatest 'mistake' might be the pointing out of sin.
We seldom realize how desperately we need forgiveness. We sin, guilt and pain sets in, we suppress the feelings, and then we become hard or defeated. If we would but meet Jesus again - in spirit and truth - He would forgive and dissolve the guilt, pain, defeat and hardness. We would be free.
JESUS MAKES FOLLOWERS
We will never graduate from Disciples School. We will follow all our days. Jesus doesn't train and send away. All Jesus' training is on the job - He shows you every step of the way. There are no professional Christians, preachers, worship leaders, healers. The words on every disciple's lips at every step is "WHAT NOW JESUS?"
JESUS GIVES LIFE
"Through Him all things were made; ... In Him was life, and that life was the light of men." (John 1:3,4)
All teachers and gurus talk about life. Jesus gives it. We who have been given life keep returning to the source. This relationship must be constantly kindled because we still have a battle of life and death raging in our bodies. Our flesh, which is still unredeemed - still unresurrected - will seek to destroy our souls and drag it back to it's pre-saved condition. The only way to stay alive is to keep returning to the giver of life. Talk to Him, spend time with Him and obey Him.
"What would people say if they knew I was a Jesus freak?" (from a song).
It is all or nothing. An undercover relationship with Jesus is very difficult and painful. It is like an undercover courtship. How far can I go? How far do I want to go? I want the intimacy but I'm not sure of the commitment. I want the excitement but not the sacrifice. This only leads to confusion and trouble. Your heart cries for the Living God but your lifestyle excludes Him. People need to know that you are covenanted, committed, married to Jesus. You need to nail your colours to the cross.
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Romans 12:3)
- fix your eyes --- take the shame --- endure the pain --- wait for glory
Date Added: 2010-10-12
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