Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
My wife is too good for her own good and gets cornered at shops. At home she passes me a glass of fruit juice, I take a sip and and suffer the consequences of the preservatives. It wasn't just juice. There were other poisons in the bottle.
We must ask what poisons do we swallow when we take Jesus? To sift out the poison we need to focus on "Just Jesus", the most popular figure ever on earth. Just after the Beatles pronounced themselves to be more popular than Jesus they disband and the “Jesus Movement” broke out. In the “Jesus Movement” millions, around the world renounced the values & practices of society and model themselves on the character and principles of Jesus.
There is a difference between churches which openly & consistently focus on the name, person and character of Jesus and those who don’t. The true church proclaims the “name which is above every name” (Philippians 2:9) or degenerate into religion. For faith to be true it must focus on one man, Jesus Christ, Son of Man and Son of God. His name becomes a stumbling block for many.
"For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone." (1Peter 2:6,7)
However there is a promise to those who love His name.
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32)
Paul is so convinced of the ultimate importance of Jesus that he says:
“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:7-11)
WHAT DID HE DO AND WHAT WAS HE LIKE?
1) Jesus always gave himself away. He laid aside his power & glory. He deferred to the Father. He served humanity. In the end He said , “This is my body broken for you”.
“ ...Jesus, ... 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.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus could see the great reward of the Kingdom returned to His Father SO he could make the ultimate sacrifice. When we foresee the promised Kingdom of God, we will also start to make sacrifices.
2) He was without sin and hence had an unhindered relationship with the Father - until the sin of the world was placed upon Him and he shouted out “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
The good news is that we are not called to be our own righteousness. Jesus gives us His righteousness & the Spirit purifies us as we co-operate. Healing & growth results.
3) The Word of God is living and powerful in the life of Jesus. Paul tells us that we become new through the transformation of our minds with a work of the Spirit and the Word. (Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
4) Obedience is not just sinlessness - but following the Father. Jesus had a great desire to be obedient to the Father no matter what the cost. He says, “Father take this cup from me, but not my will .."
5) With Jesus, the Father gets the glory. John the Baptist did the same. He says, “he must increase and I must decrease.”
6) Love for the Father. “The world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me. Come now; let us leave." (John 14:31)
7) His love for humanity - “Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.” ( John 13:1)
Date Added: 2010-10-25
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