Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
The Meat is on the Street
by Erik Momsen
It is a fact that in all parts of the world except Europe and North America the church is growing faster than ever before. Close to 40% of humanity belong to the church, but it is blatantly true that we still seem to be losing the battle against sin and destruction. African Christianity is said to be a mile wide but only an inch thick. Is our problem not perhaps that we have too closely associated church with the building? Our spiritual life is so linked with the building that it cannot get out into the streets where it belongs. Anyone who has read the New Testament will know that the church started in the street and had its roots in the temple. The church was blown out of the upper room into the street where the first service saw over 3000 people saved. At this point in time it is as if the church is praying that the harvest (which according to Jesus is always ready) will either harvest itself and come into the storehouse, or will be blown in by a mighty wind. The harvesters are afraid of the harvest.
Part of our problem is that we only see our task as saving souls. Jesus spoke more about establishing a kingdom (His rule and reign among men). He often spoke about "all things" being placed under Himself.
"PANTA" root "PAS" = all, the whole, everywhere, always at all times.
John 1:3 - "Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made."
Matthew 11:27 - "All things have been committed to me by my Father."
Matthew 19:28 - "Jesus said to them, 'I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.'"
John 13:3 - "Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God;"
Acts 7:50 - "Has not my hand made all these things?"
Ephesians 1:10 - "To be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment -- to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ."
- IS IT POSSIBLE THAT JESUS WANTS "ALL THINGS" UNDER HIS FEET AND THAT THIS STARTED AT THE CROSS?
- IS IT POSSIBLE THAT "ALL THINGS" COULD MEAN "ALL THINGS"?
- GOVERNMENT, EDUCATION, BUSINESS, HOMES???
WHERE'S THE CHURCH IN ALL THIS?
Jesus may have all things under His feet, but where are His feet? We are his feet, hands, back etc. We are the church His body. If Jesus wants His feet on everything then it means He wants his church over everything.
Ephesians 1:22,23 - "And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way."
- The church is the fullness of Jesus - who fills everything - It follows that the church must fill everything.
This is how Eugene Peterson translates Ephesians 1:21-23:
"(Christ) in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule. And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church. The church is Christ's body, in which he speaks and acts, by which he fills everything with his presence."
"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." - Luke 19:10
The story of the salvation of Zacchaeus takes place in the street, to a funny little man nearly everyone hated. Jesus reaches past the fact that he is rich and unpopular and saves him, his household and his business, and even secures accommodation for Himself and the disciples. The crowd didn't mind if a blind man got saved, but not a rich thief. Jesus closes the street encounter with Zacchaeus with the words "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10). This has the same meaning as "ALL THINGS". "WHAT" was lost was what had been lost in Eden. Lost of relationship with God, with each other and loss of ability to have dominion (rulership) over the world. God's people were to rule over government, education, business, homes - "ALL THINGS".
Jesus then tells the parable of the three servants and the money. Those who put it to good use inherited cities but the one who lived in fear and laziness (Matt 25:26) lost even what he had.
The call before us is to take the church to the streets, government, education, business and homes. The church is where two or more are gathered in His name. We need to publicly state Jesus' plan -- "to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ." (Ephesians 1:10)
- Imagine Jesus publicly declared and served as Lord of each business, school, municipality, hospital. These are signs of the kingdom coming that Jesus prayed for in "The Lord's Prayer".
Date Added: 2011-08-25
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