Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
What Child is this?
by Erik Momsen
You have to look past the fat man in a red suit, the reindeer, the elves, the trees, the bells, the balls and all the other trash. You have to look into the crib and serious ask who is this person who the world throws the biggest party for? Strange though how the world spend more money on this one day than any other day and yet in most media you cannot use the name of the person who's celebration it is --- JESUS.
We seldom understand what a “mad world” we live in. We are duped into thinking this is normal. In response to the song “Mad World” by Tears for Fears some sad person wrote:
“the song is kinda sad i dont really get the true meaning but i think it is everything u do in life is meaningless because in the end u die and all u do go 2 waste so dying is the best thing cause u end the monotony and drudgery and sadness of life”.
All too often we cover the monotony, drudgery and sadness with shopping, alcohol, drugs, sex and rock & roll.
WHO IS THE CHILD WHO PURPORTS TO BE THE “LIGHT OF THE WORLD”? (John 5:16-30)
v.16-18 Because Jesus was healing on the Sabbath they persecuted Him. His response was that He and the Father never stopped working – to bring healing ( salvation) to humanity. The Jews saw right through His claims of being equal to the Father.
v.19 The Father and Son are on the same mission.
v.20 The Love of the Father for the Son is paramount and they share all things.
v.21 God gives life to all things – likewise the Son, Jesus, does the same – we forget that we do not have life in ourselves – we hang by a thread. More than that the Son gives eternal life – very long and in great depth of joy and healing.
v. 22 The Father has handed the task of Supreme Judge to the Son. Now, don't immediately think condemner! The aim is that all will know that Jesus is due the same honour as the Father.
GETTING TO KNOW THE KING WHO WAS BORN A SQUATTER
We have a hunch that we will have to stand, on our own – mano a mano (hand to hand) – before the King of Kings, the Supreme Judge. He will know better than I, my everything thought and action. I have a sense that when every lie is wiped away, and the pure light of truth shine, I will judge myself.
Thank God that I will not be condemned by my thoughts and actions but will be assessed according to the words in John 5:24 - “I tell you the truth that whoever hears my words and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
The Judge, who stands at the door of time is the same who stands before me every day. He is the one who tells me I have already crossed over from death to life. He encourages me to keep the faith, hope and love of someone who has already crossed over.
I must face this Jesus, central personality in history, and come to terms with Him. He asks, “Who am I and will you follow me?”
There is no life outside the Father and His Son. We are like fish on dry land. We flap around and gasp. We are dying because of lack of love, faith and hope. Just think on this day. What is the greatest loss you can endure? It is the loss of love – from people and God. You lose the one and so too the other. When we rediscover the love God has for us though His Son then life has meaning again and we have hope to continue.
“MAD WORLD” by TEARS-FOR-FEARS
All around me are familiar faces / Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races / Goin' nowhere, goin' nowhere
Their tears are fillin' up their glasses / No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow / No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny / I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I'm dyin' / Are the best I've ever had
I find it hard to tell you / 'Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles / It's a very, very
Mad world, mad world / Mad world, mad world
Children waitin' for the day they feel good / Happy birthday, happy ...
Made to feel the way that every child should / Sits and listen, x2
Went to school and I was very nervous / No one knew me x2
Hello teacher tell me what's my lesson? / Look right through me, x2
Date Added: 2011-12-27
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