Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
It's all about Jesus
by Erik Momsen
One Friday a friend asked me, "What are you going to preach about?" I answered, "Jesus." He laughed, thinking I was making a joke. I was very serious. You see, preachers preach about many things. Sin, the Church, giving and generosity and servanthood. I realised that we preach more about ourselves than about Jesus. This is a big mistake because in so doing we are implementing 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 practising 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)
WHAT MAKES JESUS SPECIAL?
JESUS - TRUE WORSHIP
"You ... worship what you do not know." (John 4:21)
These words of Jesus to the Samaritan woman are also true of every human until Jesus show them the Father. Humans have an intuition about spiritual things and can derive spiritual theories, but what Jesus offers is "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 a set of practical life helps. In my personal walk of faith I found it easier to conceptualise Jesus as teacher, healer, friend, brother and later on saviour of my soul and son of God. He opens the way to 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 realise how desperately we need to be forgiven. We sin, guilt and pain sets in, we cover up and 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 other teachers, prophets and gurus talk about life. Jesus gives it.
It is important that 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?" (quote from a song).
We have to give all or nothing. That is not a threat, it is a reality. 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 mast. If they are nailed they cannot be removed.
"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: 2008-05-21
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