Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Please meet Jesus
by Erik Momsen
As you walked into church last Sunday you entered a community building, with chairs, music equipment, catering facilities, some decor and a crowd of faces raging from 6 weeks old to ninety odd. Did you meet Jesus?
Church can be many things, but the one thing it must be is a place where people meet Jesus. The most intense and momentous meeting of all time is your meeting with Jesus. Have you met Him before and did you bump into Him this morning?
I want to impress upon you the importance of this meeting. I want to get in your face about it because Jesus is always in my face about me. He challenges me about what I think, say, do, and don't do. He gives me a push when I've been thinking about some project for His kingdom and just can't find the courage to do it. He confronts me with the truth about sin and its consequences. He comforts me and gives me hope and energy when I cannot go on.
"ALL OTHER GROUND IS SHIFTING SAND"
Some old Hymn says "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is shifting sand". Everything else changes and is proven false or at least fallible.
In my thirty four years of being a follower of Jesus He has never changed. His words are always true and He is always there. Jesus said: "Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who build his house upon the rock." (Matthew 7:24)
I know that wisdom is so important. You can be gifted, talented, lucky, strong and forceful, but nothing wins in the long run like wisdom. Solomon knew that the talent for ruling was that of wisdom. The ability and insight to make correct decisions that will bear fruit in times to come. This wisdom comes from the mouth of Jesus. Those "who hear these words of mine and put them into practice" are wise. Those who set their eyes on Jesus and His words will not be put to shame. Paul quotes Isaiah: "See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame." (Romans 9:33)
DEAD WORDS FROM A DEAD MAN?
As all other ground (things we depend upon) is shifting sands, so all other words are dead words. They have a form of life but are not life.
Peter recognises this and says: "Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." (John 6:68)
THE DEAD MAN WHO GIVES LIFE
Peter's words about eternal life came in response to many followers leaving Jesus. He had started to teach about his own death and that life in Him would replace the old worship of Israel. Jesus says: "This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever." (John 6:58)
He in us and us in Him is the only life that is sustained. All other life in temporary.
THE ONE WHO WOULD BRING US PEACE
It is easy to see the anger, coldness and hardness in people. Humanity commits crime out of a heart of desperation, passionate anger or stone coldness. What can change - from anger to peace - from coldness and hardness to love.
Some of the last words of Jesus (on earth) are: "Peace be with you" - "Peace be with you." (John 20:19,21)
These were not just words. He breathed His Spirit into them. He has the power to change personalities and characters. He can replace anger, frustration and coldness.
This is what millions of people around the world need. They need a change of heart - change of personality and character. Our cities would be safer and at peace. We could build and become prosperous. We could feed, cloth and house everyone.
Our prosperity is completely dependent upon the peace in our heart and upon our hands.
"Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves."
Date Added: 2008-08-12
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