The Response: Homework with Jesus

Looking at Jesus, part 5 of 5. What is our response to Jesus?

1. Look for Jesus in the Bible

The entire Bible points to Jesus and it is in context to him that we understand the entire story of God redeeming his creation and find our place in this grand narrative. So read the bible and apply it to your life in fellowship with other believers as you grow in relationship with God through Jesus the Christ. See Luke 24:27 ESV and John 14:23–24 ESV

2. Pray in the name of Jesus

We pray in the name of Jesus. it is in the power and authority of his name that we can pray to God the Father and have confidence that God will hear and answer our prayers. See John 14:13–14 ESV and John 15:16 ESV

3. Call on the name of Jesus

When you are in trouble and need you can call on the name of Jesus. These are so many times in my life where I have called on his name and he has come to my rescue. See Philippians 2:9–11 ESV

4. Think about who Jesus is

Turn your thoughts towards Jesus. Studies like this one can help you but also just taking time to think about what you have read in the Bible and who Jesus is will be really beneficial. Take time to listen to your Pastors when they preach and then go away and think about what you have heard.

If you are battling with negative, unproductive thoughts, stop and think about God and his Word. See Hebrews 12:2 ESV and Hebrews 3:1–2 ESV

5. Praise Jesus

It is in the name of Jesus that we sing praises to God, don’t just wait till you get to Church, praise the name of Jesus today. See Ephesians 5:18–21 ESV

This is the final post in the series. If you want to see the message these posts were based on you can see it below.

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The Call: What does Jesus ask of us

Looking at Jesus, part 4 of 5. What is Jesus’ call for us as his followers?

1. Reign as Kings

Jesus has called us as his people to take up the place he has won for us in the spiritual realm. He has called us to walk as royalty, endowed with true worth and value from him. He has called us to walk in the authority he has inherited and given to us. He does not want us to walk in self-hate and loathing but as adopted royal servants in his kingdom. I came up with the term Humble Majesty to help us understand that although we are to reign as Kings we should do so in a spirit of humility. See Ephesians 2:6 ESV and 1 Peter 2:9 ESV

2. Serve as Slaves

Jesus has called us to service. He has called us to serve as slaves rather than hired hands. This can be difficult imagery to swallow especially for those of us whose recent ancestors were victims of the abhorrent transatlantic slave trade but the fact is our lives and behaviour are enslaved to either sin or God.

In the ancient word Slavery could work out really well for the poor when the master was good, the slave would be covered, provided for and protected and have a productive purpose in their life. Many times salves became a part of the household like family too.

We were bought with a price, the blood of Christ. We do not belong to ourselves but belong to God and should freely serve him and his purposes in joy. See Galatians 5:13 ESV and 1 Peter 4:10 ESV

3. Love as Brothers

Jesus has called us to love one another. Jesus said that this is how people would know were were his Disciples, by our love for one another. Love is a word that has been abused in recent times so I want to make the point that God’s love is never separated from his holiness. We are called to holy-love. See 1 John 3:14 ESV

4. Preach as Ambassadors

Jesus has called us to be representatives of him and his kingdom in the Earth and to proclaim the message of the Kingdom which is the Gospel. See 2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV and John 3:16 ESV

5. Live as Children

Jesus has called us to live with the right perspective and attitude, to live humble lives driven by childlike faith in God and his Word. See Matthew 18:4 ESV

The Reign: What is Jesus doing

Looking at Jesus, part 3 of 5. What is Jesus doing today as he reign’s from his throne in Heaven?

1. Making our case heard

Jesus is right now making our case heard in the courts of Heaven. He stands as our High Priest as a mediator between us and God but he is also our Advocate, making a legal case for our good against the accusations of the enemy and the demands of God’s Holy law which he fulfilled in his life and paid for on the cross. see Romans 8:34 ESV and Hebrews 7:26 ESV

2. Commanding Heavens Armies

Jesus is the great champion of Heaven and the Saviour of Earth. He alone has the authority to command the armies of Heaven to go to war with the forces of the enemy for the sake of mankind and God’s good creation. see Revelation 5:11–13 ESV

3. Expanding his Kingdom

Jesus is right now expanding his kingdom through the spread of the Gospel and the growth of the church to the ends of the earth. see Matthew 28:16–20 ESV

4. Defeating the Enemy

As his kingdom spreads, the enemy’s kingdom of darkness and sin diminishes. He has given the believers as his representatives, authority over all the power of the enemy. see Luke 10:18–19 ESV

5. Changing his People

Jesus is actively changing his people. We are adopted as God’s own children. When we put our faith in him, God the Holy Spirit helps us to grow and become more like Jesus as we listen to his word, and serve in fellowship with other believers. see John 1:12–13 ESV

 

The Mission: What has Jesus done

Looking at Jesus, part 2 of 5. What work did Jesus accomplish in his mission to Earth?

1. The Righteous Life

One of the mission objectives Jesus accomplished was that he lived a perfect life. He lived the life none of us could ever live. As the bible says in Romans 5:19 ESV his righteous life is given to us. That means God sees our lives as the perfect life of Christ when we put our faith in him. Also see Hebrews 4:15 ESV

2. The Cross

The most well-known mission that Jesus accomplished while on the earth was in the suffering he endured leading up to on and on the cross. Jesus suffered and died in our place on the cross so that we would be able to live in the same place as God forever through our belief, repentance and allegiance to him. See John 19:1–3 ESV and John 19:30 ESV

3. The Resurrection

Jesus rose from the dead. The mission would not have been completed without this. He defeated death and opened the way for us to rise from death and enter into the joy of God’s presence forever. Through Jesus, we have access to the newness of life that comes from the resurrection when the curse brought by Adam and Eve’s sin began to reverse. See Matthew 28:5–8 ESV and Romans 8:11 ESV

4. The Ascension

Jesus Ascended into heaven, he did not die again. He will come back in the same way he left so all those claiming Jesus has already returned in some form or other are either mistaken or deliberately deceiving the people. See Acts 1:11 ESV

5. The Enthronement

And finally, Jesus was enthroned as the God-Man. One like us is on the throne ruling over heaven and earth. He has the authority and has won the victory so we can stand on his word, person and work and pray to God in his name. See Ephesians 1:20–21 ESV

The Person: Who is Jesus

This is the first of five posts from the Message I delivered on Sunday 11th February 2018 about Jesus.

When we consider Jesus the person, here are 12 things to consider about him among the many we could list.

1. The Supreme

Jesus is the Supreme one above all Creation including the powerful Angelic spirit’s God created. See Hebrews 1:1–14

2. The Word

Jesus is God. At the same time, he was with God. This is where we get the doctrine of the Trinity, that God is One, with three distinct persons, Father, Son (The Word) and Spirit. Jesus is the one who Created everything. The Word was not created but is the creator of all. See John 1:1–5

3. God-Man

Jesus was both 100% Man and 100% God. This mystical union happened through the miracle of his incarnation and the virgin birth through which the Word became flesh. See John 1:14 ESV

4. The Messiah

Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah, the Anointed One, The Christ. The Prophets had foretold his coming for hundreds of years. We are not still waiting for the Messiah, he came 2000 years ago in the person of Jesus the Christ. See Matthew 16:15–16 ESV

5. The Servant

Jesus came as a Servant. He was the Suffering Servant that had been written about by the Prophets of Ancient Israel like Isiah. He came to serve all those in need and show us what it means to be a servant in God’s Kingdom. The greatest service he did was to die for our sins. See Mark 10:45 ESV

6. The King

Jesus is King. God has made the incarnate Son of God who has risen from the dead the undisputed King of Heaven and Earth. See Philippians 2:9–11 ESV and Revelation 19:16 ESV

7. The Fulfiller

Jesus fulfilled the prophecies concerning his first coming and fulfilled the law by living in perfect holiness and expounding on the law to reveal it’s heart and objective. See Matthew 5:17 ESV and Luke 4:21 ESV

8. The Lamb of God

Jesus is the Lamb of God. He is the fulfilment of the Temple and Sacrificial system. He paid the price for our Sin when he died on the Cross. See John 1:29 ESV

9. The Shepherd

Jesus is not just the Lamb, he is also our good shepherd, who laid down his life for us. He cares for us as his sheep and so guides and corrects us. See John 10:11 ESV

10. The Saviour

Jesus didn’t just come to save a few people or a special group of People he came to save the World. Jesus is the Saviour for all those who believe regardless of their status in life, nation, tribe or tongue. See John 4:42 ESV

11. The Lord

Jesus is Lord. This goes hand in hand with Jesus being the saviour. He is Lord of all and in particular, he is Lord over the lives of his disciples. See Acts 2:36 ESV and Romans 10:9 ESV

12. The Answer

Jesus is the answer to our deepest human longings. He came as the answer to the biggest philosophical questions posed in the ancient world by Aristotle and others from the Greek Empire. He is the only way. His claim is completely exclusive. He is still the Answer to the biggest questions today. See John 14:6 ESV

Rudimentary

Yesterday I preached a very simple message in our evening service, it was about Jesus. That’s a little on the nose, I know. However, that is what I felt God had laid on my heart to share with our people. You can only fit so much into a 60 minute Sermon so it was by no means an exhaustive look at all that Jesus is.

I broke the message down into 5 sections, which has become a habit of mine whenever I preach or deliver a course from the Bible. The areas were as follows:

  1. The Person: Who is Jesus
  2. The Mission: What has Jesus done
  3. The Reign: What is Jesus doing
  4. The Call: What does Jesus ask of us
  5. The Response: Homework with Jesus

There was a lot to pack into one message but by God’s grace it flowed well and stayed within the time allotted. Many people shared with me afterwards that the message impacted them and we thanked God together.

Someone could say that this is all just theory and question whether I’ve got evidence or results regarding the things I affirm about Jesus. I want to make it clear here and now that this is no theory. Jesus is real and my relationship with him as one of his followers is real. The evidence of this reality is in my own life and the lives of those around me. We live before the face of God to bring him glory by using all he has given to us in the way his Spirit leads us to in Christ.

Put your faith in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Do not fear what man thinks or has to say. You will be ridiculed and mocked for your belief but that is ok. Believing in Jesus won’t make your rich in this life or a success in the eyes of man, but that is not what it is about, it is about a humble, grateful and truly fruitful relationship with God.

Over the next few days, I’m going to post a few blogs about some of the content of this rudimentary message about Jesus the Christ which I pray will be a source of encouragement and realignment for us all.

Refresh

I’ve just refreshed my blog with a new look and feel… check it out at placemakers.blog

This got me thinking about refreshing things in general. It’s always good to review where we are and what we are doing and then asking the question is this the best, most fulfilling and God glorifying way to do this?

Be bold and brave, step out in faith and change things up. God is there to catch you if you fall… don’t just drift along to the humdrum of a life that is only a means to an end… which is itself never reached… instead live life to the full before the face of God.

What can you refresh, rearrange, revamp and reignite today. Take some time to think and pay about it and then do it.

Consider the words of the Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost in Acts 3:19–21

19Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,

20that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,

21whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago.

You can start again, you can repent, follow Jesus and live the abundant life he intended you to live. A life that passionately loves God above all else.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.  – The words of Jesus the Christ recorded in John 10:10