Monday, October 08, 2007

Meekness and Majesty

An excerpt from my last message at church... (Sorry no MP3 files this time.)

Sometimes we forget that Jesus didn’t look like somebody special. He didn’t stand out from others physically. Actually, according to Is. 53:2 He may have looked worse:

"...he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him."

In John 8:52, that normal, average-looking guy said some shocking words to those who were listening, “If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.”

Could you imagine some average guy in blue jeans coming up to you and saying these words?

Hey, uh, John. If anyone keeps and follows my words, he will never taste death.

Jesus was doing amazing miracles of healing but clearly people thought that he was just a man, maybe a prophet like Elijah.

He said these words and people’s jaws dropped open. What are you saying?!

In John 8:53 the people said - “Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?”

Jesus answered, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. But the Jews therefore said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.”

Jesus was saying, “I am not just a prophet, I AM GOD over all!

“Oh, cool – Thanks for telling us Jesus! Can we sing some worship songs now!” Is that what they said? No!

“Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself and went out of the temple.” They were ready to kill Jesus for calling Himself God.

We don’t like when people try to make themselves out to be great.

But because Jesus is God – there is no more righteous thing He could do than to tell people the truth, and the best news they could ever hear – I am your God!

By his death and resurrection, He gives eternal life for those who put their trust in Him as the Majestic King over their lives and those who keep His word will never taste death.

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