Jesus: The Man and His Mission Part 2 by Pastor Don Moore and photos of the empty tomb

Friday, July 06, 2007

Jesus: The Man and His Mission Part 2 by Pastor Don

How do we get born again?

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

We are born of God, and this is available to AS MANY AS RECEIVED HIM, and those who receive Him become Children of God. Being a Child of God is not inherited (Heather’s note: God has no grandkids – all who come to Him must choose to come to Him.) God permits us to become His children. God’s only qualification is to look into our hearts and say, “I receive you.” God in His wisdom can see far enough into the future to see our failures and successes. He knows us.

He knew us before we were born. He knew who would reject Him. Yet God is fair, and He lets the rejection be played out – lets us make the choice. It is like going to a basketball game of a team that never loses who is playing the worst team of the league – you know that the stronger team will win, but you still let the game be played out.

Because God permits evil to exist here on earth, it lets us recognize the good much better. It gives us wisdom, and lets us choose the place where we need to be. (Heather’s note, sort of like the field with the wheat and the tares – they both grow up together, but only one produces fruit. Pastor Don once talked about strength training – that we build our spiritual muscles by resisting evil.)

Some people go to churches where they are not challenged, but we need someone to come alongside us to help us grow up, to rub against us in ways that challenge us to learn the art of graciousness and forgiveness, to teach us the truth, even when the truth hurts.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

The word “glory” is difficult to define. The concordance talks about a heaviness of God. Whenever God showed up with His Glory, people fell down. An example is when Solomon dedicated the Temple, and the priests fell down and could not get up. There is a weightiness to God’s Glory. You cannot separate the Glory of God from the Grace and Power of God. God is full of Grace and Truth. And the Word became flesh. Through Jesus we saw God’s glory, power, grace, ability, and presence. Somehow today we get the idea that God will show up without His Glory, Grace, Truth, Ability, and Power. Jesus can’t do that, He cannot be separated from these, and He loves us. Jesus’ Glory is His Grace, Power, Ability, and Power. The people missed it. The Glory of the Lord fell when everyone in the upper room was in one accord, and everyone was happy.

The Word (Logos) had the same Glory, as God has, the same Glory as was manifested in Jesus of Nazareth, and the same Glory that Jesus has when He was risen and goes back to the Glory at the right Hand of the Father.  When people saw Jesus of Nazareth (the Word made flesh) they beheld the Glory.

Now Jesus is with the Lord (ascended to Heaven) as before. John, in Revelation, beheld Jesus (the Lamb) and could not look at Him. John fell at Jesus’ feet when he beheld the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords shining so brightly that when the New Heaven and the New Earth comes, we will not need a sun – for Jesus and God will provide the light.

Most people view Jesus as Jesus the meek and lowly. Yes He was meek, humble,  but He also wielded incredible power. When He told the soldiers who came to arrest Him, “I Am He,” they fell down, they could not stand. Jesus was full of Grace, Power, Might and yet was humble.

His Mission

The Image of God as God revealed Himself to us as Jesus, with a strong, dynamic personality. We cannot reduce Jesus to just meek and humble, He also was strong and had power and might.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Immanuel means, God WITH us. The Son of God, born as GOD WITH US, the Word made flesh is with us.

Isaiah 7:15-16 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.

Jesus will learn as a child the difference between good and evil, ethics and morality. Pastor Don reminded us that, as a baby, Jesus wet His diaper, cried, and had to learn as He grew toward His mission. Yet in all things He chose the good. He worked alongside Joseph as a carpenter, helped His mother, etc. He was fully human/fully divine.

What Was His Mission?

Isaiah 53:1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

Not everyone has the revelation of the Word made Flesh. Pastor Don asked us who the world thinks Jesus is. Some say He is a prophet, a good teacher, a nice person, a good man. Many think that Jesus is in the same category as Buddha and Muhammad, one of many gods. Not everyone realizes He is the Savior of the World, the Way, the Truth, the Life.

Isaiah 53:2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.  The pictures of Jesus that are put out today with the flowing hair and beautiful face are not the way Jesus looked. There was no beauty that we should desire Him. He was the LOGOS, THE WORD MADE FLESH. Don’t fall for charisma.

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. When people looked at Jesus, they did not see a movie star. He did not outwardly look like a king – much like David did not look like kingly material but King Saul had the outward appearance of a king – but not the inner requirements of kingship. People did not esteem Jesus.

Isaiah 53:4  Surely He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God and afflicted.

So many say the Jews killed Jesus, or the Romans killed Jesus, but it was we who killed Him because He willingly laid down His life for our sins.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisements for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Notice it is OUR transgressions, OUR iniquities, chastisements for OUR peace. And by His stripes WE are healed.

Isaiah 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. ALL, not some, not a few, but US ALL.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted; yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.

So often we say we want to be like Christ, but not like Christ in this verse. When we get accused falsely, or hurt by someone we do not want to silently take it. We want to get back at the person who hurt us, but to be like Christ we need to keep our mouth shut.

Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people He was stricken. No one spoke up for him, Peter denied Him. Do we speak up for Him today?

Isaiah 53:9 And they made His grave with the wicked–But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Joseph of Arimathea provided the garden tomb for Jesus, a rich man’s tomb, for it had a garden. We saw that there were deep wells in the garden area so that the plants would grow. It was not a poor person’s grave. Yet he died between two thieves on the cross. Below are a few pictures from our Israel trip of the Garden tomb.

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You can see the plants around the tomb, this was a garden. Our guide showed us the wells that collected the water to keep the plants alive.

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Here we were waiting to enter the tomb.

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The tomb is empty!!!!

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed. He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. Jesus died for us. He knew this plan when He was the Word (Logos). When we sin, we grieve Jesus. For that reason, we try to live lives without sin, for our sins grieve Him. He died for them on the cross.

We finished up by reading Isaiah 53:11-12 together Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death. And He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

What was Jesus’ mission? He was the Man, the Word of God. His mission was to take sin off the planet, and to eternally deposit it into the sea of forgetfulness, as far as the east is from the west. Jesus put on a man suit, and went to the cross for our sins. His mission didn’t stop at the cross. He continues to grieve because we continue to sin and destroy the Covenant. At the Day of the Lord, sin will be put to an end.

Jesus’ mission is to take sin from the Earth, to give forgiveness to those who receive Him into their lives.

Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD and the day of vengence of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.

Jesus’ Glory is all of the above and more, and as God’s Children, we are part of that glory. He is proud of each and everyone of us. His love is special for us. Look for Jesus in everything we do. Jesus completed His purpose, and as many as receive Him are the Children of God.

Have a blessed night,

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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