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John 007 – Jesus the Revolutionary Spy

I have never had to live with the knowledge that somebody was trying to kill me.  I can’t even imagine what that would be like, to know that if the wrong people found me in the wrong place they would kill me.  I don’t know how I could sleep.  Jesus has apparently been dealing with that reality since he healed the man at the pool of Bethesda.  So when it was time to go into the city for the festival Jesus sends his followers on without him.  He went on into the city, but apparently going without his entourage was a good enough disguise for him to be among the people without being noticed.

And what a great opportunity for Jesus to walk around listening to what all the people had to say about him.  He was on every tongue.  There were rumors about the miracles and signs he had performed.  There were rumors about how the Jewish leaders wanted him seized and killed.  And everybody had an opinion about who he was. For the first half of the festival he got to listen.

Then he speaks.  He addresses the crowd and tells them that some are trying to kill him because he healed a man on the Sabbath, and why not, since they circumcise on the Sabbath.  The crowd doesn’t know at this point that the Jewish leaders are trying to kill Jesus.  Jesus does a smart thing here.  When you make somebody’s accusation against you before they do, when they finally show up and accuse you all people will say is, “Yeah, he said you would say that.”  And then, he insults the crowd by telling them that he knows God but they don’t.  If you want to see this effect, simply stand up in any church and start telling people that every one of them are fools who don’t know God and don’t know anything about Scripture.  See how well it goes.

On the last day, Jesus makes a bold proclamation that those who will come to him will receive rivers of living water, a phrase used to describe the Spirit of God moving in them and among them.  He was convincing.  Many people believed from his speaking that he was a prophet, others believed him the Messiah, and even the Temple guards were so convinced that they refused to arrest him.

When Nicodemus stands up for Jesus and demands a hearing, we see why Nicodemus would only visit Jesus at night.  He is ridiculed for his mild support for Jesus and they throw racist, prejudiced taunts at him.  The religious and political elites could not believe that somebody from that side of the tracks could ever be a prophet, let alone a Messiah.  And anybody who thought they could can just go be one of them.

The entire chapter is full of tension. The entire city is on a knife’s edge ready to erupt into violence and its all because of the rumors about this man Jesus.  But nobody laid a hand on Jesus.  In this chapter we see that Jesus is not afraid of those who want to kill him.  In fact, he goes right into their midst and after he learns everything he needs to know he refutes them.  He defends himself.  He is a master of the crowds.  He has authority and influence over the Jewish leaders own Temple guards.  Jesus speaks with power and people are impressed and influenced.  They still don’t know what to do with Jesus, but this guy is a revolutionary.  Some want to worship him, others to follow him and some want to kill him.

When you really listen to what Jesus is saying…when you honestly consider who he is and what he did…you cannot ignore him.  He is the most influential and revolutionary personality in history.  The question for you is what will you do with him?  Ignoring him is not an option.  Will you believe?  Will you follow?

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in John

 

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John 6 – Why Do You Want Jesus?

Jesus gains a few thousand followers and John is quick to emphasize that they are following him because of the miraculous signs that he did. This will be key throughout this chapter. I have often wondered how frustrating following Jesus could have been when Jesus says some of the things he says to the apostles. Jesus looks at Philip and asks where they are going to buy food for everyone. He gives the logical response but Jesus wants to make sure they understand that their logic isn’t going to do much for them.

Andrew walks up with a kid and some food and says, “Look what I found!” and the kid gets to go home and say to his parents, “You’ll never guess what happened today!” After everyone has had their fill, Jesus cleans up after himself and has the Apostles pick up the leftovers. This sets the stage for the Twelve Tribes wandering through the wilderness, grumbling the entire way.

They want to make him king by force because someone who can heal the sick and feed everyone would be a great person to have as King when you have an overwhelming desire to overthrow Rome. They like the benefits of Jesus but they don’t really know yet what kind of king he really is. Jesus slips away and they find him again later after he’s walked on water. They are a bit confused as to how he got there but it doesn’t seem to come up. These events continue to shape the Apostles’ view of him.

The dialogue in v25 picks up their following him because of his miraculous signs and in v26 I saw something in the text today that I’m not sure I’ve connected before. They have seen the signs and miracles of Jesus (v2 and 14) but they have missed who Jesus is. The connection to today that I saw this morning that I hadn’t really picked up on before is that they wanted Jesus for the benefits that he would give them. They wanted to use Jesus for what would benefit them. We sometimes become so consumed with our desire to “go to heaven” that we bypass relationship with Jesus (and his church) because we only want the benefits of the two. We “go to church” rather than being the church. We desire the benefits of being associated with the church but without giving of ourselves. We want the benefits of Jesus, of being forgiven, of going to heaven, but we don’t want to take his call seriously when he calls us to change.

Using God to “get to heaven” is to fail to realize that being in God is the reality of heaven. If God is not there then it is not heaven. You cannot have heaven without being one with God. We need to make sure we are desiring the right things. Keep your motivations in check. We can’t follow God in order to get heaven or we have missed what heaven really is. Jesus’ promise is that those who know him will be raised up at the last day. Knowing Jesus brings about a transformation that is recognizable.

They reject Jesus because they “know where he is from” though they see these miracles that he does. In case there was any confusion about the ambiguity of Jesus’ comments he then makes it more clear for them…”Eat my flesh and drink my blood and you will live forever.” This seems pretty clear to us since we gather every week to join in the two thousand year practice of eating and drinking Christ together. This is a hard teaching and many walk away.

The imagery John is pointing to with all of this is Israel being lost in the wilderness. While in the wilderness God provided manna, bread from heaven, for them to eat. John continually points out their grumbling showing that they are the people lost in the wilderness in need of God but this bread that they now have is greater than ever. This bread gives eternal life!

The people in the wilderness grumbled and wanted to turn back to slavery. Jesus gives these grumblers that option. When they choose to walk away, Jesus turned to the 12 and asked if they would walk away as well. Peter then answers, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

There are a lot of things that Jesus taught that are easily considered hard teachings. Our response too often is to explain away why he didn’t mean what he said or we justify our actions and how it is impossible to live up to Christ’s call. When Christ calls us to these hard teachings, come and die; turn the other cheek; bless those who curse; etc., our response should be the same as the apostles, “You have the words of eternal life. To whom shall we go?”

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Bible Blog, John, Uncategorized

 

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John 5 – Healing, Confrontation, and Testimony

I wonder what was going through Jesus’ mind when he asked the paralyzed man by the pool, “Do you want to get well?”  We don’t really know.  The guy responds with a very practical response about not being able to get into the pool which was believed to have healing powers, although he doesn’t really answer Jesus’ question.  Jesus then just tells him to get up and walk.  In that moment, muscles that hadn’t existed or moved in thirty-eight years were strong enough to carry a man anywhere he wanted to go.  Unlike modern surgeries, which can heal people and require rest and strengthening, Jesus’ miracles don’t require physical therapy or further treatment.  Get up and take your mat with you.  It all happened so fast that the guy didn’t even know who healed him, so he didn’t know who the Pharisees could blame when he got busted carrying his mat.

Later when he runs into Jesus, Jesus tells him to stop sinning or something worse might happen to him.  We don’t know what Jesus is specifically talking about.  Was the man sinning because of something he said to the Pharisees?  Does Jesus know about a sin problem that the man had that was related to his illness?  Later in chapter 9, the Apostles will ask whose sin made a man blind and Jesus will respond that his blindness wasn’t caused by sin.  However, in the case of this paralytic, Jesus at least implies that illness can be related to sin.  It appears that sometimes sin can have actual health related physical consequences for people and sometimes people just have health problems.  It’s important that we both recognize the effect that sin can have on our bodies, but it’s also important that we don’t presume to know when somebody’s illness is sin-related or not.  That’s not our place.

The conversation then shifts as Jesus provides both evidence and testimony to support his authority to do the things he is doing and say the things he is saying.  He starts out by saying that he isn’t going to bother to testify about himself since they won’t listen to him and then provides what they must consider valid evidence of his authority and claims.

  • I speak with the authority of the Father.
  • I act in accordance with the will of the Father.
  • John the Baptist has testified to the truth.
  • The works God gave me, that I am doing, testify that my Father sent me.
  • My Father testified regarding me, but you don’t listen to my Father
  • The Scriptures testify to me, but you refuse them too.
  • Moses wrote about me and testified about me, but you apparently don’t believe Moses either.

So let’s review here: John the Baptist, God the Father, the Torah (Scriptures), Jesus’ miracles from God, and Moses all testify that Jesus is the Son of God.  So if you don’t believe Jesus then you refuse to listen to all of these.  So go ahead and tell everybody in the crowd here, who exactly do you follow?

Jesus better be careful insulting these guys too much or they might try to kill him….wait…

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2013 in John

 

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John 4 – The Harvest is Bigger Than You Think

For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit. – John 3:34

Jesus will speak “the words of God” to an increasingly hostile world, mostly represented by the Jewish religious establishment in Jerusalem. Jesus came so that all might have life. As we saw in chapter 2, Jesus was revealed to the servants in at the celebration, we now see more explicitly in chapter 4 that Jesus is to be revealed to those whom the world doesn’t see as worthy. We will continually be reminded that the Gospel is for all people.

Jesus begins speaking the words of God amongst foreigners…but not just any foreigners, Samaritans…but not just any Samaritan, a woman…but not just any woman, a sinful woman. Jesus chooses to reveal his identity to a reject amongst a rejected society (4:26). He is then acclaimed as “the savior of the world” (4:42). From this story on through chapter 12 Jesus then meets nothing but rejection throughout Jerusalem (chapter 5, 7-12) and Galilee (chapter 6).

After the disciples rejoin Jesus, he tells them to look to the fields because they are ripe for harvest. This would probably have been a bit puzzling for the disciples because a crowed of Samaritans was walking towards them. Jesus is continuing to show them that the Gospel is for all people and this is the will of the one who sent him. He says that it is to finish God’s work. We need to stop and reconnect with the Story of God as it is seen in the Bible. God has set out to fix his broken creation…all of it. The Jews miss this in their thinking that God is just for them. Jesus continues to embody and demonstrate the Story of God’s work to redeem his broken creation. Jesus needs to make sure that his disciples understand that Story that they are joining.

At the end of this chapter we come to the second of Jesus’ signs, The Healing of the Official’s Son. Because of all that they saw him do (v45) they welcomed him. Knowing all that Jesus had already done and that he had power, the Official went to Jesus for his son to be healed because he was nearing death. The Official wants Jesus to go with him and preform the miracle but Jesus demonstrates that his power is not confined to his location and the boy was healed. When Jesus addresses that the people want to see miraculous signs and wonders the Official keeps his focus on his son. Jesus sends him on his way and he has no choice but to take him at his word. We have a savior who has come to redeem all people and has the power to do so. Will we take him at his word?

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2013 in John

 

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My Vision – A Family Building Church

I want to take an opportunity today to share a personal vision with you.  I have been envisioning and praying for some time that God would use me to start a ministry or group of ministries at Northwest that would be designed to strengthen families.  If you are reading this today, I would ask you to also be praying about this as well.

One of the greatest periods of enthusiasm and growth at my church, Northwest, came when we were running the Recovery Groups.  We offered free classes for anybody that would help with addiction recovery, grief recovery, divorce recovery, anger management, and the search for significance.  As a church we committed to opening our arms to the broken and it was a great ministry to them, but was also extremely powerful in helping to better shape us in Christ’s image.  Through these ministries our congregation became not only believers in grace, but practitioners.  However, as some of our volunteers and leaders for that ministry transitioned into other places or ministries, and as more churches (many with greater resources than us) began offering these same ministries, we slowly discontinued our recovery programs.

Several years ago I first heard Dr. Beth Robinson who introduced me to Family Life Education.  Family Life Education (FLE) is designed to produce family learning opportunities that are preventative rather than reactive.  Dr. Robinson described it this way: “Instead of having an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff that tries to put people together after they fall off, FLE seeks to stand at the top of the cliff with a sign that says ‘STOP!'”

Recent research (various Barna Group studies among others) have shown that families who identify themselves as Christian, and even those who attend church, struggle with family problems at the same frequency or level as non-Christian families.  Christian marriages are as likely to end in divorce as it’s non-church counterparts.  Christian men are as likely to be viewing or addicted to pornography.  Christian teenagers are as likely to engage in pre-marital sexual relationships as their friends who don’t attend church.  This is a problem.

Stated differently, I strongly believe that Christian families should be stronger families.  I believe that when parents introduce the principles of Christianity into their families they should be better parents.  I believe that Christian marriages should be stronger and last longer.  I believe that churches should be reinforcing their families in many ways.  I believe that churches should be providing support and resources to the community so that people inside and outside of the church would look at it and say, “That is a strong family that builds strong families.”

In the end, its as simple as “By this the world will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

What will this look like?  Well that’s what I am hoping to figure out in the coming months.  I know that I want to provide ministries that will strengthen marriages and parents especially.  I hope to someday provide resources and support for adult children of aging parents, single parents raising kids, first generation Christians who want to know how to share their faith with their kids, tools for effective communication and conflict resolution and much more.  I usually don’t share my ideas until they are well past the vision-casting, dreaming, brain-storming stage, but I am making an exception because I wanted to ask you to be praying about it too.  And probably as a heads up.  I will likely utilize some tools on the blog to help when I get to the needs-assessment phase of planning.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2013 in Hot Topics

 

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John 3 – Crawl Back in Where?

If you manage to read the Gospel of John without laughing, then you need to go back and read it again.  If Nicodemus could redo this story, he probably would.  It’s really quite far from flattering.  Here, a Rabbi and leader in the Jewish Council comes to meet Jesus at night.  My dad used to say about curfew, “Nothing good happens after 11pm. So if you’re out later than that then either you are doing something bad or having something bad done to you.  Either way, you’ll be home before then.”  Clearly Nicodemus thought that meeting with Jesus was the kind of thing that could only happen after curfew.  Not exactly taking a stand here when he thinks that he wants to meet this potential Messiah but he doesn’t want people to know about it.

So Nicodemus opens by acknowledging Jesus is a great teacher from God, and Jesus jumps right to the heart of things by saying that nobody can enter the Kingdom of God unless they are born again.  Then Nicodemus essentially says, “But Jesus, I won’t fit back inside my mom again.  How could you want me to do that?”  Jesus now must clarify that he is not speaking of a fleshly rebirth that requires a midwife, but a spiritual one of water and spirit.  Perhaps the verse at the heart of the entire passage is when Jesus says, “You are Israel’s teacher and do you not understand these things?”  I can’t even imagine Nicodemus’ shame.

Jesus goes on to explain what it’s all about.  The Son of Man did not come into the world to condemn or judge (as most expected him to do) but rather to save and to heal.  Those who placed their faith in him would receive eternal life.  Those who did not put their faith in him would be condemned.  For a Jew, this was turning his world upside down.  No mention of obedience to Torah.  No mention of covenant.   No mention of faithfulness to Yahweh.  Believe and be saved.  Don’t and be condemned.  The text then connects what Jesus is saying here to the discussion of light and darkness earlier in the book.  The light has come and will defeat the darkness, but the darkness of the world will continue to stand against the light.

The implications here are clear…”Nicodemus, you have a choice to make.  Will you believe or be condemned?  Will you be on the side of light or darkness?  The time is coming and is here to choose sides.”

The last part of this chapter transitions back to the diminishing role of John the Baptist.  As the book continues, it will continue to portray Jesus as greater and John as less.  In this passage John says exactly that in verse 30.  During the Presidential primary process every few years, the time will come when a candidate realizes that he will not be the winner and that another will.  At that time, the major news of the day is how strong of an endorsement the defeated candidate gives to the presumed victor.  In this case, it is a resounding and total endorsement.  John’s own followers have started following Jesus.  Jesus is baptizing more people.  John has testified that Jesus is the Son of God and that Jesus is becoming continually greater while John’s role becomes further diminished.  Jesus’ ministry is just beginning while John’s moves towards it’s conclusion.  The Gospel of John wants there to be no confusion as to which of these two is the Son of God, the Messiah, the greater.

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2013 in John

 

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John 2 – The Reality of Heaven and Earth Come Together

The exchange between Jesus and Mary has always made me laugh. Mary points out that they are out of wine. Being that she is a woman she thinks she said, “Fix this!” Luckily Jesus is God so he understands the double-meaning of the things women say. He then tells her no. Being a woman she thinks he said yes and tells the servants to do what he says.

This is a story we’ve read a number of times so it is easy just to brush over some beautiful aspects of it. Jesus saves the bridegroom from social embarrassment that has much bigger implication then than they do now. The kind of shame his family would have received would be hard to overcome. The blessing on the surface was to the bridegroom. The wine he gave was better than the wine served in the beginning. The real blessing falls elsewhere though.

The blessing is not being saved from social embarrassment but Christ being revealed. Who was he revealed to? Go back and read it. He wasn’t revealed to the bridegroom or even the master of the banquet. He was revealed to the servants of the house and his disciples. This is the first of the seven signs recorded in John (though there are many signs, as we see referred to in 2:23). “The whole point of signs is that they are moments when heaven and earth intersect with each other (That is what the Jews believed happened in the Temple). The pint is not that they are stories which couldn’t have happened in real life, but which point away from earth to a heavenly reality.” – N.T. Wright, John for Everyone.

Heaven and earth have come together for a moment. Who was there to witness it? Those who often do not get to experience it in the Temple. Christ came so that all humanity can experience the reality of heaven and earth coming back together. John makes this explicit in his Gospel.

If the readers of John didn’t quite catch that Jesus came to bring heaven and earth back together, he makes it more blatant in Jesus’ clearing of the Temple. Jesus, and John in his telling of this event, wants to make it very clear that Jesus has come to fulfill the purpose of the Temple in himself. The reason John has Jesus clearing the Temple at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry instead of the end like the other Gospels do is because he wants his readers to see everything Jesus does through this event. Jesus will be resurrected. Jesus will conquer death. Jesus will bring the reality of heaven and earth together in himself for all creation. How would your life be different if you lived in this reality?

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in John

 

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John 1 – It’s All Been Done Before…

I want to begin by saying that I am very excited to be starting the Gospel of John.  There is this great moment we will come to at the end of this Gospel where Jesus tells Peter how he will someday day in order to bring glory to God.  Peter then points to John (who is writing this Gospel) and says, “What about him?  How will he die?”  Jesus looks at Peter and says the equivalent of “That’s none of your business.”  Well John did live for a very long time.  Tradition holds that John was the only one of the Apostles who was not martyred for his faith.  In fact, he probably lived long enough to have read or been familiar with one or more of the other Gospels.  Which is really interesting since he decided to tell the story of Jesus in a completely different way.  At times, he is possibly writing in order to deal with issues that had arisen after the writing of the other Gospels, such as Gnosticism or misunderstandings about John the Baptist.  However, his focus is often different.  John focuses more on the humanity of Jesus than either his teachings or his miracles.  John is more interested in Old Testament connections and patterns than the others tended to be.  John seems less interested in chronology and more interested in meaning.  Where Luke is a great history, John is great literature.  What’s important is that John knew that there were other Gospels out there and he felt like there was more that needed to be said.  And even at the end of his Gospel, he simply says there aren’t enough libraries in the world to tell all that Jesus did.  John knew that he needed to add these stories to what was already out there and we need to hear them today.

One example of this is how John begins.  It does not begin with a genealogy or story about Jesus’ birth.  It begins with a grand poetic description about “the word.”  The word was in the beginning and created and has become flesh.  It connects Jesus with all that God has ever done, is doing, and will do.  It resonates with the grand narrative of Genesis 1.  It emphasizes the relationship between God and Jesus, and the relationship that the world should also be a part of.

Then John quickly moves into talking about John the Baptist.  The Gospel of John spends more time on the Baptizer than any other Gospel.  For whatever reason, John wants his audience to be very clear about who John the Baptist was, and perhaps more importantly, who he wasn’t.  If you read Acts 18:26, there is this statement that Apollos taught accurately about Jesus but only knew the baptism of John the Baptist.  He had to be taught more accurately the way of the Lord.  It’s unclear what it means that he only knew the baptism of John, but apparently there were still some groups who were giving too much credence to the teachings and importance of John the Baptist.  This Gospel is going to make clear that John was a herald and prophet and great preacher, but not the Messiah.  John must become greater so that Jesus must become less.

Finally, the chapter ends with the calling of Nathanael.  There are two wonderful moments in this narrative about Nathanael.  First, when he first hears about Jesus his immediate response is at best a semi-racial slur against  Jesus’ family, friends, and community.  Secondly, Jesus’ first impression of Nathanael is that he is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.  We have no idea why Jesus says this or what this statement about Nathanael is based on, and neither does Nathanael who says, “How do you know me?”  Jesus then replies with the most bizarre statement in the whole exchange, “I saw you under the fig tree before Phillip called you.”  Suddenly Nathanael is convinced.  WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED UNDER THE FIG TREE!?!?!  This is one of the most mysterious and intriguing passages in all of the Gospels.  Does it have some connection to him having no deceit?  Was it amazing because the fig tree was far out of Jesus’ sight?  Was it the knowing he was at the fig tree or the implied knowledge of what was going on there that convinced Nathanael?  We don’t really know, but I sure wish I did.

Anyhow, the Gospel of John begins with a grand poem connecting Jesus to both the Creator and the creation.  It makes clear that John the Baptist must become less so Jesus can become greater.  And Jesus begins gathering his disciples, starting with some who leave John to follow the greater teacher and ending with Nathanael and whatever happened under the fig tree.  We are off to a great start.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in John

 

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Jude – Living a Narrative

While Jude eagerly wanted to write about their shared salvation, he was compelled to write a letter urging them to contend for the faith that is the basis of that salvation. They had not kept a watchful eye and let ungodly people slip into their midst. Jude refers to these people as ungodly and are defined more specifically as people, “who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immortality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.”

When people like this are left unchecked amongst the People of God they become cancerous and bring down the community. I don’t think Jude is advocating for not allowing outsiders into the assembly completely. They should be allowed in to see what the community of God looks like and how the Family function. They are not to be mistaken as part of the Family though.

Jude then makes the parental comment of “I know you know this but I’m going to tell you anyway.” I remember hearing that growing up…and as much as I didn’t appreciate it then, being reconnected to the proper narrative puts life and actions back into their proper perspective. What is this narrative? All throughout history, even celestial history, people have gone with their “instincts” and abandoned the way of God. These “instincts,” which 2 Peter focused on as well, bring about the destruction that Christ has saved us from. The narrative that we have been brought into is one where we are recreated as God intended for us to be. Yes, we are animals, but we are also made in the image of God. Sin can be categorized as either trying to live out half of this reality. Either we live out our animalistic instincts, completely neglecting our divine nature in God’s image, or we live our lives trying to be god, ignoring that we are created beings.

Jude covers the full narrative of history to make sure his readers get the point that these people will be destroyed and they are blemishes to the beautiful painting that his the Family of God. They are spots on the wedding dress of the Bride of Christ. They are flies in the holy meal that we eat together. These people do not have the Spirit and are divisive.

There will be those who doubt. Be merciful to them. Don’t mistake these people as those who completely reject Christ. Seek and save those who doubt but keep a healthy amount of fear so that you do not fall.

Jude ends with a doxology, reminding his readers of the narrative they have given their lives to. A doxology is a hymn of praise and often acts in a way that unifies a congregation. More than likely they would have joined in the singing of the doxology when that part of the letter was reached. Ending with the “amen,” the congregation would have been saying they agreed to what was written. Take a moment to reflect on what this doxology says about us today in our current situation and how agreeing to it changes the way you will live tomorrow. Pick the narrative you will live by and live it.

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Jude

 

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2 Peter 3 – Scoffers Gonna Scoff

If you leave a kid alone in a room with a cookie, promising them that if they don’t eat that one cookie for five minutes then you will give them two cookies…what would happen?  Well more often than not they will eat the other cookie almost immediately.  (See video above)

If you leave a nation of people in the wilderness at the foot of a mountain for forty days while you write down all of the laws and tell them that if they obey your laws, you will be their God and they will be your people…what would happen?  Well more often than not they will make a golden calf and start worshiping it.  (See Exodus 32)

If you leave a world while you go and prepare a place for those who are faithful and obedient to you and instruct them that if they remain faithful until you return that they will live with you in your kingdom forever…what would happen?  Well Peter says that they will begin to forget and doubt and scoff.  (See 2 Peter 3)

They will become so doubt-filled that they will make fun of those who are faithful.  And yet Peter says, how can you forget who made everything?  How can you forget who made the oceans?  But even if you forget all of that, don’t forget that God’s timing is God’s timing.  Don’t you dare think that just because God doesn’t do things on your schedule that he isn’t in control.

So you must live as children who patiently don’t eat the cookie.  You must live as a people who believe God is still on the mountain.  You must keep the faith and keep living according the teachings given you.  Don’t fall from your secure position, but continue growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

And then there is that great section where Peter acknowledges the valuable writings of Paul, which are admittedly complicated and difficult to read.  That always makes me laugh.  But it’s also really good to see the cooperation and community that existed between the two church leaders.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in 2 Peter

 

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