Majestic, Messiah, Master, Mission (Messiah-Part 3)

Quick Reminder: Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:

  • God is MAJESTIC
  • God is MESSIAH
  • God wants to be MASTER
  • God wants us to live on MISSION

I have spent the last several weeks blogging about how “God is MAJESTIC” and how “God is MESSIAH”.  In my most recent blog, we looked at what Ephesians 1 teaches us about MESSIAH God.  In this post, we will continue blogging about MESSIAH God, and we will use Hebrews 10 to do so.

Hebrews 10:1-18 reads:

The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason, it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship.  Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins.  But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins.  It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.  Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.  Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—I have come to do your will, my God.’”  First, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law.  Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.”  He sets aside the first to establish the second.  And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.  Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again, and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.  But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.  The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First, he says: “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord.  I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”  Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”  And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.

There is a bunch to unpack here, but we will only unpack a little bit.  First, the writer is explaining the Old Testament sacrificial system.  Because of Jesus, priests don’t have to perform religious duties anymore because Jesus (MESSIAH) is our Great High Priest.  What did this Great High Priest do for us?

According to Hebrews 10:10, if I have surrendered my life to Jesus, then I have been declared holy by God.  It is not that I will be declared holy one day, but I am declared holy by God today.  Think of synonyms for the word, holy.  Words that come to mind for me are set apart, righteous, blameless, faultless, and perfect.  Wow! In Jesus, this is who I am, and this is what you are as well if you know Him.

How can this be possible?  It can be possible because MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God has imparted His Holiness to me the moment that I said “yes” to Him.

Let me further illustrate this by looking at Hebrews 10:18. I believe the author is quoting Old Testament prophets here, namely Isaiah and Jeremiah.  Go look at Isaiah 43:25 or Jeremiah 31:34.  What part of the verse is being quoted?  I believe the part of that verse that is emphasizing that God chooses not to remember our sin is the part being quoted.  How can an all-knowing God not remember our sin?  We looked at this a couple of blogs ago.  If you want to read it, just click on this link:  Messiah Part 1

In that blog, we looked at how God chooses to not remember our sin.  He just doesn’t recall them to His memory bank. Amazing!  He forgives us and imparts His Holiness to us.  If He didn’t, we wouldn’t be able to have a relationship with this MAJESTIC God.

If we have surrendered our lives to Jesus, He has completely forgiven us, and He has imparted His Holiness to us.  Finally, let’s back up and look at Hebrews 10:14.  How can I be holy and perfect if I don’t always live holy and perfect?  The moment I trust Jesus, God declares me to be perfect forever.  His acceptance of me is not dependent on my performance.  His acceptance of me is dependent upon Christ’s sacrifice.

However, that does not mean that God does not care how I behave.  He cares a great deal!  He loves me no matter where He finds me.  He forgives me no matter where He finds me, but He loves me too much to leave me there!  No verse illustrates that better than Hebrews 10:14. In Jesus, I am instantly declared to be perfect and holy, and God empowers me to live out who I am in my daily life.  Another way of saying it is this:   God sees me as holy and perfect positionally, and He wants to be holy and perfect in practice.  Will I do this with sinless perfection in this life?  NO!!!!!  But God wants me to rest in “Who I Am” in Him so He can empower me to live out “Who I Am” in daily life.

So, He really is MESSIAH!  He rescues me from my sin and from myself.

So, He really is MAJESTIC.  When I let Him empower me to live out who I am, people don’t see me.  They see God.  He gets Glory, and His MAJESTY is revealed to those around me.

Questions to ponder:

If I experienced Hebrews 10:1-18 in my life, how would that change my perception of God or myself?

If I really believe Hebrews 10:1-18 to be true, how would I live my life differently today?

Let us live lives that worship the MAJESTIC, MESSIAH God!!!!!!!!!

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Majestic, Messiah, Master, Mission (Messiah-Part 2)

Quick Reminder: Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:

  • God is MAJESTIC
  • God is MESSIAH
  • God wants to be MASTER
  • God wants us to live on MISSION

I have spent the last several weeks blogging about how “God is MAJESTIC” and how “God is MESSIAH”.  In my most recent blog, we looked at how the MESSIAH God rescues, redeems, and forgives.  We looked at several passages of Scripture on this.

Today, we will continue blogging about how “God is MESSIAH”.  To do so, we will look at Ephesians 1:3-8.  It reads:

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love, He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.

Jesus is MAJESTIC, and He is our MESSIAH.  He rescues us, redeems us, restores us, and forgives us.

When I commit my life to Jesus I have been blessed with every spiritual blessing.  This means I lack nothing!  One might be poor financially, but in Jesus, they lack nothing.  One might be having significant relational issues, but in Jesus, that person lacks nothing!!!  One might be battling aloneness or being overwhelmed with anxiety or depression, but in Christ, they lack nothing.

I am not trying to minimize those issues.  Those are very significant issues, and Jesus wants to meet us where we are at in physical need, relationships, emotional/mental distress, etc.  I am just saying those circumstances do not change the fact that in Jesus, a person lacks nothing!  Understanding this, helps me to know that Jesus is enough when I face those very significant issues!

How is it possible to lack nothing?  Actually, let’s ask that another way.  What does it mean to be spiritually blessed?  It means that I can know and experience that God chose me before He ever created anything.  God chose me for what?  He chose me to be holy and blameless.  How can I be holy and blameless?  I can be holy and blameless because Christ imparts His Holiness to me the moment I trust in Him.  I can learn how to live out this holiness every day of my life.  Christ’s sacrifice on the cross made it possible for me to appear before Him holy and blameless, and God chose this for me before He ever created anything.  Wow!!!!!

What else does this “spiritual blessing” entail for the one who follows this MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God?  We see in Ephesians 1 that it is God’s love that propels Him to predestine believers to be called sons and daughters of God.  What is predestination?  Well, that is a blog for another time.  However, let me hit this one thought briefly.  God predetermined before time began that my destiny would be to experience adoption into His family, and this gives me the title of God’s child, God’s son.  What a spiritual blessing!  Amazing!

God chose me to be holy and blameless, and His destiny for me was to be His child.  And He did all this because it was pleasing to Him.  Choosing me brought God pleasure!  Unbelievable!

What was the purpose in doing all this?  You can put that quite simply, “To the Praise of His Glorious Grace!”  Choosing me and others to be adopted into His family brings Praise to this “MAJESTIC God”.

Grace (unmerited favor, undeserved gift) is freely given to those who are adopted into God’s family.  John 1 tells us that I become adopted into God’s family when I believe in Jesus and receive Him into my life.  I like to say it like this.  God allows me to receive the gift of Jesus as I surrender control of my life to Him.

Ephesians 1 continues to explain these “spiritual blessings” that we have.  Christ has purchased us with His blood on the cross so we can experience complete forgiveness from God.  See, He really is the MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God!  This MAJESTIC and MESSIAH God lavishes us in His grace.  What grace are we referring to?  We are referring to the grace we just described in the previous paragraph.  Grace is unmerited favor from God, an undeserved gift.  What does God do with this grace that allows us to experience Jesus?  He lavishes us in this grace!

You may not be lavished in financial riches right now, or fame etc.  But I can promise you this:  The follower of Jesus is lavished in the grace of God!  I can say from firsthand experience that His grace is amazing, and His grace ultimately leads me to worship Him and pursue freedom in Him!  One who is lavished in His grace is swimming in “spiritual blessing”.

These are not all the “spiritual blessings” that Paul tells us of in Ephesians 1, but they are enough for this blog.  Let’s recap them.

The follower of Jesus is:

  • Chosen
  • Predestined
  • Adopted
  • Forgiven
  • Redeemed
  • Lavished in Grace

And God did all this because it was pleasing to Him to do so.  This brought Him pleasure!  God did all this because redeeming and rescuing us brings Him Glory!

If you remember, we are taking this MAJESTIC, MESSIAH, MASTER, MISSION from Isaiah 6.  Isaiah sees God as MAJESTIC, and He experiences Him as MESSIAH.  At this point, Isaiah declares God to be MASTER and agrees to live on MISSION for Him.

Please hear me.  Do not follow God out of guilt or manipulation.  Follow Him because you see Him as MAJESTIC, and you have experienced Him as MESSIAH.  According to Ephesians 1, because Jesus is our MESSIAH, I lack nothing spiritually.  I am completely forgiven and part of God’s family, rolling around in the riches of His grace.

For me personally, this compels me to worship Him!  Am I perfect at it?  NO!  But I am compelled to live my life declaring the God of the Bible, the only real God in the universe, to be MASTER because He is MAJESTIC and MESSIAH.

What about you?  Who is your MASTER?  Are you blown away by the amazing MESSIAH that God is?  Does it compel you to worship Him?  If yes, praise the Lord!  If no, then ask God to help you see the riches of His grace and experience the depth of His forgiveness!  This, and only this, will lead you, will lead all of us to worship Him!

 

 

 

Majestic, Messiah, Master, Mission (Messiah-Part 1)

Quick Reminder:

Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:

  • God is MAJESTIC
  • God is MESSIAH
  • God wants to be MASTER
  • God wants us to live on MISSION

I have spent the last month blogging about how “God is MAJESTIC”.  We have looked at 2 Chronicles 26 and how the MAJESTY of God cannot tolerate arrogance.  We have looked at Isaiah 6 and how Isaiah saw the MAJESTY of God and fell to his face saying “Woe is me for mine eyes have seen the King”.  We have seen how God’s power is displayed in how He controls creation.  We have seen how the MAJESTY of God impacted the Man of God, Moses.  Finally, we looked at how we fall short of the MAJESTY of God, and we need a MESSIAH.

That leads us to today.  Today we will start looking at how “God is MESSIAH”.  The very God we fall short of is the very God who wants to rescue us from our sin, from ourselves, and from hell.  Let’s go back to Isaiah 6.  We will look at verses 1-7.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted,seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”  Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

God gives Isaiah a vision where He he sees the a glimpse of the Glory of God.  He sees that He is MAJESTIC.  Verses 6-7 help us to see that the God who is MAJESTIC is also MESSIAH.  Isaiah experiences forgiveness for his sin.  Amazing!!!

This is what we can experience as well.  We have all fallen short of God’s Glory because of our sin.  We need a Savior, and Jesus is that Savior for us.  He died on a cross bearing the weight of all the sin of all of humanity, and He drank in God’s wrath so you and I wouldn’t have to experience the wrath of God.  He died, but on the 3rd day He rose again.  He ascended back into Heaven, and one day, He will return to set up a Kingdom and rule and reign for all of eternity.  As I type this, I say come quickly Lord Jesus.

Question: Have you received the free gift of Jesus by surrendering your life to Him?  If you have, then you are no longer subject to God’s wrath.  You, like Isaiah, in Isaiah 6, have been completely forgiven.

Isn’t that an incredible thought.  If we have surrendered our lives to the MAJESTIC, MESSIAH Jesus, then we are completely forgiven of everything we have ever said, thought or done that is sinful.  This forgiveness covers all past, present, and future sin.  If you don’t believe me, then go read Hebrews 10.  Praise the MESSIAH Jesus who forgives us and rescues us from our sin.

I want to use a few passages to illustrate this forgiveness.

Psalm 103:12-

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

East and west do not touch.  They can never meet.  Let me illustrate.  I live in Waxahachie, TX.  This is pretty close to Dallas.  A major highway in Dallas is I-35.  If I am not mistaken, it goes all the way to Minnesota.  Imagine this highway circled the globe and went all the way to the north pole.  I can go north on I-35 to the north pole, but when I hit the north pole and kept driving, I would be forced to go south.  Therefore, north and south touch.

Let’s look at the same highway analogy for east and west.  Another major highway in Dallas is I-20.  I believe it goes from far west Texas all the way to Georgia.  Imagine this highway could circle the globe.  If you started in Dallas going east on I-20, you would pass through the Atlantic, Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and you would eventually make it back to America and all the way to Dallas.  When did you go west?  You didn’t.  The only way to go west would have been for you to turn the car around.  What’s the point?  East and west don’t touch.  The distance between east and west is infinite, and for those who know Jesus, their sin is infinitely removed from them because of God’s forgiveness.  Wow!

Let’s look at another one.

Isaiah 38:17b-

In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.

If God is MAJESTIC, then how big is His back?  My best guess would be that it is very big.  Let’s go back to a couple of blogs ago when we looked at Exodus 33.  In that passage, we saw God cover the body of a man, Moses, with His hand.  If His hand is that big, then His back must be HUGE!  For the follower of Jesus, our sins are behind God’s massive back, and this indicates to me that they are gone, long gone!

Here is one more.

Isaiah 43:25-

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.”

God is speaking here.  For those who know Jesus, He has blotted out their sin.  This simply means He has erased our sin. Think about a dry erase board for a minute.  The marker draws on the board.  You grab an eraser and erase the marker.  The marker is gone.  The same could be said of our sin.  However, it doesn’t stop there.  God continues by saying He doesn’t remember our sin anymore.   How can an all knowing God not remember our sin?  The answer is an easy one.  He chooses not to recall them to His memory.  What an amazing God!!!

Here is the last one.

Micah 7:18-19-

Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance.  You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.  You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

No one is like God!  He forgives sin.  He does not stay angry over our sin, but He gets excited about showing us mercy (withholding from us what we deserve).  He is compassionate.  He puts our sin under His foot.  In this blog we have already established the bigness of God’s back and hand.  I think it is fair to assume that His foot is pretty big as well.  He puts our sin under His foot.  We can’t get to them.  They are gone.  It goes further than that though.  He puts our sin in the bottom of the sea.  I think “Mariana Trench” here.  That is the deepest part of the ocean.  It is cold and black, and we are not going to find or locate our sins.  What a MESSIAH God!

It is almost impossible to fathom the depth of our forgiveness.  For the follower of Jesus, forgiveness from God is real and complete.  All we can say to that is Amen and Amen and Amen!!!!

He is MAJESTIC God, and we fall short!  But He is MESSIAH God, and in Jesus, we experience complete forgiveness for all our sin.  Thank you God!  WE PRAISE YOUR NAME LORD MOST HIGH!!!!!!!

Majestic, Messiah, Master, Mission (Majestic-Part 4)

Quick Reminder:

Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:

  • God is MAJESTIC
  • God is MESSIAH
  • God wants to be MASTER
  • God wants us to live on MISSION

In our last post, we looked at how Moses encountered the Majesty of God.  Incredible story in Exodus 32-34.  Today we are going to again look at the MAJESTY of God, but we are going to talk about how we fall short of it.  In falling short, we deserve the wrath of God!  Because Jesus is our MESSIAH, those who know Christ are no longer subject to the wrath of God.  Praise the Lord!!!  Instead of writing more on this, I thought I would post a video of David Platt speaking on it.  It is one of the most powerful things I have ever seen or heard!

Watch, listen, and see for yourself.

All I can say is AMEN!!!!!