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

This will be my last post in the Majestic, Messiah, Master, Mission series.

I have been blogging about this for 9 months.  Let me give you some recaps from previous posts.

Read Isaiah 6.

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.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

He said, “Go and tell this people:

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
    be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
    make their ears dull
    and close their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
    hear with their ears,
    understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”

11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”

And he answered:

“Until the cities lie ruined
    and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
    and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
    and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
    it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
    leave stumps when they are cut down,
    so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”

We get a glimpse of the vision that God gave to Isaiah.  Wow!  What a vision indeed!  The text says that Isaiah saw the Lord lifted high and exalted, seated on a throne.  Visualize this in your head.  Isaiah continues to describe the vision. He said the train of God’s robe filled the temple.  Let that sink in for a minute.  God is so big that He wears a robe, and the train of that robe fills the entire Old Testament temple.  This is the temple that Solomon built.  That temple was huge. Translation:  God is BIG!  He is HUGE!  Isaiah catches a glimpse of this!

In this same vision, Isaiah sees angelic beings above God, and they are singing to Him.  They are singing “Holy, Holy, Holy”. Who are they singing to?  They are singing to the One who is so BIG and HUGE that the train of His robe fills the entire temple, and when they sing, they sing about the Holiness and Glory of God.  What a sight to behold!  While they are singing, the doorposts and thresholds of the temple begins to shake, and smoke fills the temple.

Try to picture this in your mind.  Imagine what Isaiah must have been thinking and feeling.

Look back at verses 6-7  in Isaiah 6.  They 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.

Since God is MAJESTIC and MESSIAH, we are compelled to declare Him to be MASTER.  That’s what happened to Isaiah in Isaiah 6. The Old Testament prophet, Isaiah, saw the MAJESTY of God, saw how He was MESSIAH, and Isaiah declared God to be MASTER.  Go back and look at Isaiah 6:8.

Isaiah says, “Here am I, Send me.”  He is really declaring this:  God, You are my MASTER!  I will do what you tell me to do, and I will go where you tell me to go.

Isaiah was given a MISSION by God that was very hard.  Isaiah was willing to do this because He had declared Him to be MASTER.

God has given me a MISSION.  I think He wants me to take the truth of the Gospel to Men, Students, and Families.  He specifically wants me to point men, students, and families to the truth of the Gospel so they can walk in freedom from the idol of sexual sin.  There are times fulfilling that MISSION is very hard.  Why do I do it?  He is my MASTER.  Why is He my MASTER.  I have seen that He is MAJESTIC, and I have confessed that He is MESSIAH.

What is the MISSION God has given you?  What is the MISSION God has given His church?

The last several months I have gotten to be the interim preaching pastor for Grace Covenant Church in Arlington, TX.  If you want you can take a listen to the sermon I gave Sunday.  It was my last one as their interim preaching pastor.  That message encompasses everything in this blog and in this blog series.

MAJESTIC, MESSIAH, MASTER, MISSION Message

May we live on MISSION for the KING of kings and LORD of lords.  He is worthy of nothing less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

In my last post I talked about how God gave Isaiah a very specific MISSION.  You can read about this in Isaiah 6.  This MISSION was very hard. Why would Isaiah accept this MISSION and follow God in obedience.  He saw God as MAJESTIC.  He experienced Him as MESSIAH.  He declared Him to be MASTER.  He chose to live on MISSION for God!

God has called us to live on MISSION for Him as well.  What does that MISSION look like?

Read Mark 12:28-31.

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”

This is referred to as the Great Commandment.  God wants us to love Him and others.

Read Matthew 28:18-20.

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

This is referred to as the Great Commission.  God wants us to make disciples.

In Mark 2 you see 4 men fulfilling the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Read Mark 2:1-12.  This tells the story of these 4 men.

A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man,carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? 10 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”So he said to the man, 11 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 12 He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”

We all know people who need to get to Jesus.  If we are followers of Jesus, this is our MISSION.

Listen to the following sermon and ask God: “God, who in my life do I need to help carry to Jesus?”

Mark 2 sermon

May we live on MISSION for Jesus, who is our MASTER, because He is MAJESTIC and because He is MESSIAH!