MZC Service Times
Family Service Sunday 10:45 - 12:00
Who is Jesus to you?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.
You believe in God; believe in me also.
My Fathers house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
You know the way to the place where I am going.”
4th August 2018
Recently we have looked at who the Holy spirit is and what He does, and we have looked at our Father God in Heaven, and His love for us.
Now lets take a look at our Lord Jesus, King of Heaven and Earth, our redeemer and our brother;
The bible tells us that Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth. Even just to think of Jesus being Lord over all the earth is more than can fit in my mind. Lord of every human King and Queen. Lord of every president. Lord of every precious thing.
Once a year, In the most grand room in one of the grandest buildings in Russia, every consulate working in Russia stands before president Putin and waits their turn to meet him. When it is their turn, they approach him, present him with a folder with their plans in it, shake his hand, have their photograph taken, then go back and wait with everyone else who is before him. Its a very majestic ceremony, where each consulate is agreeing to represent their own country but also to honour Russia. It is a very grand occasion indeed. It is the closest thing I can imagine to every king and queen; every president kneeling before our King Jesus.
It is kind of hard to imagine our Queen, president Trump, president Emmanuel Macron, president Putin and every other king and queen, on their knees before our King Jesus, but thats exactly true, and more besides.
Even the rocks will cry out for Lord Jesus, plants obey him, trees do, animals do, even the grass of the fields and the earth listen to and obey Jesus! There is nothing in the air, on the land or below the land that is not subject to Jesus.
Even with all of this authority and power, Kingship and might, Jesus still chose to come to earth, to walk with us, to share our worries and woes, to help us. Even while we were and are sinners, Jesus chose to be the only sacrifice that could set us free from our sin and bondage. He chose Us to be His friends, His brothers and Sisters, to share everything with us, all at an UN-imaginable cost to himself and our Father God.
King of the world, but friend and brother to all who will accept Him.
The gospel of Luke ends with a supremely jarring statement: “Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them. While he blessed them, he parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God” (24:50–53).
What an image, Our Lord Jesus Christ, being raised up into Heaven to be next to His Father, our Father God in Heaven. Where He sits now and forever more, interceding for each of us personally. Even as he left, he was blessing us!
Have you ever stopped to think how life might be if Jesus hadn't been born, hadn't chosen to walk the earth, hadn't chosen to be with each of us?
What a thought!
Because of our sins, we could not have a relationship with our perfect and Holy God, our Father in Heaven. We can only approach our Father, have a relationship with Him because of what Jesus did for each of us personally. Without Jesus we would be left asking a single priest once a year to deliver our requests and hopes to our God. I don't think we would even know Him as Father God!
We would not have prayer the way we do now if we couldn't pray through Jesus precious name. I can't image how desperate life in this day and age would be if we couldn't pray to our Father through our Lord Jesus. If we couldn't ask for Jesus' help in all the problems we face, how much harder would life be?
Where would our hope come from? Where would our hope be? Who would be our rock? Who would help us in time of need? I think to one degree or another we all have our hopes and prayers in Jesus, whether we are believers, or non believers who are going through something so challenging they are desperate for help beyond what they can see.
We wouldn't have hope beyond what we can see ahead of us. How could we see our lives as anything beyond the here and now. No hope after death without Jesus.
Our Father says He has a perfect plan for us and has hopes and dreams for our lives. Without Jesus, it would be so hard to believe that, and I imagine we would feel so much more helpless! It wouldn't feel as real without Jesus.
Without Jesus, when things get really tough, how would we have any hope of getting through it? I think this is illustrated in the book of Job really well.
What a desperate position this man was in, he lost everything, even his friends were asking what he had done. They didn't believe in Job even though they were his closest friends.
I wonder how the book of Job would have been different if he had known Jesus as his personal saviour? If Job could trust that Jesus would not put more on him than he could bear ( remember God putting limits on what even satan could do to Job )!
If Job had faith in Jesus and who He is, and be able to have that personal relationship with both Jesus and our Father God through the power and gift of prayer, I am sure Jobs speeches would have been very different!
Lets use this quiet time to think about who Jesus is to us. What things bring you hope and comfort from Jesus choosing to be with us now and always?
What makes you turn to Jesus and our Father God for help?
What has Jesus done that gives you hope and comfort?
How do you see Jesus in your life, and how would that change if He were no longer there for you?
Lets finish with a prayer.
Lord Jesus, thank you for choosing to be our friend, our helper, our guide, our comforter. Thank you for taking away our sin so we can have eternal life in the future in Heaven, but even now we can build that relationship with you our Lord Jesus, and through you we can have a relationship with our Father God. Without you life would loose a lot of its value. You are our hope both now and forever more, and we thank you for this hope. You went through hell, so we don't have to, please help us to appreciate that, and thank you so much you did do.
Lord please open our eyes to who you are in our lives, and who you want to be in our lives in the future. Help us to dream big in you, to trust in you, and help us to share with the world all you have shared with us.
Lord please protect us, guide us, inspire us and lead us in your will. Move our hearts with what moves yours.
Lord we thank you in your precious name, our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen
I think the definition of hell is the separation from God and Lord Jesus....