Jesus

Jesus is more than enough to keep us busy. “Jesus” may sound elementary or even “Sunday schoolish”, however, the very name has power. Jesus is the epicenter of the Gospel work of the Triune God of the bible. Jesus is how we know the Father. The Spirit is who reveals Jesus to us so we can know him and then know the Father. Without Jesus we have nothing.

Jesus is vital. Much of our culture is turning away from naturalism, although institutions are still built on naturalism along with their values. Our culture’s turn away from naturalism is a turn toward spiritual things. Much of the interest in spiritual things has led to a resurgence of “god” talk and “spirits” and “meditation” and worlds religions being in harmony, etc.

You see this epitomized in the bumper sticker “Coexist” that is written using the symbols of the 5 major world’s religions.

Don’t be fooled. Spiritual talk is not the same as Jesus talk. “God” talk is not the same as Jesus talk.

In John 14 we have recorded a conversation over the passover meal in which Jesus reinterprets the passover meal and institutes the Lord’s Supper in which Philip says, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you so long, and you still do not known me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘show us the Father’?”

Philip wanted to see God, the Father, and Jesus tells him that he (Jesus) is how Philip sees the Father. In other words, if one wants to know God they have to talk about Jesus. If one wants to get to God they have to go through Jesus (John 14:6). II would argue that this is why the New Testament is scrutinized so heavily regarding its accuracy. If the New Testament can be questioned then people don’t have to obey its contents. But if the New Testament stands up and is proven reliable (and it has been and does), then Jesus is the standard for all spiritual language and the worlds religions and spiritual systems can’t coexist because they must repent and turn to Jesus.

As you we head into a new week don’t neglect to feed your soul with Jesus and more Jesus. As you read the Old Testament, look for Jesus. As you watch television, interpret the content through who Jesus is. As you do ministry, do it the way Jesus did in full-blown mercy with the edge of holy. As you discipline yourself to follow Jesus, do it the way Jesus did.

We can never get enough of Jesus. Call his name often. Lean on his word moment by moment. Call out to him as you breath. Trust him as you move.

“…Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in  heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11

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