I’m loving this Explore God journey, and I pray you are as well. This past Sunday’s Explore God question was this: Is Jesus Really God? And in an interesting twist of irony, what is a rather easy and straightforward question/ answer surprisingly turned into a tough message to preach!
Spoiler alert- yes, we believe that Jesus is really God. Yet the reality is that we live in a world where many folks don’t quite know what to make of Jesus. So the question really becomes- how do we make known the identity of Jesus as the Son of God?
Spoiler alert #2- I’m not convinced simply telling folks works.
Two images come to mind- First, Jesus is with his disciples, near the end of his life. They are sitting down to a meal, and it’s likely true that they are eating on the floor, with the food in the center, and with them in a reclining position. Worst part- their stinky feet were likely by the food, which begged the question- who is going to wash the feet so they can best enjoy the meal? Looking around, they realize there is no servant around. At that moment, Jesus stands up, wraps a towel around his waist, and serves them by washing their feet. And in doing so, He reveals how radically different He truly was. Most people allow power, control, and authority to go to their head, but not Jesus. We believe He had this power, control, and authority, yet chose to use it to serve.
Bottom line- We believe He is the Son of God, yet He’s not going to force it on anyone. Instead, He’ll serve and love until we dig deep enough to discover who He is.
Enter the cross, the ultimate act of service and love.
Second image- A group of us went to Feed My Starving Children on Saturday. The ministry is awesome, both in terms of the impact it is making on worldwide hunger and in its work to share the mission of Jesus. All week, secular entities are participating in packing events. The Christian aspect of the ministry is present, and folks are invited to pray over the food. But no one is forced to. Instead, the vision is to serve and love until folks dig deep enough to discover who Jesus is. Sound familiar?
You can hear last week’s message here.
Peace to you,Pastor Brian