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What Is Jesus To You?

By , July 23, 2015

“I will…make you to be a covenant for the people.”
Isaiah 49:8 (NIV)

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The context of our verse today is a prophecy about the Lord’s Servant, Jesus Christ.

The verses around this statement describe the Servant as One who would not only save Jews but also Gentiles from the ends of the earth. The coming One would accomplish much for the people of God. As we read the imagery and details of this prophecy we recognize easily that only in Jesus can all this be accomplished.

In verses 8-9 we are told that those who are God’s people will benefit in several ways from Jesus’ work. The things spoken about are restoration, inheritance, liberation, and satisfaction. All of these things are found in Jesus who gains these treasures for His covenant people.

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Is Jesus irrelevant?

By , May 8, 2015

“Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Mark 2:5 (NIV)

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Perhaps my favourite story to hear in Sunday School as a small boy was the one where Jesus was in a house preaching to an extremely large crowd. The house was full to overflowing. This made it impossible for a lame man’s friends to carry him to the feet of Jesus.

However, the friends were not to be stopped by a crowd. They lifted their friend up onto the roof of the house. Then they calculated about where they were on the roof that would be directly above Jesus.

Now comes the part that I really liked. They ripped open the roof and made a hole large enough to lower their friend directly at the feet of the Healer. Jesus was impressed with their faith and ingenuity. As a little child that was as far as the story interested me.

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Is Jesus irrelevant?

By , May 17, 2011

“Son, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:5 (NIV)

Jesus teaches us not to believe that sickness in a person and personal sins of the individual are necessarily connected.

Perhaps my favourite story to hear in Sunday School as a small boy was the one where Jesus was in a house preaching to an extremely large crowd. The house was full to overflowing. This made it impossible for a lame man’s friends to carry him to the feet of Jesus. However, the friends were not to be stopped by a crowd. They lifted their friend up onto the roof of the house. Then they calculated about where they were on the roof that would be directly above Jesus.

Now comes the part that I really liked. They ripped open the roof and made a hole large enough to lower their friend directly at the feet of the Healer. Jesus was impressed with their faith and ingenuity. As a little child that was as far as the story interested me. The unconventional actions of the friends was a surprise and novel thing. You just don’t go around ripping up roofs and lowering people on a stretcher. I thought the whole idea was awesome. Kids love action and this story really had it!

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What is Jesus to you?

By , May 10, 2011

“I will…make you to be a covenant for the people.” Isaiah 49:8 (NIV)

The context of our verse today is a prophecy about the Lord’s Servant, Jesus Christ. The verses around this statement describe the Servant as One who would not only save Jews but also Gentiles from the ends of the earth. The coming One would accomplish much for the people of God. As we read the imagery and details of this prophecy we recognize easily that only in Jesus can all this be accomplished.

In verses 8-9 we are told that those who are God’s people will benefit in several ways from Jesus’ work. The things spoken about are restoration, inheritance, liberation, and satisfaction. All of these things are found in Jesus who gains these treasures for His covenant people.

The idea of restoration is fairly straightforward for most of us. Some people restore cars, furniture, houses and so on. What is meant is to take something that has fallen into a non functioning or poorly functioning state and recreate it into what it was originally. It means to take something broken and possibly useless and fix it so that it looks brand new.

Those who are truly children of God are those who have been brought to the end of themselves. They are a people who have concluded that in the sight of God they are a mess, they are useless and cannot fulfil their created purpose. The doorway into God’s presence is low and if you would enter you must bow in humility in order to come in. It is also narrow so that you cannot bring in any of what you would call your good works.

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