Thursday, July 31, 2014
All eyes are on Jesus, Conclusion
"The disciples left and did what Jesus had told them to do. They brought the
donkey and its colt and laid some clothes on their backs. Then Jesus got on."
(Matthew 21:6-7 CEV)
The last group we are going to look at is those who were committed. Not confused. Not pretending. Not curious. And definitely not in opposition.
A committed follower of Christ is one who follows Jesus' leadership without interrogating Him. That is possible because a committed follower is one who recognizes Jesus as Lord. Their is an obedience in their lives, that makes them ready to go where He leads. They fully understand that His mission was to bring a lost and dying world The Option that would re-unite them with a holy God
Truly committed followers give of themselves for Christ's mission, and we can look at their lives and see that they put others first. They are attentive to others' needs. They are acting in a sinful world as the eyes, ears, hands and feet of Jesus.
Putting it simply, as in Matthew's account above, they do "what Jesus ....told them to do."
We also see in committed followers the desire to worship Him. Seeing Him and giving Him glory is their first priority. Let's look back at John 12: 20-21:
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast.
They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,”
they said, “we would like to see Jesus.”
“We would like to see Jesus.”
Just take a moment and let that sink in.
Is that what you are saying as you rise each morning and talk with Him in prayer?
Is that what you desire when you worship?
What a difference we would see in our lives if we would say that. If we would come into His presence with glorifying Him on our minds. If we wanted more than anything else to honor Him.
Just think. What would it change in our lives if we would say, "We would like to see Jesus."
Oh, so much.
Because when we see Jesus and worship Him, God is glorified. You see, this is a life changer: when we recognize that Jesus embodies the love that God has for us, and that this love sent Him to the cross to die for us. There comes a time in our lives when it hits us: God gave His only Son to die for you and me; He did it so that we would not perish -- we'd have eternal, everlasting life. And when that hits us, it changes our perspective.
We see this truth. Really see it. And then we begin to worship Him. We surrender our whole hearts and souls to Him.
We want to follow Him. We want to obey His will. And we really, really want to honor and praise Him for all He has done (and is continuing to do) for us.
When we really want to see Jesus, that is when God is glorified.
On that day, when Jesus made this "triumphal entry" into the city, some of them had no idea why they were shouting "Hosanna!"
It's a Hebrew word that is translated "he who saves." Ahh, they were welcoming their King. But wait! A lot of them had an earthly king on their minds. One who would deliver them from the hated Romans.
But this King would not rule over Israel.
This was the King of heaven!
Some of them had no clue. But there were some, committed followers, who knew that they were honoring the King of kings and Lord of Lords. They were shouting praise to the Lamb of God, Who would take away the sins of the world.
Come to think of it, shouldn't we be doing that, too?