Happy New Year!! Welcome to 2014. What an exciting year we have ahead! We at Gravity Church are SO excited to get back together and share in what God is doing in the city of Calgary. In light of this- here is the post from December’s message to remind us of who Jesus is! I have also attached the link to the live message.
Pastor Joel began the message by sharing the original Christmas story, taken from the book of Matthew. We start in Matthew 2, where upon the birth of Jesus, the Magi from the East attend Him.
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Let’s think of what we may know as the typical Nativity scene. The wooden pieces or the hollowed out glass images of Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus, the shepherds and certainly, the three wise men. Were there really merely three wise men? The message begins with questioning the traditional scene. Why is this important? It provides an understanding and insight into who Jesus is from the earliest sources. Jesus is seen as the fulfilment of prophecy, dictated in Daniel, of which the wise men would be privy to.
In reality, it is more probable that 200 men from the Far East travelled to see Joseph, Mary and the child Jesus. The reasoning behind three men in theory, is the mention of three specific gifts these men brought with them; gold, frankincense and myrrh. The truth as history dictates, is that travellers would never do so in smaller units, in this case, merely three men. The men from the Far East would travel in bands of many, to discourage and live in safety against thieves and bandits.
Why would the wise men undertake such a journey? These men would have referred to the words of Daniel and sought out this child.
However, the message continues with stating the reality of a movement of people who indicate or claim that Jesus did not actually exist. Peter Joseph in 2006-2007 raised this notion in his film Zeitgeist, which is German for “Spirit of the Age”. This film claims that the Bible stole the virgin birth, the 12 disciples, the miracles, the crucifixion and the Resurrection from astrological sources and ancient pagan religions.
The propositions are dismissed by other historians of the day.
http://www.alwaysbeready.com/ is an excellent research for further insight into this topic. We must decide as we continue in learning who Jesus is, that we agree of His existence.
It is clear that the wise men desire relationship with their maker. Were Jesus to show up in Airdrie, would we not go to see Him?? The wise men learn where the child is and they seek after Him. Wisdom is a continual seeking, not believing that you have arrived. Wisdom is the pursuit of what is not yet had. Wise men still seek Him. In light of being a Christian, am I [are you?] seeking God?? Is there a passion, a desire to seek after Him?? This is the challenge posed forward and provides insight to the following.
Who is Jesus? He is a man whom:
1. Wise men seek
2. Proud men fear Him v. 3. When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.
Who is Herod?? Herod is freaking and the wise men are seeking when Jesus is born. Herod wanted to hold onto power. Most of us need to be in control of something. The idea of another King coming along, the idea of allowing control for something to belong to another, this is what is . The greatest deception of Satan is to keep us from seeking.
Herod is fearful of losing or surrendering his freedom. Who is on the throne of my life? True freedom comes from surrendering.
3. Religious people miss Him v. 4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.
The religious people of the day tell King Herod where Jesus is and who He is and yet, they remain where they are. The blessing is in doing, not just knowing!!
In summary, Who is Jesus?
Jesus is the Son of God, a man born of a virgin, who died on the cross for the sin of mankind and invites us to have relationship with Him! He is the doer of miracles, the calmer of hearts and the stirrer of minds. Ask Him who He is and He will reveal Himself to you!
Until January 09!