Hey Christian Metal Friends, Pastor Brad here.
THREE QUICK (and awesome) THOUGHTS --- Then we’ll dive right into another super encouraging thought from God’s Word this week.
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Okay, now ONWARD to another ENCOURAGING WORD for you this week!
This is killer…
Are you ready?
JESUS CAME DOWN & GOT DIRTY FOR YOU & ME!
Think about this, Jesus left GLORY and stepped down into our DIRTY MESS so that through faith in Him we can leave our DIRTY MESS ss and step up into HIS GLORY!
It’s July 4th weekend! We’re celebrating our freedom and independence! On this weekend we are reminded that FREEDOM is never FREE. As long as there are forces in this world that desire to take our freedom away ,freedom will always require a price. The American Revolution required deep courage and a conviction that said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” For our founding faithers, freedom was worth the ultimate sacrifice.
Guess what, for God our Father, and Jesus His Son, our Savior and Lord, our freedom from the wages of sin (death/separation from God) was worth the ultimate sacrifice too!
In my mind’s limited ability to comprehend this--Here’s how I understand what the Bible teaches about this. At the appointed time, the Father turned to the Son and said, “It’s time,” and whoosh--as the angel said to Mary “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God,” (Luke 1:35, NIV) Jesus was wrapped in flesh as an embryo, inside Mary’s womb. He experienced the truth of Psalm 139:13 (NIV) “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb” as the Father knit together the human body of our Savior.
Things weren’t too bad up to this point, but just about nine months later, on that first Christmas night--BAM--Jesus had to exit the comfort of his warm little living quarters and be born into this dirty world. The next thing Jesus knew he was wrapped in come old cloths and laid in a cows feeding trough (manger) with some very unpleasant aromas near by. Welcome to this dirty world Jesus!
From there, Jesus grew up. He experienced the full-gamut of human struggle and hardship.
Hebrews 4:15 (NIV) “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin.”
He went public with his ministry at His baptism in the Jordan River. Have you seen the Jordan river? It’s not exactly a clean, heated baptistery. Just think cold, mucky, bugs and brown. I’ve don’t plenty of baptisms where less than super warm water and one little bug on the surface felt like a BIG DEAL! Jesus went down in into that old muddy water “to fulfill all righteousness” (Mt. 3:15).
In his baptism, Jesus honored the Father, submitted Himself to the Father and was identified publically by the Father.
Matthew 3:16:17 (NIV) “ “As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’”
Jesus’ baptism set the stage for the Great Commission.
Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”
When we are baptized as Followers of Jesus, just like it was for Jesus, our baptism is a God Honoring, faith declaring, act of obedience and submission to God--It’s an act of identification to all who witness it, that we are disciples of Jesus Christ. So Jesus went down into that old muddy water, rose and stepped into his three years of public ministry. He taught us about our Heavenly Father and the Kingdom of God, and invited whosever would to follow Him as Messiah, Savior, and Lord. During His ministry he spent time with and loved on a lot of people that the Religious Establishment of the day saw as “untouchable dirty sinners.” So much so that the Religious Leaders, thinking they were criticizing Jesus, actually proclaimed a GREAT TRUTH about our Savior. In Luke 7:34, they called him a FRIEND OF SINNERS! Truth be told, sinners (which is a title that describes all of us) have never had a better FRIEND than Jesus--who was willing to leave the perfect, pristine surroundings of Heaven and come into this dirty old world to seek and shed his perfect blood on a cross to save sinners!
We were spiritually dead (Eph. 2:1), slaves to sin (Rom. 6:20), and condemned to Hell (Jn. 3:18). Jesus cured, rectified, fixed, ALL of that!
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
This is called THE GREAT EXCHANGE--It’s the greatest offer in the history of offers.
Jesus said, “I’ll take all your sin--and I’ll give you all my righteousness (right standing with God).
Jesus left glory and stepped down into your dirty mess so that through faith in Him you could leave our dirty mess and step up into His glory. QUESTION, have you taken Him up on His offer?
80s Christian Metal Blessings,