We are continuing our series on obedience…today we are looking at Jesus.
Jesus told Philip:
“Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
John 14:9 NET
On Father’s day, there is no better time to see the Father by looking at the Son and at God’s plan of obedience and its intended result of bringing many sons and daughters to glory.
Last week we saw how God’s ways are perfect and any deviation from those ways results in darkness.
I have heard people preach that all of creation is good until we get to man being alone; but that is not true. The darkness on the face of the deep was not good…it was chaos. It was a mess…it was an empty vastness berieved of anything good. While the cause is debatable, the remedy is apparent. God inseminated the light smack dab in the middle of the darkness. That was good, it was the first good…it was the best good!
Jesus Christ is the light of mankind!
“In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it. A man came, sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that everyone might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was created by him, but the world did not recognize him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not receive him. But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name – he has given the right to become God’s children – children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.”
John 1:4-13 NET
God’s plan of obedience is at the heart of this process of light being brought into the darkness.
As a result of the light, God has given man the choice to obey; but they have failed…embracing the darkness…even loving the darkness.
“Now this is the basis for judging: that the light has come into the world and people loved the darkness rather than the light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil deeds hates the light and does not come to the light, so that their deeds will not be exposed. But the one who practices the truth comes to the light, so that it may be plainly evident that his deeds have been done in God.”
John 3:19-21 NET
God then gave the law to instruct and train us in our choices and to show us how to come to the light, but we all went our own way.
As a result we all became a slave to sin. We were imprisoned in the darkness with no hope…until Jesus!
“He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,”
Colossians 1:13-15 NET
Notice the spiritual and the practical: the transferral of kingdoms is not something I can necessarily appreciate, but walking in freedom from my sins I can feel everyday.
Last week, we distinguished between obedience out of fear that Is purely submission to a greater force and obedience out of love. We defined that obedience out of love is done by devoting all of our resources to a task. This includes time, emotion and above all the will. In that regard God was obedient to His plan of salvation and likewise so was Jesus.
As we see the Son, so we see the Father.
Jesus’ obedience demonstrates true righteousness.
“For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man many will be made righteous.”
Romans 5:19 NET
What exactly was His obedience?
How difficult was it for Jesus to be obedient?
What was the nature of His obedience?
If you asked me to eat a pie, I would have no trouble obeying you? If you asked me to go without coffee for a week, we might have some problems.
“From that time on Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and experts in the law, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. So Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him: “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what does it benefit a person if he gains the whole world but forfeits his life? Or what can a person give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, there are some standing here who will not experience death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.””
Matthew 16:21-28 NET
Jesus wants to share a His mission with them. He wants them to see…to show is to open one’s eyes.
Forbid means to not allow you to go through something mercifully
A stumbling block: Peter was tempting Jesus. “You are evoking my very desires to not want to do this”. He did not joy in the cross…He rejoiced in the impact and the fruit of Hus labour.
“keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set out for him he endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NET
Become my follower…(not attend church and call yourself a Christian)…become like Me…become a son, receive the light..receive the life of men
Deny himself…deny his thoughts of concern for self first
Done…this means a transaction. We are not judged on our deeds…we are urged on whether we do this transaction/this exchange. Only when we lose this life, will we gain real life…gain the light!
As difficult as this was…His promise was that some standing there would experience it.
What about us today?
Will some of us not die before seeing the Son come in the power of His kingdom…the transferral of kingdoms in our hearts?
This is such a win…what will we profit by not doing this?
We want our obedience to be easy…we don’t like our obedience to be hard.
The obedience of Jesus is demonstrated not by the cross, but by His response to the cross. The knowledge of His mission and the utter devotion of His nature, time and resources to accomplish it…and in essence accomplish God’s will.
Not my will, but your will be done!
Can we say this honestly today?
Pastor James Sanders