The Messianic Kingdom


Deeply ingrained in the history of Israel are the prophecies of a coming Messiah. Jacob – given the name Israel by God – prophesied this about One coming from Judah:

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The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people. Binding his donkey to the vine, and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes. GENESIS 49:10-11 NKJV

Here’s what the prophet Amos had to say about the coming of the Messiah:

On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine. AMOS 9:11 & 9:13 NKJV

Describing the changes Messiah’s kingdom will create, Isaiah prophesied this:

On this mountain the LORD of Hosts will prepare a banquet for all the peoples, a feast of aged wine, of choice meat, of finely aged wine. On this mountain He will swallow up the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; He will swallow up death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face and remove the disgrace of His people from the whole earth. Isaiah 25:6-8 Berean Study Bible

Jesus’ first miracle was performed at the wedding in Cana.

You find the story in JOHN 2:1-11. It was there, Jesus turned the water into wine.

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Weird thing to do for His first miracle. But, it was very significant.

Why?

It announced the beginning of The Messianic kingdom!

Wine was prophesied as being abundant in Messiah’s kingdom because biblically it represents abundance, joy, and celebration.

What did the miracle at the wedding announce?

The Kingdom is here!

Jesus is the prophesied Messiah and is bringing us the kingdom.

Jesus is providing for His own.

The bridegroom was responsible for providing at the wedding feast. The Bridegroom of us all is providing everything we need for life and godliness.

Jesus is taking us from cleansing to a new creation.

John the Baptist preached a baptism in water for repentance. Jesus took the cleansing pots filled with water and turned the water into wine.

Jesus is the bringer of the Spirit.

When the Spirit fell on the day of Pentecost, the onlookers said that the believers were full of new wine.

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Jesus is the bringer of the new wine – the releaser of the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.

Jesus is the prophesied Messiah! His kingdom is characterized by the creation of new wine! Come all who are thirsty! Enter into the joy of the Lord!

Set Your Coordinates


We are in the first month of a brand new year. Here’s what the Lord is saying to me about this time:

If you want to reach a destination, you have to set the correct coordinates to get you there.

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A pilot of an airplane must know where he is going before he can set his coordinates to reach that destination. There is a correct set of coordinates that must be placed into the plane’s guidance system to reach the specific destination. Even just a slight error in the coordinates can cause the plane to miss its destination – sometimes by hundreds of miles!!

What is your destination?

Heaven? Yes, mine too!

But while we are here in this earth, God has a plan for us. It is called “the will of God”. The will of God is found in our “manual” for guidance – the Bible. If you are going to reach the destination called “the will of God” for your life, you must set your “coordinates” or live your life according to the Word of God.

Tolerating just a little disobedience to the Bible can cause you to end up miles away from your destination.

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Jesus said in Matthew 6:33: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

This scripture tells us the destination – the kingdom of God and Jesus’ righteousness – and it tells us the priority that destination should have – first in our lives in time, energy, and resources. It also tells us that if we set our coordinates on the kingdom, everything else we need will be given to us as well.

Following Jesus’ teaching on this in Matthew 6, let’s focus on doing these three things this year:

  1. I will not seek “life” from anything else but my relationship with Jesus.

“Life is more than food and the body more than clothing”. You can’t find real life in achievement or acquiring goods or in self actualization. You find real life in Jesus.

2. I will receive Christ’s love for me this year.

“Are you not of more value than they?” Even many Christians don’t experience the Lord’s love for them because they allow arguments regarding their past, their imperfections, or their inability to grasp its wonder keep them from receiving Christ’s love. This year, stop all argument and receive it!

3. I will trust God’s word this year.

“All these things will be added to you”. The pathway to God’s blessing is in obedience to His Word. Don’t accept any other alternative to the Bible as a way of getting needs met.

If you do these three things this year, your coordinates will be set on the kingdom. If your coordinates are correct, you will reach the destination – the will of God!

More Christmas Scandal


Last time, we looked at Gabriel’s visitation to Mary. We pondered the reality of scandal that God’s extension of grace brought to Mary. There is one more person who these events challenged: Joseph.

You find the story in Matthew 1:18-25.

We do not know if Mary told Joseph about the word from Gabriel but if she did, Joseph didn’t believe it.

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When Joseph became aware of Mary’s pregnancy, he decided to divorce Mary. The word delivered by Gabriel seemed too fantastic to believe. Can you imagine what was going through Joseph’s mind?

His wife betrayed him. Unless what she told him was true? How could it be! The story she did tell just makes things worse. Why doesn’t she just be honest instead of coming up with some crazy story that implicates God Himself in this. The betrayal isn’t just a physical and relational one but a spiritual one too.

If this story gets out in town, no telling what will happen.

In spite of his frustration, Joseph is a “just” man. The word “just” means godly in behavior but also in attitude. Joseph doesn’t want to take this to the religious authorities. If he does, Mary will not simply be liable for the adultery – which carries the death penalty but liable as a blasphemer as well for saying she carries God’s Son.

The “kind” thing would be to divorce her privately.

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As Joseph thinks on this, he has a dream. In the dream, an angel tells him that what Mary has said is true. He reminds Joseph that the Word says a virgin will bear the Son of God.

Would you believe this? Would your parents believe you or would they press you to divorce?

Could you believe that God chose you and your wife to bear the Son of God? Why not a king or rich man or a priest? Could you believe the incredible nature of His choice?

Joseph chose to believe in spite of all these questions.

What type of faith does it take to believe something like this?

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Can you believe for what God seeks to do in your life? If you do, get ready for a little “scandal” to be mixed in with the fulfillment!

“Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Romans 9:33

A little “scandal” but no shame. I’ll take that any day to be used by God!

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Christmas Scandal


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We are in the season of Christmas. I would like to tell the story of the impending birth of Jesus from the perspective of His parents. Today, we begin with His mother, Mary.

You can read about the story in Luke 1:26-38.

The scene of this story – Nazareth is not mentioned in the Old Testament. The town is located in the hills. During biblical days, the town possessed about 15,000 to 20,000 souls. It’s name springs from the Greek form of the Hebrew word:

Netser: a “shoot” or a “sprout”

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Nazareth was a despised place by the Jews. It was part of Galilee where many Gentiles lived among the Jews. Maybe it was the presence of the Gentiles that brought this contempt. Or as Jews from other areas reported the “rude, less cultivated” character of the people who lived there could have contributed to its negative reputation.

It was to this place that a being from the presence of God with a special message was dispatched. He appeared to a young woman named Miriam or Mary.

It is believed that Mary was a teenager at the time of Gabriel’s visitation. To this teen was given a message that would change the world and she was going to play a role in that plan.

The angel told Mary she was highly favored by God and blessed by Him. How may of you would love to hear that?

Then the angel told her that she would be the mother of the promised Messiah from the household of David – the Son of God whose name would be Jesus.

Mary was officially married to a descendant of David named Joseph. In traditional Jewish fashion, their marriage was official but the joining together as husband and wife had not yet occurred.

How would this word from God that Mary would be Jesus’ mother come to pass? Mary was not yet intimate with Joseph.

It would be a miraculous conception with the Holy Spirit as the agent of pregnancy.

Have you ever had God give you a word about your life whose fulfillment will require scandal?

Every fulfillment of God’s plan includes an element of scandal.

In other words, there will be people who will not understand. There will be some loss of esteem in the eyes of others to see the plan come to pass.

This will not go over well in Nazareth. Mary’s husband will not understand and she will probably go through a divorce. Her reputation will be up for scrutiny. Her story of God’s word and intervention will cause many to scoff at her.

The very extension of God’s grace toward Mary has created a pathway of scandal before her.

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This is the moment many say “no thanks” to the word from God or this is the moment many argue with God for their own plan which includes nothing but praise from people.

Mary’s response?

“I am the Lord’s servant! Let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

Mary gave the Lord “fiat”.

fiat: a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)

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Mary’s agreement with God was logged into the courts of heaven as binding with all the power and resources of the heavenly court supporting its origination and its existence.

Will you give the Lord similar sanction in your life? Are you prepared for the “scandal” God’s word will bring to your life? Is being used by God more important than your reputation? Will you say “yes” to God?

3 Fears we cannot take into 2022 (part 3)


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I have shared with you a message from the Holy Spirit regarding fears that we must get rid of because they will work against God’s plan for you in 2022.

The first was a fear of death. A fear of death will interfere with you finishing your ministry. The second was the fear of the enemy. The enemy is going to challenge God’s purpose for your life, but you need not fear because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Today, we finish with our third fear. Before we begin, let’s look again at God’s word regarding fear:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7

Fear that tries to stop you from obeying your God is an enemy. Fear originates from a lack of trust in God’s word and a lack of security in His love. If you love the Lord more than anything else – fear will not stop you from obeying Him.

With that foundation, let’s move to the final fear we must get rid of – the fear of disappointment.

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As believers, we sometimes disagree with God over how and when He should perform His purposes. We read the gospels – the book of Acts and the desire for kingdom exploits fills us with anticipation for what is to come.

But, the pathway to the promise confuses – God’s timing and His ways are perfect but discontent builds when He doesn’t follow our order of fulfillment. The Holy Spirit has instructed me to tell you that you will not be disappointed if you trust Him. Trust equates to faith. Faith equates to fulfillment. Fulfillment equates to joy. So, you can live with constant joy because you will not be disappointed by God.

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ROMANS 5:5

Rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Don’t allow tribulations or the passing of time confuse you about God’s purposes. Even tribulation and waiting upon God are producing for you.

Your confident assurance/hope in God will not bring disappointment. You already have the death and resurrection of God. You already have the infilling of His Holy Spirit. You already abide in His love.

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How can you believe that disappointment will be the product of these realities?

2022 will be a year of warfare. It will be a year of confrontation. But it will not be a year of disappointment!

But I am still full of confidence, because I know whom I have trusted, and I am sure that he is able to keep safe until that Day what he has entrusted to me. 2 Timothy 1:12 GNT

I have no reason to fear death but I have a lot of reason to celebrate it.

I have no reason to fear the enemy but he has a lot of reasons to fear me.

I have no reason to fear disappointment because God will not fail.

3 fears we cannot take into 2022 (part 2)


What does the Bible say about fear?

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7 AMPLIFIED

The first fear I wrote about that we cannot take into 2022 is the fear of death. Today, we discover the second: a fear of the enemy.

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Over time, Christianity has fallen more out of favor in America due to the rise of humanism and godless intellectualism. People are not the enemy – we must remember this during these days – but the enemy is using people and institutions as tools to intimidate believers in Jesus.

Once we are born again, the enemy loses control over our lives. Even when we go through hard times, God is in control of how “hot” things get – not the enemy. Knowing this helps tremendously when encountering a challenge.

The enemies’ goal is to control. He can’t control the lives of believers so he seeks to take control over seats of authority to enact ungodly agendas and he does this through intimidating and confusing the church.

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Confusion occurs when people in the church believe one way and act another. Intimidation occurs when Satan backs down fearful and insecure believers.

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The enemy will not change his tactics. He will continue his current strategy.

He will use your friends, your colleagues, your family, your neighbors, the media, the politicians, the professors, those who hate God – to see if there abides any fear of death, fear of unpopularity, fear of lack, fear of confrontation; etc. in you.

He will threaten to fire you, kill your children, make you an outcast, make you poor, put you in jail – even kill you if you do not bow to his agenda.

Jesus said this about the Christian life:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.” MATTHEW 10:16

Here is Jesus’ summation regarding the believer’s response to opposition:

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” MATTHEW 10:32-33

Why do we fear the enemy?

Bottom line: We are not receiving Christ’s love for us and thus we are not believing His Word to us.

Here is the solid truth – the “verily” truth regarding believers and the enemy:

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” LUKE 10:19

Here is what Jesus said to Peter when he confessed Christ’s lordship:

“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” MATTHEW 16:18

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Peter – petros, a small or detached stone. Rock – petra, bedrock or a huge rock. Jesus uses a simple play on the Greek words petros and petra in this verse. Throughout the N.T. Christ is clearly depicted as both the foundation petra and chief cornerstone of the church. Here He praises Peter for his accurate confession of faith in Him as Messiah.

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Every believer who knows what the Bible says about Jesus and acts upon that truth possess a revelation which the gates of hell cannot overcome! Peter knew that what Jesus said about the “Rock” of revelation applied not just to him but to all believers. Peter explains the role of believers as “living stones” in the church which is built on Christ as the foundation and cornerstone (1 Pet 2:5-6).

You are the devil’s worse nightmare! Don’t live in fear of a devil whose worse fear is you walking in the power of Christ! Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 10:26: “Therefore do not fear them.”

The fulfillment of your calling depends upon your faith in Jesus which releases within you freedom from the fear of the enemy. Walk in your God given liberty today!

3 Fears we cannot take into 2022


The Lord has shared something with me that I must share with you before the end of this year. He highlighted 3 fears we cannot take with us into 2022. Let’s look at the first today.

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We live in a changing reality that I believe is revealing what was always present within us.

This changing reality includes attacks against Christ like living, the rise of COVID, and the intrusion of government coercion.

These are not “fake” news but real issues.

The rise of these issues is causing an increase of fear in people.

The second epistle to Timothy gives us the overall truth regarding fear:

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but (He has given us a spirit) of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control. 2 TIMOTHY 1:7 AMPLIFIED VERSION

The fear of death is one of the most common fears. 2021 statistics reveal this about people and COVID:

48% of Americans are afraid of dying with coronavirus.

62% of Americans are afraid a relative is going to die with coronavirus.

36% of Americans say the pandemic has significantly impacted their psychological health.

59% of Americans report the pandemic has had a significant impact on their daily routine.

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Today, let’s talk about the fear of death.

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We always have a choice.

If we give away our choice, we give away our freedom. If we give away our choice, we give away our calling.

Jesus said this to us:

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell. MATTHEW 10:28

If we are not to fear those who can kill the body – should we fear that which can?

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. HEBREWS 2:14-15

We are not to be held in slavery by a fear of death. Jesus overcame the one who holds the power of death to free us so we could live fearlessly for God.

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. LUKE 14:26

Hate his own life – what does that mean? Maybe the apostle Paul can answer that for us:

And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. ACTS 20:22-24

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That I might finish my course and the ministry that the Lord has given to me.

I hear someone thinking: But, believers have died from COVID since this all began. Couldn’t those deaths have been prevented with more precautions?

We are acting as if our goal is to live here forever. Over these many years since Jesus ascended, believers have died from many things. Were those deaths occasions to cease the ministry of the Lord?

If the people of God stop their ministry out of a fear of anything, the world is left without recourse.

Let’s finish with words from Jesus:

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” JOHN 11:25

Jesus Method of Changing the Imperfect


Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. John 13:1

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In the amazing story of Jesus washing His disciples feet – we behold the Perfect Lord serving the imperfect disciples. The disciples were the beginning of the church of Jesus.

When I study this passage, I get a view inside Jesus’ method of change.

Did the disciples need to be changed? You bet. So, how did Jesus go about changing them?

If we answer this, I believe that we can learn how to deal with a church that is not perfect.

First, we see the phrase we read above:

Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

Jesus loved them to the end. Here’s His word regarding His disciples:

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” John 6:70 English Standard Version

When you read this story, you see two things:

First, God chose the disciples in all their imperfections. Two, God chose one of them knowing he was motivated by the devil.

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Think on this: God chose an imperfect church. Even the devil has his role to play in the journey.

And, His method of change for this imperfect church was to love them to the end.

The Greek word used here to describe “to the end” is the word:

Telos: a) He loved them through each stage until all is fulfilled. b) He was willing to pay whatever cost to reveal His love

This is the word from which we get our word “telescope”. Being able to see the end while knowing where you are.

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A popular method of change today when dealing with the imperfect church is to “abandon ship”. Leaving for another opportunity or experience was not Jesus’ method of changing the disciples/His church.

Can you imagine how much “stuff” Jesus has put up with in His relationship with you?

Jesus’ method of change involved:

Love rather than judgment

Presence rather than abandonment

After washing His disciple’s feet, Jesus said:

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Here, Jesus introduced one more method of change:

Sharing rather than withholding

How many of our methods of bringing change to an imperfect church are simply not in line with Jesus’?

I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

We are not to exalt our methods above His.

Jesus told His disciples that they would have a hard time understanding His methods.

What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.

Why would we understand later?

We would have His example empowered by His Spirit.

I hear someone asking, “what do we do about the devils among us? Boy, we’ve got some in the church!

Jesus knows who the devils are and will root out betrayal.

This requires trust in the Head of the Church. How does the Perfect effect change in the Imperfect? He serves it. How are we supposed to respond to the imperfect church? The same as Jesus.

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If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Doctrine is not Legalism


John 7:16 in the New King James Version quotes Jesus:

“My doctrine is not My own, but His Who Sent Me.”

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It is very easy to confuse doctrine with legalism. Doctrine can be defined as: “function of God”. Doctrine reveals God’s ways to us. You can’t know someone without knowing their ways – not in the sense of true knowing – in the context of relationship.

Legalism can be defined as: “function of man”. Legalism is anything added to the Word of God as a necessity for salvation or holy living. Salvation also means “deliverance”. Knowing that is important at the end of this blog.

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Mark 7:7 reflects Jesus’ condemnation of legalism by rebuking those who teach the commandments of men as equal to the commands of God.

Knowing and following the doctrine or teachings of Christ is essential to knowing Him and walking in holiness. Jesus said in John 8:32, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

Doctrine frees you and reveals Jesus while legalism binds you and disappoints.

Don’t fall under any teaching that does not originate in the Bible.

One final balance to this:

Don’t be one who wants Jesus’ assistance but who rejects His lordship.

In these crazy times, I see many who want Jesus’ assistance or deliverance in their lives but when the subject of submission to Jesus is brought up, they stumble.

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You cannot get the full release of Jesus’ assistance without submission to His Word.

Doctrine frees and releases Jesus’ power. Wanting Jesus’ blessing without accepting submission to Him is another form of legalism. It’s simply man’s way of trying to manipulate God. Adding or taking away from His word brings a curse instead of a blessing.

Jesus has great things for you but you must close the door to the devil. There is an old saying: “You can’t ride two horses with one rear end”.

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Establish Jesus as your Lord. Break free from man’s ways. Accept the goodness of God.

Attending an Imperfect Church


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John chapter 13 tells the story of Jesus washing His disciple’s feet.

In this amazing account, we see the Perfect serving the Imperfect. The disciples were the first members of the church. When I study this passage, I get a view inside Jesus’ method of change.

Did the disciples need to be changed? You bet. So, how did Jesus go about changing them?

If we look at this, I believe that we can learn how to deal with a church that is not perfect.

First, we see this phrase:

Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.

When Jesus found His own, He loved them to the end.

Jesus stated that He had chosen His own.

I have called you back from the ends of the earth, saying, ‘You are my servant.’ For I have chosen you and will not throw you away. ISAIAH 41:9

This was God’s word to an imperfect Israel. Here’s His word regarding His disciples:

Jesus answered them, “Did I not choose you, the twelve? And yet one of you is a devil.” John 6:70 English Standard Version

If you read this words as they are spoken, then you see two things: first, God chose the disciples in all their imperfections. Two, God chose one of them knowing he was motivated by the devil.

Repeat this to yourself: God chose an imperfect environment. Even the devil had his role to play in the journey.

And, His method of change for this imperfect environment was to love them to the end.

The Greek word used here to describe “to the end” is the word:

Telos: a) He loved them through each stage until all is fulfilled. b) He was willing to pay whatever cost to reveal His love

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This is the word from which we get our word “telescope”. Being able to see the end while knowing where you are.

Another insight is that Jesus’ method of change did not include abandoning ship. Can you imagine how much “stuff” Jesus has put up with in His relationship with Israel and the church?

Jesus’ method of change involved:

Love rather than judgment

Presence rather than abandonment

After washing His disciple’s feet, Jesus said:

If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.

Here, Jesus introduced one more method of change:

Sharing rather than withholding

How many of our methods of bringing change are simply not in line with Jesus’?

I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.

We are not to exalt our methods above His.

Jesus told His disciples that they would have a hard time understanding His methods.

What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.

Why would we understand later?

We would have His example coupled with His Spirit.

Pastor, what do we do about the devils among us?

Jesus knows who the devils are and will root out betrayal.

This requires trust in the Head of the Church. How does the Perfect effect change in the Imperfect? He serves it.

If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.