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For The World To See

I suspect that many of us have heard the story of Peter denying Jesus three times and probably thought, “I can’t believe he did that!” Have you ever had that thought? I know I have.

I mean really, how could you deny Jesus? Weenie!

In Matthew 10, Jesus says, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” (v.32-33).

It is pretty simple the way Jesus explains it. If you acknowledge me, then I will acknowledge you. If you deny me, then I will deny you.

I remember the Christian band DC Talk had this lyric in one of their songs that said, “you acknowledge me with your lips, then deny me with your life.”

We have all probably done just that. We say we know Jesus and then do whatever we want.

I think this statement by Jesus is pretty sobering. He expects us to live out our faith, not in secret, but publicly. He wants the world to hear and see his followers. This seems like a reasonable request for someone who died so that we might be reconciled back to God. Don’t you think?

I honestly can say that I don’t want Jesus to deny me before His Father, so my only proper response is to acknowledge Jesus in everything I say and do.

Pretty simple, right?

Consider:

We acknowledge Jesus when…

  • We aren’t afraid to SHARE our faith with others.
  • We lead our family in morning or evening devotionals.
  • We start a lunch time Bible study at work.
  • We won’t cheat at work or at home.
  • We vote our principles.
  • We love and help people.
  • We refuse to compromise our sexual purity with anyone.
  • We STAND UP any time there is an injustice.
  • We won’t allow the government to take away our FREEDOM.

-Pastor Daniel

Jesus Isn’t A Pansy!

Often times in our culture (even in the church) Jesus is emasculated to the point that he no longer is a strong man. He ends up being a weak-bunny loving-pseudo-man, who could never be “mean” to anyone.

I am exaggerating a little to make a point, but I do believe that often in the church we have created Jesus into a soft version of a man who happens to have superpowers.

I believe this is an inaccurate picture of my Jesus, or should I say the Jesus of the Bible (if I could be so bold). I am not sure what this says about me, but one of my favorite stories in Mark is when Jesus kicks some tail in the Temple.

Perhaps you have heard the story. Jesus has arrived back in Jerusalem and enters the Temple. He began “to drive out the people” who were buying and selling things, and then he started to knock “over the tables of money changers” who were selling animals.

He stopped the people from using the Temple as a marketplace. Jesus declares, “My Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves” (Mark 11:17).

He wasn’t happy and he acted in righteous anger. Perhaps this picture of Jesus makes you uncomfortable. Good! I hope it challenges all of us to think differently about our Lord.

He is strong, courageous, awesome, and was probably able to grow a really great beard–even better than any of the guys on Duck Dynasty!

Consider:

  • What ideas about Jesus do you have that aren’t Biblical?
  • Do you struggle with seeing Jesus as a tough guy? If so, why?
  • Do you think Jesus has been emasculated by our culture or perhaps even the church?
  • Continue reading the four gospels and write down all the things you notice about Jesus that might help you rightly describe him.

-Pastor Daniel