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Root or How To Live in the Extreme

Jesus doesn’t just deal with splinters, He takes care of the root.

I have four children. three of which are mobile and highly active, one is an infant. I have dealt with my share of cuts, scrapes, scratches, and splinters. I have taken the time with each of them to clean it, bandage it, and kiss it. This is similar to how Jesus helps us. But, He takes it up a notch.

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Message

Delivering a sermon that’s filled with “do more (whatever), try harder (in whatever area), be more (whatever)” is not the gospel. The Gospel is “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give you rest.”

Our job as ministers of this gospel of Grace is not to dangle grace to others only clobber them with Law when they come out of hiding.

Grace is the rest we give to the weary.

Grace is the drink we give to the thirsty.

Grace is the bread we give to the hungry.

Grace is the embrace we give to the lonely.

Grace is the soap we give to the dirty.

We must hold true to the message that Jesus offered. The message of rest for the weary. The message of backs free of burdens. The message of shoulders un-ladened.

Jesus has some pretty harsh words for those who don’t hold true to His message of relief.

Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’

Matthew 23:4-7 Message

Well, now that you mention it, watch out, all you religious scholars! Judgment will come on you too! You load other people down with unbearable burdens of rules and regulations, but you don’t lift a finger to help others.

Luke 11:46 Voice

The message we must deliver is the message of grace, truth, and love. This is the message the Christ has finished the work that we weren’t capable of completing. That is what we must proclaim to everyone!

We must be very careful not to lay burdens on the backs of anyone. We must pay careful attention to not wrap a “works-righteousness” brick in guilt, condemnation, or passive-aggressive expectations. We must wrap grace in the trappings of love, joy, and acceptance.

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Greater

15 But the gift of God through Christ is a very different matter from the “account rendered” through the sin of Adam. For while as a result of one man’s sin death by natural consequence became the common lot of men, it was by the generosity of God, the free giving of the grace of one man Jesus Christ, that the love of God overflowed for the benefit of all men.

16 Nor is the effect of God’s gift the same as the effect of that one man’s sin. For in the one case one man’s sin brought its inevitable judgment, and the result was condemnation. But, in the other, countless men’s sins are met with the free gift of grace, and the result is justification before God.

17 For if one man’s offence meant that men should be slaves to death all their lives, it is a far greater thing that through another man, Jesus Christ, men by their acceptance of his more than sufficient grace and righteousness, should live all their lives like kings!

Romans 15 (Phillips)

One of these things is not like the other.

Too many times I’ve allowed Adam’s fall stand taller and more unmovable than Christ’s finished work. I’ve also put more faith in what Adam did than what Christ did.

Let me explain.

It’s not that I haven’t believed what Jesus did was powerful, it’s just that I know that what Adam did messed up a lot of stuff. I can see what Adam’s sin messed up. I see it everyday. What Jesus did changed everything. I get it. But when I look around, it can be hard to see the effects.

Enter faith.

First, let’s determine what faith is. Merriam-Webster states that faith is a strong belief or trust in someone or something. The bible in Hebrews tell that “Faith is the reality of what we hope for, the proof of what we don’t see.”

Now, let’s look at how faith allows us to see Jesus’ work as the greater.

I could take several texts to prove this to you, but only one comes to mind. Paul put it so well to his letter to the Ephesian church.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might  that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Ephesians 1:17-23

So, it may not be easy. It may not be what you’re used to. It may not be “natural”. But, it’s truth. Unlearn, retrain, and re-learn the truth.

Jesus is greater, better, and more powerful than anyone else.

Hard Work

The Christian life is full of hard work.
Yes, it’s full of hard work. The hard work is not what you think it is. The hard work is to relax and receive of Christ’s finished work. It is counter-intuitive to our “do something” culture.

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