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W. W. J. S. -pt.-1
WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s message will bring a different slice of each portion of the title; which is W. W. J. S.
Yes you heard it right… not the often mentioned….. W-W-J-D but W-W-J-S.
Which stands for What Would Jesus Say.
For Number 1 we’ll begin with….. What Would Jesus Say About Me?
And for that we’ll go to: Jame 3:9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it breaks out into curses against those who have been made in the image of God.
Before we get bogged down with the hopes and fears of this young year, let us take a few moments to ponder the deeper meanings of life. Who am I? What do I want? Where am I going? Are not these the essential questions of human existence? While we ask them for a lifetime, Jesus gave answers to them for all time. So let us hear today what Jesus has to say about you and me.
Concerning the question, “Who Am I?” Jesus answers, ‘You are a divinely designed child of God.’
In the midst of current clamor over human cloning and the constant reminders of bodily toning, maybe it is time to hear another voice, the voice of scripture.
The Bible says, “God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God He created them.” We are spiritual beings. We are God-made. We were created by God and we bear a resemblance to God.
Our problem is that sin clutters our thinking, evil works on our mind. Poor choices make us slaves to secondary causes. In our desire to find the image of God, we try to become gods. In so doing, we miss the mystery and meaning of what it is to be a human being.
Like God, we have the ability to reason, think, solve problems, but fear drives us to use our intellect for selfish gain. Like God, we were made for relationships and designed to live in pure unbounded love, but love gets distorted into promiscuous sex, pornography, and power plays between people.
Though we err and stray from God’s ways like lost sheep, and follow too much the devices and desires of our own heart, we are really not very happy with it and fail to find satisfaction in it. Jesus came to restore us to our true identity. Christ is light shining in our darkness. He is love softening our hatred. He came as a guide showing us the way to live. He was full of grace and truth which helps us find our way home. In Jesus we can rediscover the lost “image of God” within. So I ask myself, who am I? Jesus would say, ‘You are endowed and designed as a child of God.’
What do I want? Jesus says you are created with spiritual desires. What do you want? Not what do you wish for, fantasize about, or add to your shopping list; that’s not the real question. The real question is what do you long for? What is your deepest heart’s desire?
I know it is hard to express it, isn’t it? Like children standing at a refrigerator when coming home from school, we want something, but we are not sure what we want. So we find ourselves trying to satisfy this inner hunger. We try things and go places, earn advancements, move to new houses, divorce and remarry, take up a hobby, try to do good deeds, all the while we are thirsty for God to fill our cup and make us whole.
We ask, where am I going and Jesus says, “You have an eternal destiny.”
Like Disciple Thomas, we may need it explained over and over. The Lord will be patient with us. Like Phillip we may need to be shown again and again. Just keep coming back until assurance arrives.
And now for Number 2 of W. W. J. S. What Would Jesus Say About Modern Churches?
For it we’ll look at: Mark 1: 1,7, This messenger, was John the Baptist. 7 He announced: “Someone is coming soon who is far greater than I am – so much greater that I am not even worthy to be his slave.
If Jesus came to our church to spend a day or two, I think He would say:… Make the main-Man the main-thing. Christ himself is Christianity. This is not your church. This is not my church. In spite of the trust clauses in our deeds, the church does not belong to the Denominations. The Church belongs to Christ. We must seek His will. We must follow His ways. We must do His work while it is still day.
If Jesus came to our church to spend a day or two, I think he would say: Discover the power of prayer.
A kind of pragmatic secularism has crept into the Church. While people continue to profess a belief in a supernatural God, they proceed to order their lives in ways that short circuits that belief. One of the hardest things to find in church is a prayer meeting. Look at your church bulletin. We offer sermons, seminars, receptions, studies, workshops, blood drives, auctions, choirs, and even Super Sunday….. but where is the prayer?
This is what He says: “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.”