Dear Church Family,
Yesterday we read that the pharisees were desiring Jesus to show them a sign. They wanted Him to prove Himself. They wanted someone to follow. A miraculously flashy messiah who proved His worth to them. Yet, Jesus says, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” (Matthew 12:39) Which, Jesus explains, will be marked by Him being in the belly of the earth for 3 days.
The type of messiah they wanted was created in their imaginations and had everything to do with appearances. The messiah they had right in front of them was one who invites us to die to ourselves. Who would want that? Death is not pretty, powerful, or Instagram worthy. Yet, it is something greater than any prophet or queen in the world has ever done or heard. (Matthew 12:41-42).
The death of Christ grants us real freedom and empowers us to truly live whole and holy lives in relationship with God. His death reorients our understanding of good allowing our hearts to be emptied of the fool’s gold treasures of the world (Matt. 12:33-37), and filling our lives with the powerful wisdom of the resurrection life lived in pursuit of Christ (Matthew 12:43-45).
We do not need some appearance driven lifestyle which will pass with todays other fads. We need something greater, we need the death and resurrection of Christ. If Jesus were sitting across from you what would he be asking you to give up and allow to die, and what life would He offer you in its place?
Here’s a prayer from the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:15-23, would you pray this for our faith family today?
“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 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.”
We love you, We’re praying for you and we hope you have a wonderful Monday morning!