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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jesus' All Consuming Passion

Throughout the centuries, Christians have lived and died for the Word of God. In the largely secularized society that some of us live in, it probably sounds quaint or archaic. But because we profess to be believers of Truth, the Word of God are words to live and die by.

If I were to ask the question, why did the Son of God take on human flesh and invade human history 2000 years ago? What would you say?

Would you say that the Son of God came to die for human beings? But why did he do it?
It's this "why" question that I've been mulling over. It's important to get it right, methinks because it helps us shape our perspective on God and the scriptures.

Yesterday I heard something at church about the "why" question that bothered me. It triggered this particular train of thought. It was said on that occasion (something to the effect) that Jesus' all-consuming passion was people... that he loved being with people, demonstrated by the amount of time he spent with the sick, the despised and his followers.

I don't have any doubt that Jesus loved people and came to die for them so that he could bring as many of them as possible into heaven. But all that, it seems to me, is secondary.
Jesus came primarily because he wanted to be obedient to the Father... to carry out the Father's will.

"My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work." (John 4:34, ESV)

To carry out of the Father's will and to glorify him.

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, [2] since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. [3] And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. [4] I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. [5] And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.  (John 17:1-5 ESV)

That it seemed to me was Jesus' all consuming passion. And he proved by going to the cross and dying on it.
"Nevertheless, not my will, but yours be done". (Luke 22:42, ESV)

So, I ask myself... if I claim to be a Christ follower, do I truly follow... Am I driven by the same passion for the Father's will as he was?

On every level, it is impossible... but the Christ life is the impossible life. That is where grace comes in and takes a hold of us because we know that without him we can do nothing.

To God be the Glory.

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