What Jesus Loves to See January 20, 2020
Those who misidentify Jesus will also misidentify those who are important to Jesus! But Heaven sees what is missed on earth!
Pride says “look at me and what I bring to the table!” Humility says, “It’s not about me – it’s about Jesus and what He has done in my life!”
Jesus saw the others give from their surplus, thinking they were doing God a favor. Their gifts showed their half-hearted commitment. But Jesus saw the Luke 21 widow give sacrificially to the Lord. Her gift showed a heart fully ablaze for God!
Overlooked on Earth
There is no earthly RETIREMENT for God’s people – there is always something more to do for God’s glory! Be faithful when you are overlooked on earth – you are not being overlooked in HEAVEN. 11-10-19
A Loving Sacrifice
Why was it important that the eternal Son of God be born of a virgin as He became the Son of Man? It insured He would start life with NO sin nature, making Him a second Adam, fully human but without sin. That and His sinless life while on earth made Him able to be a perfect substitute for our sins, a loving sacrifice acceptable to God the Father! 10-15-19
Jesus calls us to weep over that which breaks His heart – spiritual lostness and its consequences (Luke 23:27-28) 11-10-19
Jesus Deals with Our Sins
Jesus had no problem identifying with a sinful family and world, even though He Himself never sinned. He had come to deal with their sins and ours! 10-15-19
Most of the “disciples” that day were “unbroken.” They would follow Jesus if He conformed to their expectations, but would walk away from the Biblical Jesus. That’s probably true of a lot of people reading this as well. 11-10-19
Do Unto Others
Jesus wonderfully summarizes Israel’s Civil Law when he says the entire law could be summed up in the words, “Do unto others as you’d have done unto you!” 10-15-19
Yield to Jesus
This unbroken donkey immediately did what the unbroken nation refused to do – yield to Jesus. 11-10-19
Laws Based on God's Character
In the sections of the Old Testament that cover the Civil Law of Israel (that don’t technically apply to Christians in this age of grace), we are still looking for how those laws are based on God’s character and His care for His people, particularly the most vulnerable among them. There is much to learn about God and what’s important to Him in those passages! 10-15-19
A God Who Loves Mercy
And because this holy God really is also a God who loves mercy, even though He has clearly instructed the people through Moses, He tells Moses to get back down the mountain and tell people not to break through and die! Oh the kindness of God! He always gives a warning before judgment comes, and often gives multiple warnings!
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance. -Rom. 2:4 11-10-19