Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
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When you come to the understanding that God is calling people to Himself from all of the nations of the earth, you begin to realize He is uniquely already inside their culture, doing His work. We must point out to people in these other cultures of the world what God is doing and how He is working. We must pray for leaders within that culture to have ears to hear and eyes to see.
This kind of global movement is happening today. This is what I call the Jesus movement. People from every nation are hearing God’s call on their lives and are responding by studying and worshiping Jesus in homes, mosques, temples, and government quarters. Dramatic changes are occurring in the individuals caught up in this movement. They love Jesus and diligently follow his teachings. They don’t call themselves Christians and they don’t call their gatherings “Churches.”
This movement is emerging not from any one religious sect or system. It is a movement of God-and it cannot be stopped! This is what was always intended. Even the Temple priest who first held Jesus in his arms as a baby knew clearly why Jesus came: “My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2)
Note the coming of the Messiah was to be a global event, not for one nation but for all nations. The one was a means to the other. A light was given to Israel, and it was to be a city set on a hill, so to speak, shining as a beacon of light to all the nations. Tragically, though, they hid that light by huddling around it themselves and consequently lost sight of their global mission.
Jesus not only acted out Abraham’s two-step; he taught Step 2 repeatedly. Jesus was clearly into opening the blinkered minds of those who would listen-those who might have ears to truly hear and eyes to truly see. I could cite several stories from the life of Jesus, but let me focus on just a couple.
After Jesus healed a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath, the religious leaders plotted how they might kill him. Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. Jesus warned them not to tell others about him. Matthew says, This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. In his name the nations will put their hope.” (Matthew 12)
Now, why on earth are the religious leaders so intent on killing Jesus, not discrediting him, but killing him? It all comes back to God’s intent with His two-part covenant with Abraham. Part I-the Jewish people will be blessed. Part II-the Jewish people are to share this blessing to the nations of the world. Part I was an easy application. Part II became most threatening to the Jewish leadership. Why? Because they had created a holy huddle and were most comfortable living within it. Holy huddle thinking produces twisted thinking of ownership and authorship, BUT GOD cannot be owned and needs no one’s authority. Today holy huddle thinking runs rampant within Christianity and many other religious systems. This is where Jesus enters in. One of Jesus’ primary missions was and is to break up holy huddles and set people free!
Do you know this freedom Jesus offers or are you still stuck in a holy huddle?
Think it over, hit the reply button and tell me what you think!