Monday, August 12

Make it about Jesus

Scripture: Jeremiah 10-12, John 14

John 14:1 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.

Observation

John 14 opens with Jesus making one startling statement after another about Himself, each one making Himself the issue.

He starts by calling us to believe in (trust) God and Him—He puts himself on equal footing with God.  “Believe in Me just like you believe in God.”  

When Thomas asks the way to the Father, Jesus answers, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through me.”  These words are either true, or Jesus is a megalomaniac of the highest order! 

When Thomas asks Jesus to show them the Father, Jesus is incredulous.  “Haven’t you been paying attention?  He who has seen me has seen the Father!”  Who can say that!  Only Jesus.  No one else dares.

Application

Jesus’ words set Him apart from everyone else.  He constantly pointed to Himself, made Himself the issue.  He made claims that are either true, or so outrageous that, in the words of C. S. Lewis, “He would either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg—or else he would be the Devil of Hell.”  

Today I played golf with 3 other pastors.  Two of them were talking shop—talking about church.  I teased them about doing that while golfing, and then turned to my partner and said, “How about Jesus?  Isn’t He great!”  I was teasing them—but I was struck by own joke!  How often we lose sight of the fact that it’s all about Jesus.  He made Himself the issue, and our focus is simply…Him.  

Make it about Jesus.  He did!

Prayer: Lord, help me to maintain a sharp focus on Jesus, and not be distracted by other things.  You are what matters!