It’s Not What It Looks Like – Kerrin Wallis [30/09/2018 AM]
Kerrin told the story about when he was about to go Bass fishing with his brother and the police pulled him up. He had camouflage gear on and a knife. The police had a report about robberies in the area and thought he was involved.
But it was not what it looked like!
5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
7 You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honour
8 and put everything under their feet.”
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.
9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
- In Hebrews, Paul is speaking to the Jewish Christians and puts a framework around their faith.
- We mustn’t doubt our authority that we have as Christians. God is mindful of you and He cares for you.
- Jesus was crowned with glory and honour because He suffered death. Therefore, we have authority over any challenge
- Don’t let sickness or fear push you around. Believe God for the impossible. He will do it
- We don’t always see everything subject to us, but we see Jesus.
- We have to have an understanding about God’s plan for us.
- You need a theology to be able to get through the pressures of life.
- vs 8 There is nothing that is not subject to Jesus
- vs 9 Jesus now has all authority because of the Cross
- But we see Jesus. He gives us hope and understanding. He demonstrated how to live in a fallen, sinful world.
- In Jesus’ time there was oppression, slavery, corruption, paganism, fallen gods, murder, brutality, in other words a totally broken world.
- We don’t see a perfect world now, but we need to look to Jesus, see how He lived. He focused on God.
- We need to see Jesus’ focus. He was moved and motivated by an eternal focus.
- Kerrin went to a Defensive Driving School. There were cones set out on the driving course and they were asked to swerve between cones without knocking them over. All of the drivers failed at the first try.
- The instructor showed them push/pull steering and advised them to look where they wanted to go – between the cones not at them.
- All the drivers succeeded in driving around the cones after that.
- We need to have an eternal perspective – live on this earth looking to heaven not looking at our circumstances.
- We are citizens of Heaven and need to keep our focus on our future in Heaven.
Luke 2:48-50 (TLB)
48 His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son!” his mother said to him. “Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.”
49 “But why did you need to search?” he asked. “Didn’t you realize that I would be here at the Temple, in my Father’s House?” 50 But they didn’t understand what he meant.
- We need to be about Our Father’s business. Have a higher purpose and focus.
- Suicide biggest killer of the under 50’s at the moment. When you take purpose away people can’t function.
John 4:31-36 (TLB)
31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus to eat. 32 “No,” he said, “I have some food you don’t know about.”
33 “Who brought it to him?” the disciples asked each other.
34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work. 35 Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping. 36 The reapers will be paid good wages and will be gathering eternal souls into the granaries of heaven! What joys await the sower and the reaper, both together!
- Do God’s work on this earth. Your eternal reward is far greater when you have a firm conviction about Heaven.
Mat 6:19-21 (NKJ)
19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
33 and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.
- Change the world and bring people to Christ. It will change what you see when you have an eternal perspective.
Heb 11:13-16 (NLT)
13 All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
- The people were foreigners and nomads on earth but their focus was on their Heavenly homeland (vs 16).
- We need to live outside of this earth. Look for a better place – a heavenly homeland.
- Don’t look back to the past, change how you live. True life is living in surrender to God.
- We will live a lot longer in eternity.
- Kerrin and Tegan had a dog Max the Staffy who was the main focus of their attention until they had their boys then their focus was on the boys.
Is 55:9 (NLT)
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
- Jesus lived His life focused on Eternity. He could see beyond this world. He did all that He did knowing that Eternity was coming. Living this life from an Eternal perspective
Gen 18:25 (NLT)
25 Surely you wouldn’t do such a thing, destroying the righteous along with the wicked. Why, you would be treating the righteous and the wicked exactly the same! Surely you wouldn’t do that! Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?”
- Trust God. See Jesus. Focus on Jesus’ mission. What did He do? How do I live – what would Jesus do?
- Find the answer in the person of Jesus.
- He is the focus of Christianity. Turn your eyes on Jesus. He didn’t give up. He had faith and took steps of faith.
- Fight the fight of Faith. Don’t stop believing God for more, it allows you to see God’s perspective.
Rom 8:31-39 (NLT)
- Nothing can separate us from God’s love.
- We may not see it yet – but can see Jesus and focus on Him.
- We can press forward and believe God for what is to come.
- We are part of the living family of Heaven and our security and future is in Him. Then we will see clearly.
- Peter walked on water amid the waves and wind when he kept his eyes on Jesus.
- As long as we focus on Jesus we can overcome our adversity.
Questions for Study
- Can you see circumstances around you that are subject to you?
- Are you able to focus on your road ahead instead of the ‘cones’?
- When things are not looking good, are you able to see Jesus in them?
- What happens when purpose is taken away from people?
- Do you ask yourself ‘What Would Jesus do?’ when you are faced with adversity?