[Gary Thompson, Campus Pastor, ECC Jackson Lake Campus :: Sunday, Mar. 11, 2012]
Is Jesus enough?
A fan cheers, a follower is in the game.
A fan watches, a follower sacrifices.
A fan is fair weather, a follower sticks around.
Saltine cracker example. Gary loves em..his kids, not so much.
They’re his first choice but his kids will only eat them when there is nothing else left.
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” (John 6:26, 27 NLT)
1. When Jesus is the only thing on the menu, you find out if he’s the one you were hungry for.
Fago de Chao: buffet restaurant where you can eat as much as you want.
Sometimes we treat Jesus like that. We want the stuff he has to offer.
But that’s not why Jesus came. He’s not a cosmic genie in a bottle.
Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (John 6:35 NLT)
Jesus is saying HE is all we need. And we don’t need all the stuff.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33 NLT)
Sometimes we misuse this verse. We look to this verse and want the stuff Jesus offers.
This is exactly what the fans did.
2. When you really know Jesus as Lord you won’t want to leave him.
Some folks think that Jesus is a crutch. That it’s an easy way out.
- Have you ever tried to love unconditionally?
- Ever tried to forgive someone who has talked behind your back?
- Have you ever had to show patience in the Wal-Mart line?
Yes, sometimes following Jesus is very hard.
- When a loved one dies..
- When the marriage fails..
- When the cancer comes back..
- When you get laid off..
And following Jesus becomes hard..trusting him becomes a chore.
Sometimes he’ll close down the buffet line. And he wants our attention. He wants us to want HIM more than anything.
At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:66-69 NLT)
All of the fans left..and Jesus turns to his disciples and asks if they want to leave too?
Remember dating..and you’re paying for the bill. Dinner..movie..popcorn..drink..$$$!!!
The more you go out, the more money you invest.
The next date you go to the park, spend no money, but you share your heart, how much you love them, how much you want to be with them forever.
What if their response was, “this is it? THIS is our date? You mean you’re not buying me anything?”
The date was in it for stuff..not for the relationship.
And we treat Jesus the same way.
3. When you follow Jesus you don’t need to know all the details.
Bus breakdown story..things got murky and the details were overwhelming. Plans had to be changed and adjusted and details were starting to bog him down.
We can easily become bogged down by the details.
Sometimes not having the details can hinder us from following Christ.
We think that if we knew more details about our lives or our future, that we will follow better.
But it’s not true. Our lives are to be about faith first, then facts.
Details are an illusion.
Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15 NLT)
The truth is we don’t have any idea about what may happen tomorrow.
So the details shouldn’t keep us from following hard after him.
“However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. (Matthew 24:36 NLT)
Peter was told that he would die for the cause of Christ. And here’s how he responds:
Peter asked Jesus, “What about him, Lord?” (talking about John) Jesus replied, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? As for you, follow me.” (John 21:21, 22 NLT)
Today we must choose..am I a fan of Jesus or am I a follower.