[Scott Moore, Lead Pastor :: April 1, 2012]
Church, there is a sense of holy anticipation that we’re feeling. God is fanning the flame of revolution that started with our Savior.
American Revolution: 13 British colonies..we began receiving taxation from British Parliament but without fair representation. The colonies begin feeling this unfairness and began demanding their rights. Someone had the nerve to stand up and say, “That’s not right.”
“That’s not right!”
As the time drew near for him to ascend to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. He sent messengers ahead to a Samaritan village to prepare for his arrival. But the people of the village did not welcome Jesus because he was on his way to Jerusalem. When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them. So they went on to another village. (Luke 9:51-56 NLT)
He will be handed over to the Romans, and he will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit upon. (Luke 18:32 NLT)
Two types of courage:
- Spontaneous – when something bad happens and surprises us, we react..
- Anticipated – but when we KNOW something bad is about to happen and STILL endure it..that is courage!
Dread..when is the last time you dreaded something?
If Jesus is sweating blood and anticipating the torture he will receive then WHY?
Why would Jesus endure this? Because this world is not right!
This world is not right:
- The homeless of India
- The pagan gods they worship
- The disease that can be easily cured
- The children at Egleston
- The hurting and oppressed
- The divorce rate
- The drug abuse
- The abuse of children, sex trafficking, etc.
Have you stopped to think about what God hears at any given moment in time:
- The cries of the hopeless
- The screams from the woman raped
- The tears of the abused child
- The despair of the depressed and lonely
Jesus came to bring salvation and restoration!
He doesn’t just change the victim but can change the heart of the victim AND the perpetrator.
Alisha, Indian girl, witnessed her parents brutal murder. But she is full of joy, because she believes in Jesus as her restorer. (Here, Pastor Scott showed a video clip of Alisha reciting the 23rd Psalm in her native language.) The third line says, “He restoreth my soul.” Alisha feels she has been restored and she knows she will see her parents again when she reaches heaven. [Because of the intense persecution of Christians in India, the child’s name has been changed in this blog to Alisha, meaning “Gods protected”, for her safety.]
Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:4, 5 NLT)
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NLT)
The goal for this week:
Look around and see what God sees.. (try to see things through God’s eyes and see that “this is not right.”)
Try to make a list of all the things you see that are not right on a daily basis.
When we understand what God sees, we will have a compassion that will compel us to share this Good News we have been given.
Jesus did not set his face to Jerusalem (the cross) just for a personal salvation for us..but for millions..
Let us lose our sense of entitlement and be compelled to change this world of what is not right.
What if just a few of us were so moved, so convicted, and so compelled to go out and change this world for His name sake?