Here in this passage we find one of the most amazing statements concerning our Lord Jesus. It says in verse 6, "And He marveled because of their unbelief". You would think that, He being the Son of God, that He would never "marvel" over anything since He knows all things, and the fullness of wisdom and knowledge are found in Him. But it is just because He was a man that He had the feelings and thoughts of human nature in His being, just as you and I do. Yes, He was the God-man. And yet He marveled over their unbelief.
Instead of preaching on their unbelief, I want to speak to you about saving faith. 1st of all – True and saving faith will believe that Christ is the wisdom of God. (verses 1 and 2) 2nd – True and saving faith will receive the idea Christ's lowliness and poverty. (verses 3 and 4) And 3rd – True and Saving faith will not seek to limit Christ's blessings. (verses 5 and 6) Let's think upon these characteristics, and think about whether or not we are believing or unbelieving in relation to the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Familiarity breeds contempt." We have all heard this saying and there is truth in it. Jesus himself said that a prophet has no honor in his own country. People have this tendency to hold a higher estimation of strangers than of those they know the best, even though the stranger may be a much less noble person. This is a problem when it comes to the preaching of the Word of God. After a while the people get to know the preacher a little better and then he is diminished in their eyes to a mere human, like them, and they expected signs and wonders. Beware, they said the same thing about Jesus. They could not hear from God through him because they knew him, and his brothers and sisters. Don't miss God because of your estimation of the person preaching his Word.
Jesus responds to the accusations of the Jews by maintaining the truth of his person.
Accusation 1: "He has a Demon!" (vs. 48-51)
Accusation 2: "He is Conceited!" (vs. 52-55)
Accusation 3: "He is Finite!" (vs. 56-59)
The Father seeks not a relationship with his children of mere compliance to his leadership and rules. He wants them to seek God as their heavenly Father. He also seeks a personal, loving, heart-felt relationship of trust with his family.
We are servant to who we yield our members to. If we walk in God's statues, we can have life more abundantly. We are adopted into the family of God because of our big brother Jesus Christ. We should want to be like our big brother. Those who are born again are heirs and joint heirs unto Jesus Christ.
Some might think that the sermon is the highlight of worship. Others might think that singing is the highlight of worship. They are both necessary parts of worship. But how many think that the public prayer is the highlight of worship and can hardly wait to hear and join in the prayers offered to God through Christ?
The effectual prayer of Daniel teaches just the opposite of what our corrupt culture teaches us. Popular culture and almost all media promote the idea that we are to exalt ourselves, please ourselves, and most highly esteem ourselves; whereas, Daniel's prayer teaches us to pour shame upon ourselves while exalting, pleasing, and most
highly esteeming our holy and sovereign God.
Scripture: Philippians 2:6–8
Sermon: "The Peculiar Humiliation of the Cross" (Good Friday 2023)
Speaker: Pastor Sam Lee
Date: April 7, 2023
Maranatha Bible Church (San Ramon, CA)
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