Thursday, December 29, 2016

Fools Gold

All that glitters is not
gold. Good things do not always come in nice packages. Jesus Christ
did not come in a package that was acceptable to this world. The
picture that we have of Jesus, the portraits that people have
painted, the way that Jesus has been portrayed by Hollywood, and by
the churches is notJesus Christ.
The prophet Isaiah
describes Jesus Christ, we read in Isaiah chapter 53 verse 3: "He
has no stately form or Majesty that we should look upon Him, nor
appearance that we should be attracted to Him. He was despised and
forsaken of men, a man of sorrows acquainted with grief, and like one
from whom men hide their face. He was despised and we did not esteem
Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried;
yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted
but He was pierced through for our transgressions. He was crushed for
our iniquities, the chastisement for our well-being fell upon Him,
and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone
astray, each of us has turned to his own way but the Lord has caused
the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was
afflicted yet He did not open His mouth Like a lamb that was led to
slaughter, like a sheep that was silent before His shearers, so He
did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away
and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of
the land of the living for the transgression of my people to whom the
stroke was due? His grave was assigned with wicked men yet, He was
with a rich man in his death, because He had done no violence, nor
was there any deceit in His mouth; but the Lord was pleased to crush
Him, putting Him to grief. If He would render Himself as a guilt
offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days and the
good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand, as a result of
the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied by His
knowledge, the righteous One, My Servant will justify many has He
will bear their iniquities, therefore I will allot Him a portion with
the Great, and He will divide the booty with a strong, because He
poured out Himself to death, and was numbered with the transgressors,
yet He Himself bore the sin of many and interceded for the
He did not have any
appearance that men would like Him, He was rejected, He was scorned,
He was not esteemed. That is not the picture that we have of Jesus
Christ, yet, Jesus is Lord. He humbled Himself. He left His glory and
it came to this earth in the form of a servant, He took on the form
of a man that had no esteem. He had no status. He did not come in a
Cadillac. He had no army, He did not have a 747. He did not have a
palace, He was not clothed in gold. No, He came as a servant and He
walked the dust streets of this world, He humbled Himself to come and
do the will of God, He came to ransom men, He came to present Himself
as an offering. He who knew no sin, who did no injustice, He was
crucified for our transgressions.
Do we esteem Him? Do we
regard Him or are we like those people who crucified Him? Do we thank
Him? Do we praise Him? Do we seek His presence, or do we also reject
Him? Do we also not esteem Him? Many Christians esteem their pastor,
and men, people with money and riches, they love the president, they
love those people with money, they love the thieves,they love those
who are immoral, but they hate Jesus Christ. They associate with the
world, they associate with the celebrities, but they do not esteem
Jesus Christ. They deny Him, they mock Him, because Jesus Christ did
not come in a package that people like. But dear friends Jesus Christ
is Lord. He is God; every knee will bow, and every tongue will
confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, and those who mocked those who
rejected those who disregarded Him will be disappointed, because as
they had no space for Him, no regard for Him, He will have no regard
for them.
Do we esteem Jesus? Do we
regard Him as Lord and Master? Do we give Him the glory and the honor
that is due to Him? Do we show our love and appreciation for Him by
obeying His commands, and by seeking His company? Do we obey Him?
Have we received His Holy Spirit and are we living in Communion, in
fellowship with Jesus Christ? Or do we also disregard Him? If we
disregard Him, He will disregard us, if we deny Him, He will deny
us. He is the King of kings, He is the Lord of lords. Do we esteem
Jesus Christ? May Jesus bless you.

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