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Our Lord knew a great deal about rejection. The Jews outright rejected Him. Christ described them as children playing, some of their friends call them to play at weddings and played wedding music but the other children were not interested. They played funeral music but the standouts were not into that either.
When John the Baptist came, he stayed in the desert, roughing it, fasting and coarsely dressed. He avoided the worldly pleasures others indulged themselves in. He became a sensation for a while but the religious leaders dismissed him because he was not the messiah .
When Jesus came He was more sociable in fact too sociable for the leaders. He ate and drank with anyone who would invite Him. For this He was “a glutton and wine bibber”, a consorter with the dregs of society. Jesus explained that His mission was as a “physician” to the outcast and sinner.
It seemed that nothing could please the “Jews”. Anyone who did not conform to their ideal Prophet and Messiah was rejected out of hand.
The same thing continues today. Christ as He really is, is rejected and a safe Jesus, meek and mild is taught. A great teacher but nothing more is all the world wants.
What sort of Christ do you want? Or will you believe in Him for who He is?
The Resurrection and the Life
Jesus death on the cross is fundamental to Christianity because it is the price paid. His resurrection is fundamental because it is the door opened and the way cleared. Sin is a barrier to approaching God. Like a debt owed, there can be no further transactions until this is dealt with. It is only to the believer that this debt is paid.
The resurrection is the vindication of all Christ said and did. It is the witness that God has accepted the atoning or satisfying of the due penalty and sin. It is also the promise of restoration, regeneration and resurrection for the Christian. As Christ died in our stead do also He lives for us and in us.
Without the Death and Resurrection of Christ as living facts, Christianity would be little more than a philosophy or lifeless religion like those of the rest of the world.
The Ascension of Christ
While it does not get as much attention, there is no doubt that it is the logical outcome from these other events. That Christ seen in His rising again but rather afterwards appeared to the disciples was true. The Ascension however was seen by a great number of the disciples. It was the visible consummation of Christ’s earthly work and the beginning of His heavenly work of intercession for His people till the end of the age.
Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.
The stiff and wooden quality about our religious lives is a result of our lack of holy desire. Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people.”
“The most critical need of the church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.”