God got everything started. Everything came from Him. His word made it all happen. He is also the one who keeps everything going. Without Him it all come to a standstill. So, He starts it all and keeps it all moving.
His son Jesus came as a pioneer. He led the way through His suffering on to the glory He experienced it first. God started it all. God keeps it moving and now His new agreement with us is to complete it all as well. Jesus leads us as the new pioneer of supernatural courage and faith.
God is the one who saves us from the endless cycle of missing God’s goal for our life and those of us who are saved have an origin that we share in common. It is all about Jesus. And Jesus doesn’t hesitate to treat us all as family and friends. We are all together with the one starts, keeps things going and is now completing His good work. How amazing it is. How stunning He is.
Joseph had a lot to deal with. What to name the Son of God wasn’t one of them. God’s angel made that clear to him. His name is Jesus, “God Saves”.
His bigger problem was what to do about his fiance who was pregnant but claimed the Holy Spirit got her pregnant. He trusted Mary but only up to a point. He was going to call the whole thing off. The angel solved that for him as well.
So … the Son of God is named Jesus. And, most importantly, He saves us.
While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—’God saves’—because he will save his people from missing God’s goal (sin) for their lives.” Matthew 1:20-23
Who missed God’s goal? Somebody did and it will help me if i can blame them. That can be the assumption. I am wounded. I am hurt. I suffer. I want to blame someone. Surely someone messed up. Who, we ask?
But Jesus doesn’t allow this. God has something He wants to do. He brought healing and salvation into our fallen world. He loves us. He is good. He doesn’t do evil.
When Jesus and the disciples were on the road one day, they came upon a man who had been blind since birth. “Rabbi, who missed God’s goal, this man or his parents?” they asked him. “Neither this man nor his parents messed up,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.” And with that, Jesus spat on the ground, made some mud to place on the man’s eyes, and healed him. John 9
- sunday 10/22/12 – “I was blind, but now I see…” (sciojournal.wordpress.com)
We have so many experts today. Think of any subject and you can find thousands of them. The internet brings us to them any time we want to know “the answer” to any question. There are some things they are clueless about however.
God has a plan. He has had it from the beginning and it will never go away. His plan is Jesus.
God offers a full report on the gifts of life and salvation that he is giving us. We don’t have to rely on the world’s guesses, opinions or internet searches. We didn’t learn this by reading books or going to school. We learned it from God, who taught us person-to-person through Jesus, and we’re passing it on to you in the same firsthand, personal way.
“The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is.” ~~ Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 2:8 The Message)
Jesus accomplished this by reaching the end-stage, i.e. working through the entire process to reach the final phase of what God had in mind for him. It is referred to as perfection or maturity. It is well-illustrated with the old pirate’s telescope, unfolding (extending out) one stage at a time to function at full-strength (capacity effectiveness). When this happened God announced that Jesus could intercede for us. He is our perfect and mature priest.
Now this is good news. He went through everything he needed to so that he could demonstrate perfectly that he is God’s son.
“Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him.” (Hebrews 5:10 The Message)
Are you seeing the parade of God’s salvation (σωτηρία)? Seriously. Can you see it? Can you see Jesus out front? It is a parade for those that God rescues which delivers us out of destruction and into His safety. Now that is a very different kind of parade.
Jesus, our Master and the Messiah, leads this parade. He is out in front. And we are following Him. We all have our place and our role to play. There are crowds looking on. They are on the sideline. We invite them to join in with us.
Nothing is impossible with Him AND He is in a great mood. He leads the way for all of us.
So be it.