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Summary: Can you really proclaim as did Peter that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God?

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EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST HEARD THE SAYING THAT AN OPTIMIST DELIGHTFULLY SEES THE GLASS AS HALF-FULL WHILE THE PESSIMIST CAN ONLY BEAR TO SEE THE GLASS AS HALF-EMPTY. IT IS ALL DETERMINED BY HOW YOU CHOOSE TO LOOK AT THE GLASS.

THE SAME IS TRUE IN REGARDS TO THE LORDSHIP OF JESUS CHRIST. DEPENDING UPON HOW YOU LOOK AT HIM WILL DETERMINE WHAT HE BECOMES FOR YOU. THAT DETERMINATION IS WHAT MAKES CHRISTIANITY SO SPECIAL BECAUSE WE CAN PROCLAIM, AS PETER EXCLAIMED IN MATTHEW 16:16, “YOU ARE THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD.”

THAT’S HOW WE CHOOSE TO SEE CHRIST. OTHERS, STILL DON’T DO THAT AS WE LEARNED ABOUT THE VARIOUS RELIGIOUS GROUPS SUCH AS THE MORMONS WHO BELIEVE JESUS WAS THE FIRST-BORN SPIRIT-CHILD OF GOD AND WE ARE HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

MAYBE IT IS LIKE THE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES WHO DENY THAT JESUS IS GOD, BUT, LIKE US, IS A CREATED BEING WHO FIRST APPEARED AS MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, THE BROTHER OF LUCIFER, WHO WAS LATER TRANSFORMED INTO A MAN. WILD, LUDICROUS, AND FAR-FETCHED FOR US, BUT TO SOME IT IS BELIEVEABLE. THE WHOLE POINT BOILS DOWN TO THESE FEW QUESTIONS: HOW DO YOU SEE CHRIST AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR VISION OF THIS MAN CALLED CHRIST?

MANY THINGS CAN BLURR OUR SPIRITUAL VISION TO KEEP FROM SEEING CHRIST SPIRITUALLY CLEAR. THE MAIN CULPRIT, OF COURSE, IS SIN. FOR OTHERS, IT CAN BE LACK OF RELATIONSHIP, LOVE, OR DESIRE FOR THE THINGS OF GOD.

FOR OTHERS, BAD DECISIONS, GIVING IN TO HATRED AND ANGER, CAN CAUSE THEIR VISION OF CHRIST TO BE SEEN AS A HARSH, JUDGMENTAL, AND CRUSHING GOD WHO LOVES TO MAKE LIFE MISERABLE FOR OTHERS.

THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE THROUGH ILLNESS, DISEASE, OR TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT INVOLVES CHILDREN, CAN DISTORT ONE’S VISION OF CHRIST TO SEE GOD AS CALLOUS, INDIFFERENT, AND HORRIBLY CRUEL.

SOMETIMES IT CAN BE A LOSS OF A JOB, FINANCIAL STRUGGLE, A STRING OF BAD-LUCK, UNANSWERED PRAYERS, THE BETRAYAL OF A TRUSTED FRIEND, OR A SEEMINGLY NEVER-ENDING BARRAGE OF HATRED FROM A RELATIVE, FAMILY OR CHURCH MEMBER, THAT THROWS OFF ONES VISION OF CHRIST TO SEE GOD AS A DEAF AND DISTANT LIAR AND THE GRAND-MASTER OF TRICKERY.

WE KNOW THAT THOSE THINGS ARE NOT TRUE. WE KNOW THAT GOD IS NOT AN INTOLERANT MISER WHO LOVES TO REAK HAVOCK OVER HIS PEOPLE AND HIS CREATION. GOD HAS MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO US IN HIS WORD THAT HE WANTS TO BE KNOWN AS A HOLY, LOVING, PERSONAL, AND RIGHTEOUS FATHER.

GOD ALSO WANTS TO BE SEEN AS ONE WHO IS NOT TO BE KEPT AT A DISTANCE OUT OF FEAR, BUT ONE WHO DESIRES TO BE CLOSE TO US, ALWAYS SEARCHING FOR US, AND WISHING FOREVER TO BE FOUND. IT IS ALL ABOUT AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

JEREMIAH 29:11-14A, “FOR I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARD YOU SAYS THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE AND NOT OF EVIL, TO GIVE YOU A FUTURE AND A HOPE. THEN YOU WILL CALL UPON ME AND GO ADND PRAY TO ME AND I WILL LISTEN TO YOU. AND YOU WILL SEEK ME AND FIND ME, WHEN YOU SEARCH FOR ME WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART. I WILL BE FOUND BY YOU, SAYS THE LORD….”

THAT IS WHAT SPEAKS TO ME OF THE WALK TO EMMAUS. THE TWO MEN LITERALLY WALKED WITH CHRIST AND TALKED PERSONALLY “WITH HIM” AND “ABOUT HIM.” BUT, IT WASN’T UNTIL THEY FELLOWSHIPPED WITH HIM IN THEIR OWN HOME THAT THEY TRULY EXPERIENCED THE RISEN CHRIST.


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Dan Jackson

commented on Aug 7, 2012

I didn''t finish reading the sermon. It starts out okay, but reading anything in all caps is uncomfortable. I simply suggest the writer reconsider this form of writing.

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