Summary: II. We must understand how destructive sin is. A. How are we supposed to “mourn”? 1. Like at a funeral of a lost family member? 2. Like when we did something wrong by accident or on purpose?
As we continue our series, let’s back up for a moment and consider what has just transpired in the life of Christ. In the last two verses of the previous chapter we can see that Jesus had become very famous with His healings and miracles. “Great multitudes of people” from throughout the region were now following Jesus.
But for what reason? Why?
If people of that time were anything like people of our time, there had to been a growing sense of sensationalism surrounding the miracles of Jesus.
A lot of attention was being given to the miracles, and perhaps not enough was given to lives being changed.
As a result – Jesus removes Himself to a mountain.
The same can easily happen in any church setting. What I am saying is this. If we are ever to become more interested in sensational miracles than we are in the Person of Jesus Christ, Jesus may just decide that He needs to take us to the mountaintop (if we will go) for a season of personal teaching.
Not to worry, my friend. Great things are always revealed to God’s chosen people on the mountaintop. There are many examples of this throughout the Bible.
(I haven’t the time to remind us of those.)
What I notice in particular here is the fact that only those closest to Christ want to make the steep climb up the mountaintop to hear his teachings. Let us never find ourselves caught up in what the “Great multitudes of people” are doing. Many people nowadays are just looking for another miracle.
Rather, let us cherish the deeper teachings of Christ.
There is much to learn, but we will focus on just 2 thoughts…
I. We are to think and act differently than the world.
The world would have us to be like a thermometer. That is, constantly changing our appearance whenever the temperature goes up or goes down. Sometimes we can appear to be hot, and sometimes we can appear to be cold. We just go with the flow of what everyone else is doing. This is not the plan of God for the Disciples of Christ. We are to be the thermostats.
That is – The Disciples of Christ are to be the ones who will set the standards for the culture we live in.
Furthermore – Christ has said that we are (oftentimes) lukewarm, but He would rather us to be hot or cold.
But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of My mouth!
A. We are to be genuine.
1. The word “blessed” is defined (in the Greek) as being happy. But not the kind of “happy” we are accustomed to.
2. Our emotions can cause us to be happy temporarily.
3. Man’s idea of happiness is based completely on the given moment or the given situation. Eccles. 3:1 & 4 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
4. Without Christ we are fickled with what emotion we go through day by day, or even moment by moment.