Today’s message summary of December 18, 2016 from Pastor Gus Brown:
Most of us conclude that Jesus’ coming is for salvation, but it is actually much more than that. His coming does mean salvation for those who believe in Him, as He reconciles those who believe to the Father, but He came for a much deeper purpose. Whether one responds to the gospel or not does not change who He is.
The general conception, which the Rabbis and Israel formed of the Messiah, is different from what was presented by Jesus Himself.
The purpose of Jesus’ coming was to have God speak to the people concerning His relationship with humanity. He spoke about the desire that He had (and still has) to have a relationship with His people. Bringing Christ forth was to show everyone who He really is.
Jesus, as God in the flesh, presented the fundamentals of the Christian life, and the final relationship in view of God towards humanity and humanity towards God.
It was a relationship of endearment expressed as follows:
- Expressed by the word Father (Matthew 6)
- Expressed by the word Servant (Philippians 2:6-7)
By His coming, He joins together the two ideals of the Son and the Servant.
Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many.
Then Jesus told him, “Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.”
He has given us the privilege, since we have been rescued from our enemies’ clutches, to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness in His presence all our days.
As the servant of the living God, Jesus fulfills the threefold office of God.
Samuel fulfilled the offices of prophet, priest and judge.
Jesus fulfilled the office of Prophet (Hebrews 1:2). He came to speak the words of His Father to us. They were words of truth.
Indeed, we all have received grace after grace from His fullness, for the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
When people do not receive the truth of God’s Word, they don’t know how to live a life pleasing to God.
Truth always gives the people light.
John 1:4, 9
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
The light, at the time of Jesus’ coming, was not a true light.
Jesus as a Priest: He became the Priest of all the people. Israel was without a true priesthood…one that would serve God and the people. The priesthood was the representation of an intercessor between God and man. Jesus was the true high Priest.
Hebrews 4:10, 14-15
For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from His.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens–Jesus the Son of God–let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.
After He was perfected, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him, and He was declared by God a high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Now many have become Levitical priest, since they are prevented by death from remaining in office. But because He remains forever, He holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore, He is always able to save those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them. For this is the kind of high priest we need: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens.
But the Messiah has appeared, high priest of the good things that have come. In the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands (that is, not of this creation).
Every priest stands day after day ministering and offering the same sacrifices time after time, which can never take away sins. But this man, after offering one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God.
Without a godly priesthood—the true servants of God—the world and the people suffer. The people were without God because the priesthood was without God. They were without God because of their willingness to forsake God; as a result, the world suffered because of its willingness to not obey God.
When there is no true priesthood, we lose teaching (of the law). Without teaching, there is a lost relationship with God. Without such a relationship, we lose His blessings and experience the suffering of humanity without the love and knowledge of God. The teachings of man are inadequate.
He answered them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.”
Jesus came to be our King. He was not just the King of the Jews, but the King of all. King of all kings.
“Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
“You are a king then?” Pilate asked. “You say that I’m a king,” Jesus replied. “I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice.”
For it is written: As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
These will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will conquer them because He is Lord of lords and King of kings. Those with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.