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2nd Master of Jesus Christ (19)

March 31st, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (NIV)

6.Not to pursue our righteousness but to receive the righteousness that comes from God.

We are hearing Jesus – not to go out and maintain our righteousness but to be drawn in to his righteousness. By focusing on him, we are moulded in to him.

If you want to know who God is, Jesus himself is the first, central, most concrete, personal and direct answer.

When Jesus teaches us, that’s who he is. When you are hearing him preach who are hearing who he is. He is the true image of God. We see the glory of God in the face of Jesus. His words and deeds reveal the true knowledge of God.

The climax of the revelation of his righteousness was on the cross. That’s why we remember the Lord’s death until he comes.

Let me share an article from James Henderson:
A covenant of forgiveness

How do you forgive someone and go on with your life? It is not easy, is it?
Some cultures have customs of forgiveness. For example, the Masai in Tanzania perform an osotua, a word meaning “covenant.”

In his inspirational book, Christianity Rediscovered, Vincent Donovan relates how osotua works. If a sin has occurred between families within a community, it can be disastrous to the unity of the nomadic clan. It may threaten why they came together in the first place.
It is imperative that both the offending and offended parties be brought back together in an act of forgiveness. So the community prepares a meal, and both families must bring food. The offended must accept and eat the food prepared by the offender, and vice versa. The food is called “holy food.”
The idea is that when the food is eaten, forgiveness comes, and a new osotua begins.

Startling, isn’t it? What a simple idea. Have you shared holy food with someone you don’t like or whom you have offended? What about Communion? As you take Communion together, can a new covenant of forgiveness begin between you and someone whom you’ve offended or who has offended you? Or will you continue to carry the same resentment from holy meal to holy meal?
Donovan notes of the Masai custom, “A new testament of forgiveness is brought about by an exchange of holy food. What can one say?”
What a blessing when in our Lord and Savior we can say the same.

 Jesus gave his broken body for all mankind. We who participate in this communion share in his righteousness and we are to see every human being included in this act of righteousness. So in a very important way we have entered a covenant of forgiveness with all mankind because of the righteousness of God.

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2nd Master Class of Jesus Christ (18)

March 30th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: 1 John 5:3-4

 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (NIV)

 5. We must realize that our competency comes from God through His Spirit. That we are hearing the words of life. Life is the message we are receiving, not death and condemnation.

 A story from North Korea from the Voice of the Martyrs helps us to understand this point:

Choi had a new book! A friend had given it to her as a gift. The friend was grateful because Choi’s husband helped him stay out of jail.north-korea Choi’s husband was a government official. Sometimes he helped people stay out of trouble. Many people in North Korea need help, especially with the government. That’s because the government of North Korea has lots of strict rules that are hard to follow. Many people get arrested and punished for breaking those rules. Choi’s husband helped her friend avoid punishment. So the friend gave Choi and her husband the book and said, “This is the story of someone from heaven who helps poor people. ”

 Secret Bible Reading

The book was a Bible. Choi had never heard of the Bible. But she knew the government might not approve of the book.

 Each night, she covered the windows of their house so no one could see inside. Then she sat in a corner with a blanket over her head and read the Bible by candlelight. (Reading under a blanket with a lit candle can start a fire. It is safer to use a flashlight. North Korea is a very poor country. Choi probably did not own a flashlight or batteries.)

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2nd Master Class of Jesus Christ (17)

March 29th, 2009
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Scripture of the Day: Ephesians 4: 31-32

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

4. Not be holding any grudges – able to extend Christ’s forgiveness to others.

If the Jesus forgives on the Cross – and enters the paradise of his Father, then we must forgive to enter the paradise of God. How can we dwell with a God who forgives his enemies while they are his enemies – and that includes all of us — if we hold on to grudges.

And he continues to forgive us.

I cannot but think of Jesus being tempted by Satan. Everything was designed to tempt Jesus to mistrust his heavenly Father by not believing his Father’s way to overcome the world through sacrifice and forgiveness. Every other way was proposed other than the will of the Father.

John Piper wrote: God’s purpose is to defeat Satan in a way that glorifies not only Christ’s raw power, but also his superior beauty and worth and desirability. Christ could simply exert sovereign power and snuff Satan out. That would indeed glorify Christ’s power. But it would not display so clearly the superior worth of Jesus over Satan. It would not display the transforming beauty and humility and lowliness and self – emptying love.

It is important that when we forgive we are not just forgiving from a human perspective but actually participating in the way that Jesus walked as he obeyed his heavenly Father.

“Father if you are willing take this cup from me, yet not my will but yours be done. Father forgive them, they know not what they are doing. Into your hands I commit my spirit.”

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