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The Revolutionary

Jesus hung out with the poor, tax collectors, prostitutes, sinners. The religious leaders criticized Jesus for this practice, but he responded, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come for the righteous, but sinners.” He touched the untouchables (lepers), cured the unlovable (demon-possessed). He even cured a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath (luke 6) which was against the ‘religious’ rules. Jesus called men to a higher standard. The religious leaders lived by the letter of the law – the laws given to Moses – and ignored the heart of the law. This alluded them.

 


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~speaking notes~
download the pdf: Who Is Jesus Sessions #4

 
..a culture of Christianity


>Christian centres
church buildings/schools/seminaries/universities/institutes/museums
>Christian music
rock/Gaither-folk/punk/contemporary/’screamo’/radio stations
>Christian daytime programming
‘100 Huntley Street’, ‘The 700 Club’, The 1567 Club on 61st Street
>Christian movies
‘Courageous’, ‘Facing the Giants’, ‘Fireproof’, ‘Passion of the Christ’
>Christian books
‘Purpose Driven Life’, ‘I Kissed Dating Goodbye’, ‘I Kissed a frog and I liked it’
>Christian apparel, accessories
hats, tees, WWJD bracelet, Jesus Fish car decals
>Christian websites
chat sites, support sites, dating sites, JesusLIFE.ca.. to name a few

 

Much the same in Jesus’ day, BUT much more so,

SOCIALLY AND POLITICALLY.

 

  • Socially – the religious leaders flaunted their religiosity, dressed in rich ornate clothing so that everyone would recognize their importance, see what Jesus says of them:  Matthew 23:1-36

Instead, Jesus hung out with the poor, tax collectors, prostitutes, sinners. The religious leaders criticized Jesus for this practice, but he responded, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I did not come for the righteous, but sinners.”

 

He touched the untouchables (lepers), cured the unlovable (demon possessed). He even cured a man’s withered hand on the Sabbath (luke 6) which was against the ‘religious’ rules.

 

Jesus called men to a higher standard
The religious leaders lived by the letter of the law – the laws given to Moses – and ignored the heart of the law. This alluded them.

 

Matthew 5-7 (selected sections)

 

– Jesus didn’t get rid of the laws of God, such as the 10 commandments, Jesus completed, fulfilled these laws. He called men to more.
– When cornered by the religious leaders, asking which of their hundreds of laws and thousands of bylaws – which was the greatest – trying to trap him in his words, He said:

LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART
SOUL MIND AND STRENGTH AND LOVE YOUR
NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF
… revolutionary

 

 

In the temple of Israel, in a section of the temple called the Holy Place, above the curtain hung a vine formed out of solid gold, it had gold branches, gold leaves, gold clusters of grapes. The rich people of Israel would give to the temple so that they could continue growing the greatness of this vine…the greatness of their nation Israel. Josephus, a historian of the time who wrote many extra-biblical accounts, wrote that some of these golden clusters off the vine were the size of a man!

 

Why a vine?

 

The vine was a symbol to announce that they were God’s chosen people. That God had chosen their forefather Abraham to be a vehicle of salvation to the rest of the world. They were the vine, the source, God’s means of salvation. Salvation comes from the Jews. It is true that salvation came from the Jews, after all, Jesus was a Jew. But by making the declaration “I am the vine…”, Jesus was declaring himself as the new source of salvation. He’s it. The I AM.

 

Israel’s identity and national pride was sourced in this vine. No more could they take their pride through their nation. Their identity was and is now through Jesus Christ alone. Jesus made a revolutionary political statement that held great significance, both for the people and for his impending fate. I AM replacing Israel.

 

The Cost – Mark 10:17-31the rich young ruler

 

He left sad because he had great wealth?!
“Where your treasure is there your heart will be also”

 

We have left everything and even this righteous man wasn’t good enough!

 

SALVATION IS IMPOSSIBLE!
BUT WITH GOD, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

 

Next Session…
Jesus: the Good Shepherd

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