Friday, November 19, 2010

Bewildered #16?- which Jesus are you following?

It is a silly question to ask, but it does make a world of difference in our christian walk.

Do you wonder what Paul was preaching about? He never preached about Jesus of the four gospels, that is the Jesus in the flesh realm, that is the Jesus that walked on the earth. Paul declared that he knew Jesus thus no longer in the flesh (but instead the resurrected Jesus, the ascended Christ who has now sent His Spirit living in us). It is a very bold statement to make.

2 Corinthians 5:16(NKJV)

16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

It is important to realise why Paul did not want to know Jesus as the Jesus who walked on earth. Paul knew that Jesus in the flesh represented the veil of the Tabernacle that separated man from having a direct encounter with the deity in the Holy of Holies. Paul knew that the veil was torn into two when Jesus flesh was speared, died on the cross and cried "It is finished". Paul also knew that the veil that separated man from God is now gone forever and that now we can have direct access to God.

Hebrews 10:19-22(NKJV)

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

We may have to re-examine ourselves to see whether we are following the resurrected Jesus or we are still camping on Jesus in the flesh,i.e.before His crucifixion who during that time had not yet accomplished what Father God had sent Him to do?

Let us encourage one another to know Him as the resurrected Jesus - the Jesus after the final moments in the flesh that cried "It is finished", meaning mission of God the Father is accomplished!.

Ever now wonder why Paul preaching of the good news have impacted millions, even to this day.?

I like the real good news , not the pending, 'unaccomplished yet' news which will wear you out.sooner or you no rest but only striving (analogous to the Iraq war, which at first thought to be accomplished and to bring fulfillment of all the good promises that go with the victory but in fact are pending till today. .... and the citizens living on the pending news are wearing out and having no rest in the yet to be finished job!)

Rejoice in the risen Christ, rejoice in His finished work and the promises that go with it and rest in Him.

You may also want to read : The Resurrected Christ


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