Title: What about Jesus
Speaker: Peter Barber
Date: December 26-27, 2015
Peter spoke about Super hero’s and trying to imitate them. We want to be like them. We can try to walk, act like them or talk like them but we never become them. We remain an imitation of the real thing.
We often take that mind set and that effort and bring it into our faith life. WWJD. We try to be like Jesus. We try to imitate Him. We do want to become like Him but we don’t want to miss the bigger story. The Christmas story. The Incarnation, God became man and dwelt among us. That He indwells us.
Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We sometimes overlook what took place when Jesus became flesh and blood. A permanent transformation occurred. Fully God – Fully Man, Jesus is not a super hero but a spiritual reality that is hard to grasp.
Why was this necessary? Why is it important?
St Athanasius spoke about the incarnation in this way. When Man chose to transgress the choice was clear. If you do this you will die. God couldn’t go back on His word. Equally God couldn’t let humans who shared His nature perish and go back to non-existence through corruption.
Man was changed in his nature. It wouldn’t be enough to just say he was sorry. A transformation occurred. Only God could make a way.
· What is the significance to you that Jesus became like you?
· What do you love about it? What is hard for you to grasp about it?
· What does it mean to you that God came to you?
· What did Jesus give up by becoming a man?
· What did Jesus receive when he became a man?
2 Peter 1: 4 - Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
· What does this verse say we get because of His great and precious promises?
· What does it mean to participate in the divine nature?
· What is the difference between following Jesus and having Him “implanted” in us and “imparting” to us all that He is?
· How does this help us to be free from striving, imitating, and trying to measure up?
· What would look different in your life when you understand Jesus isn’t asking you to measure up to His righteous standard?
· What would change in your thinking or your heart to understand Jesus calls you to follow Him not pretend to be Him.
· He invites you to come live life with Him to the fullest how is that different than how you usually live?