The Son Who Dreams part 2/5 – Week 10 / March 5th

“…….Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith
Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
Despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of
The throne of God.”

Hebrews 12:2

Jesus, a life to be emulated
While we have earthly spiritual fathers and we should follow them (2Thessalonians 3:7-9) we are supremely called upon to pattern our behavior after that of Jesus. Our “view” of Him will by His Spirit transform us and bring us to a triumphant end! He is the “author and finisher” of our faith!

Jesus, a dream to learn from
Jesus, though perfect God and perfect man grew into His God assignment. This was a journey that began in His young years. The Bible says that He grew in stature and in the wisdom of God and so more and more the assignment that God had for His life became evident to Him.
“And the child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and
the grace of God was upon Him.” (Luke 2:40)

This was no easy assignment but we are told; it filled Him with joy, in His entire earthly ministry and beyond. (John 15:11) A God given assignment though challenging will always impart joy to you. What God leads you into He will fully provide for! We should all “lean forward” to the call of God over our lives knowing that His grace will be sufficient. Jesus can do for you more than you can ever think or imagine. (Ephesians 3:20-21) We just have to want it!

Jesus, a dream realized
Jesus lived to die! He thus knew that this was His Father’s business. (Luke 2:49) He thus grew into His magnificence. He knew that He was God in the flesh. The very outshining of all that God is! (Hebrews 1: 1-4) In a similar way we must know that we are indwelt by the living God; not as He was, but certainly as His redeemed children. Our potential is great and beyond our capacity to appreciate. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

Jesus lived to love! He tasted death for every man. (Hebrews 2:8-9) Those who embrace a heavenly assignment must know that it will call upon them to love and to do so sacrificially. Only God can do this in our lives but no heavenly assignment will avoid this key ingredient. (Galatians 5:6)

Jesus lived to befriend! In a certain sense He stands with us in the congregation and worships with us. As Man He walks with us as an equal. (Hebrews 2:10-11) A heavenly assignment will cause us to “rub shoulders” with nobodies! This is not as easy as it sounds.

Jesus lived to reconcile! A heavenly assignment may take on different forms and lead us into different places but it will always bring reconciliation between God and man. (Hebrews 2:14-18) Jesus made it possible for God to come into man in that He became a propitiatory sacrifice! God has given to us all the ministry of reconciliation based, on what He did. (2Corinthians 5:12-20)

Jesus, a dream caught and confirmed
We all have a unique assignment and calling in life. God has a plan for you. How will you find it and walk it out? By doing what Jesus did; there is no short cut. God is serious when we become serious. Jesus prayed His way into His dream and He did so with “vehement cries and tears.” (Hebrews 5: 7-8) This is an amazing verse for it demonstrates that Jesus did not take it for granted that He would be raised from the dead. Even the Son of God learned obedience! He grew into His assignment with very urgent and importunate prayer. God has something special for all of us and He is waiting for us to get desperate about it. Those who do will find the reason for which they were put on this earth. Will your life be a life well lived?

Malcolm Hedding.

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