Extravagant Love

Extravagant Love

Dustin Smith


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Devotional

Behold!

By Dustin Smith

 

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) 

Have you ever awoken from a dream and even though you knew it was not reality it still affected you? Some of the common dreams include being chased, falling or maybe even flying. When you snap out of your dream your heart is racing, you are out of breath and you are trying to figure out if what you just experienced actually happened or not. It goes to prove that your perceived reality dictates your response.

We find that this has been an issue throughout history. Jesus knew this was a problem, which is why he asked his disciples, who others believed he was and then whom they believed he was.

“Jesus and his disciples left Galilee and went up to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. As they were walking along, he asked them, "Who do people say I am?"  "Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say you are one of the other prophets." Then Jesus asked, "Who do you say I am?" Peter replied, "You are the Messiah." (Mark 8:27-29)

Until they could see him for who he really was, there was no way for them to truly be disciples. Opinions of Jesus were varied and a lot of them were good but not right.    Today we fight the same battle.  Many believe good things about Jesus but they are not always right.  These are the words of C. S. Lewis from his book Mere Christianity:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic--on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg--or else he would be the Devil of hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. 

The question of who Jesus truly is demands an answer from each of us today because not every view of Jesus is the real Jesus. Some see him as a genie just to help them have a better life. Some see him as a ticket to heaven or just a better option than hell. Some see him as a therapist to help them through their struggles and others as a good example of how to help people get along. 

And then there’s Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. He is the promised One, God in flesh, Son of the most high God. He makes the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the lame to walk. He is the establisher of God’s reign and rule on the earth. He is King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He is savior, deliverer, healer and HE IS LORD.

One of the biggest problems in worship today is that we are being taught how to sing but not how to see. When you sing you just need to know the words and sing them accordingly but when you are taught to see the One you sing too, it becomes more of a heart response as opposed to a trained response.  

In Revelation, much like John the Baptist, John cries out, BEHOLD!  LOOK!  SEE the one seated on the throne. Get your eyes off of this temporary setting and lift your eyes to what is meant to be your reality! He has overcome! When you see sickness around you just look up, he is a healer. When you see terror around you just look up, He is strong and mighty to save. When you see death just look up, He is life! Once you see Him for who He really is, you will not be able to keep from responding like those who look upon Him night and day!

“Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!"  (Revelation 5:11-13)

 

Application:

  • -Study the names, titles and characters of Christ.  Remember that they are more than names but they are defining characteristics of His nature.  
  • -Pray that God would reveal himself to you in a greater way.  One of Satan’s tools is to build up walls to keep you from knowing Christ. (2 Cor. 10:14) Pray that those walls come down and you can see Him for who He truly is
  • -Start declaring who he says He is even when you don’t physically see it.  “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1)

 


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