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The Blog of Darryl Dash

This blog is about how Jesus changes everything. He changes:

Our relationship with God

Our relationship with others

Our vocations - how we live and work in this world

Our ministries

This blog exists to explore some of the ways that Jesus changes everything. It provides resources and articles that will help you think about the ways that Jesus can change every part of your life.

The Lord himself invites you to a conference concerning your immediate and endless happiness, and He would not have done this if He did not mean well toward you. Do not refuse the Lord Jesus who knocks at your door; for He knocks with a hand which was nailed to the tree for such as you are. Since His only and sole object is your good, incline your ear and come to Him. Hearken diligently, and let the good word sink into your soul. (C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace)

On the Mountain with Jesus (Luke 9)

Big Idea: What do you when your beliefs don’t match up with your experience? Listen to Jesus. (inductive)

Purpose: To listen to Jesus in our present circumstances, even though his glory is hidden

Introduction: Sometimes I think there ought to be a warning sign on the doors of churches, saying: “Warning: This church may cause a crisis in your life.”

Not because of its faults; because it describes a world which we believe is true, but doesn’t always match up with our experience.

  • we believe: more than conquerors; same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives within us; power of prayer
  • reality: kids with learning disabilities; problems at work; more questions than answers; never ending procession of meals to be cooked, clothes to wash, and things that break down

Transition: What do you do when your beliefs don’t match up with your experience? That’s exactly what happened to Peter in the passage we’re going to look at today.

1. There are times that we have great clarity about what we believe (18-20)

During Jesus’ ministry, Peter was never in better form theologically.

2. That clarity can create a crisis for us (21-27)

What Jesus said didn’t match up with what Peter expected from the Messiah. Their theology had no place for a suffering and dying Messiah.

What we believe is often hidden by suffering.

3. The Kingdom is real even when we experience this crisis (28-32)

28-32 - changed; Moses (old covenant, restoration, prophetic office; prototype of Jesus) and Elijah (last days)

a revelation of the glory of God; confirmation of his teaching; beneficial experience for his disciples, who were discouraged

Peter saw Jesus’ glory - a reminder and a preview. There is more!

4. Because we won’t always see the Kingdom, we must listen to Jesus (33-35)

Mistake: Peter wanted to preserve the experience (Feast of Shelters, to be observed in the Messianic kingdom)

What you see may disappear.

The truth you know on the mountaintop is still truth even in the valley.

Returned to reality: would rather spend time in the mountain. But the two go together: mountain-top experiences and shrieking, stubborn demons. We would rather spend time on the mountain than trudge along with the disciples.

Christianity doesn’t deny the glory of Christ and His Kingdom, and it doesn’t deny suffering; the way to glory is through suffering.

It’s nice when the veil is drawn back, and we see His glory, but that isn’t our everyday experience.

Listen to Jesus, because what you hear from him is more real than what you see.
When you return to reality, and his glory is hidden, listen to him. His words are true, even when his glory is hidden.

When You Feel Unworthy (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is reported to have played a practical joke on twelve of his friends. He sent them each a telegram that said,"Flee at once…all is discovered" Within twenty-four hours, all twelve had left the country.

Top executives often report that one of their fears is being found out.

Why approach God when you feel unworthy?

Background: 12-14 - Complete exposure to God

Why we shouldn’t run: Jesus is our high priest (14). What this means:

1. Jesus knows what it’s like (15)

  • Weakness here: a propensity to sin
  • His temptations were greater than what we would experience.
  • He remembers what it’s like to be weak, to get sick, to be tempted.He remains fully and gloriously human.
  • Sympathize: connotes “being compassionate to the point of helping”

2. Jesus helps us when we needs it (16)

  • “Let us constantly approach...” - in old system, only high priest could do this once a year
    4:16 - means timely help
  • When we come to the Father, we are not shouting across a great gulf.

THEREFORE hold firmly (14) and approach the throne of grace with confidence (16).
He takes our side. He is at home, able to represent us fully and appropriately.

Come near to God even when you feel unworthy, because Jesus takes your side with God.

In an early scene from the movie Luther, the frustrated monk struggles with his fear of a God who knows his sinfulness.

An older priest passing by Luther’s room hears him and enters.

“I live in terror of judgment,” declares Luther.

“And you think self-hatred will save you?” the older priest replies. “God isn’t angry with you. You are angry with God.”

“I wish there were no God.”

“Martin, what is it you seek?”

“A merciful God! A God whom I can love. A God who loves me.”

“Then look to Christ. Bind yourself to Christ, and you will know God’s love. Say to him, ‘I’m yours. Save me. I am yours. Save me.’”

“I am yours. Save me,” Luther says, clutching a cross the priest took from his own neck and placed in his hand. “I am yours. Save me.”

Luther later wrote:

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right man on our side,
the man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabbaoth, his name,
from age to age the same,
and he must win the battle.