United with Jesus Christ
Imagine that you were stuck in a burning building, the fire is raging all around you and you have no where to go but out of the window. The problem is that it is a three story building and if you jump you could die but if you stay in the building you will also die. So you edge over to the window look outside to assess the situation, the firemen down below, have there big tarp spread out below the window and are screaming at you to jump, they will catch you.
You are terrified but you jump, trusting in the fact that those firemen below are trained to catch you. You manage to land safely and you feel great love and appreciation for the firemen who just saved your life.
Now, imagine a slightly different scenario, one where you are in a burning building, the only way to survive is to jump out of the window. But when you look out of the window, you see that the people down on the ground are not firemen, they do not have any equipment that could save your life if you jumped, and they are basically standing around having a beer while encouraging you to jump.
How willing would you be to jump out of that window, could you trust that they would actually catch you when you jumped?
Well the moral of the story is this:
We as human beings have an easier time putting our trust in someone whom we know has had the training to save our life, than in someone who has never had a day of training in their life.
In order for us to truly be able to trust in God, we need to know Him, know that what He says is true, and that He can truly save us from death, caused by sin in our life.
How do we do this, how do we know that God is completely trustworthy? We need to study his word, the bible; we need to understand that what He tells us in the bible is as true today as it was thousands of years ago when it was written.
Then we need to be willing to obey those words and put them into practice into our lives, letting the word of God, change how we think and act towards him and others.
We can only do that by letting the words of God soak into our inmost being.
Take a moment and read through these verses in Philippians’ 2 and see that we are united with Christ. What does that mean for us a Christians to be united with Christ?
Does that give us a privileged standing in society, a free ticket to a pain free life?
No, it does not, but by being united in Christ, we get the privilege of having our sins washed away, our hurts healed and then we get to encourage others in their walk with Christ Jesus.
If you are a Christian you are united with Christ.
Imitating Christ’s Humility
- 1. If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
- 2. then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
- 3. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
- 4. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
- 5. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
- 6. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
- 7. but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
- 8. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!
- 9. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
- 10. that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
- 11. and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
So what does being united with Jesus Christ look like for a Christian?
- Isaiah 61
- I get to partner with the Holy Spirit and preach the good news to the lost world
- I get to bring comfort and healing to the broken hearted
- I get to proclaim freedom for all those who have been captive to sin
- I get to be a partner with the Holy Spirit as I help those who need to be released from the prison that their sin has placed them in.
- I get to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor to all those around me
- I get to tell the people that one day there will be judgment proclaimed by God, but if they repent and turn away from their wicked ways, then they have nothing to fear!
- I have been given the oil of gladness instead of mourning
- A crown of beauty instead of ashes
- I have comfort, from the mourning that my sin has brought into my life
- I have a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair,
- I am oak of righteousness a planting of the lord for the display of his splendor
- I am a minister of God
- What the enemy tried to ruin in my life, I have been given back a double portion
- I no longer live in shame and disgrace
- I will have everlasting Joy
- I can rejoice in my inheritance from the lord
- All who see me will acknowledge that I belong to God and that I am his Cherished possession
- I am part of a people that is blessed by God
- I have been set free from death, due to my sin
- My soul can freely rejoice in the lord
- I am clothed with garments of salvation
- I have a robe of righteousness that has been given to me by God.
- 1. The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
- 2. to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
- 3. and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
- 4. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
- 5. Aliens will shepherd your flocks; foreigners will work your fields and vineyards.
- 6. And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.
- 7. Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.
- 8. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
- 9. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the LORD has blessed.”
- 10. I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
- 11. For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
In this passage of Scripture the prohet Isaiah was looking forward to what Jesus would ultimately do for us as human beings on the earth, but because we have been given the Holy Spirit and we have been given the mind of Christ, these promises are for us, Jesus Christ’s brothers and sisters in Christ.
This passage is so encouraging to us, to know that we are not only given all of these gifts, of redemption, gladness and joy, but we are the carriers of these things to the world around us as well.
Be encouraged dear brother and sisters that you are united with Christ, and he loves you so very much.
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