In week 3 of our series “Incarnate” Jeff began by looking at Jesus’ words in John 20. Here Jesus tells his disciples ,”As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” In a sense, Jesus is saying that we, as his disciples, are to go into the world the same way that He came into the world; humbly and with love. We have said throughout the series that Jesus came to the world so that He could be with his people and to provide a way for his people to be with him. In short, Jesus got “down and dirty” in order to be with us and He calls us to do the same thing for each other.
Socialmedia, things like Facebook and Twitter, make it easy to “feel” connected to people but the reality is that many of us are living in an isolation that would have been unimaginable to our ancestors, and yet, we have never been more accessible. In this, our temptation is to constantly put our best foot forward. We like to appear to be constantly happy and healthy and most of us would never want to appear to be anything but. What we have to realize is that Jesus didn’t do that. He gave up all of the happiness and health in the universe to come to earth. And in that He found joy. Jesus’ incarnation calls us to stop putting up a front; to stop focusing on our own happiness; and to get involved in each other’s lives and truly love one another.
Our culture has never been more in need of people who would “go” to them the way the Jesus came to us. Not concerned most with our own happiness, but the happiness of others. Not constantly self-promoting but looking to build up others around us; to be willing to look foolish and needy and incomplete; and leaving our own wellbeing up to God. We need to work to be present with one another; to truly be with each other; involved in each others lives. Jesus calls us to tell others that He loves them, but if we approach the world with the same facade that they themselves have, we will never get through to them.
We shouldn’t be sending the message that we “have it all together.” The message we should be sending is, “I don’t have it all together – in fact I think I’m realizing that I have it less together than I used to – but I know and trust the one who does have it all together, and he is putting me back together.’ Jesus didn’t protect himself from messy relationships. He came to earth on purpose and got in them. This is what His incarnation calls us to.
Band for the week was:
- Kendal Quinn – cello
- Katie Pritchett – vox
- Patrick Downing – acoustic guitar + vox