We live at a time when sensational stories are so easy to sell. The guys in the media know how to make their stories sensational to attract buyers. They have catchy titles so that they may catch your attention. This is the reason why they put half-naked women on the front covers or on billboards so that they may get your attention. More recently, there has been a proliferation of comedians – Churchill live, Churchill Raw, Kenya Kona, etc. these programs, shows and comedies sell like hotcakes- its big business! Have you been attracted to them? The sad story, though is that churches have started borrowing a leaf from the world and are now out to attract the world by entertaining them with the worldly stuff. Why shouldn’t we join in?
We cannot join in because of what we are – we are the church of Christ, not the church of the world. We also know that you cannot use the world to attract the world – they soon will be taken up by something else so that sooner than later you will discover that you cannot keep the crowd. We stand for truth – verifiable truth. We do not follow cleverly devised myths, or comedies. We have no interest in fairy tales because the gospel is not a fairy tale. The gospel is factual and historical. The gospel is powerful to save those who believe in Christ, because it is the power of God for salvation for those who believe. We have no interest in entertaining sinners to hell. Our intention as a church is to lead you heavenward. We will not withhold anything that is profitable for you – but will declare to you the whole counsel of God. You may like it – this to the prosperity of your soul, you may hate it – this to the damnation of your soul. Pick your choice. We refuse to be pragmatic.
This evening we affirm what we will not do and what we stand for:
1) We are not interested in fairy tales
There are many who consider the Bible as a fairy tale. But the Apostle of the Lord, who lived in time, in a specific geographic location, is here disputing such an opinion as unfounded because he here affirms that
2) We declare historical facts about Christ and His power
3) We exist for the honor and glory of God!
If the Father gave the Son honour and glory and testified of how much He was pleased with Him, shall we give Christ anything less? Shall we give Christ dishonor when the Father has given Him honour? Shall we not worship Him when the Father has given glory to Him? The voice was borne to Him by the Majestic glory when the God the Father gave Him such honour and glory. This single fact that Christ, whom we have placed our faith, whom we trust and depend upon is enough to help us know that our hope rests on a solid foundation.
What is the significance of the proclamation of the Majestic Glory? In this statement,
The glory of Christianity is not so much on the facts or on the uniqueness of its teaching. The glory of Christianity is vested on the Person of whom it is directed. The honour and glory of Christ is the reason for it to be so unique. Jesus Christ is God. He is worthy of all glory and honour both in heaven and on earth. God has glorified Him and He will glorify Him again when He will come a second time on earth.
Not only so, Christ has all power and authority in heaven and on earth vested on Him so that He has power over all things – things visible and things invisible. He declared that all authority in heaven and on earth was given Him and this same authority He gave to us… so that we can make disciples of all nations baptizing them in His great and holy Name! The point is that we live to honor and exalt His Name because of the way God has exalted, glorified and honoured Him.
v The Scriptures are all we need to be made wise for salvation. We must learn to open its pages every day and read them and study them, and memorize them, and meditate on them day and night and apply them. Scriptures are sufficient. Scriptures are enough – they are all we need to survive spiritually. We must keenly live on the diet of the Scriptures that we will be made wise for salvation. We become eyewitness of His Majesty by linking ourselves to the testimony of those who faithfully delivered them to us. We must not listen to any other voice (Because everything else is only a fairy tale) – but the prophetic and apostolic voice, that form the foundation of the church.
v Christ is the sum and centre of the Scriptures. Our reading and study and memorization, and meditation as well as application of Scriptures is all in vain if it does not lead us to Christ. Whatever we see or do not see in Scriptures, we must see Christ. Scriptures ought to lead us to a Person called Christ. We must be brought to the cross by the Scriptures. All statements in the Bible must be telling us one thing – trust Christ enough to serve Him.
v We must come to fully submit to the testimony of Scripture, so much that we do all we do in order to yield glory and honour to Christ. We must not live for ourselves. We must not live for anyone or anything else other Christ and Christ alone. What is it that excites us most? Is it Christ? Is His service? It is His people? Do you think what excites you will excite you in heaven?
v May the Lord grant us to look forward to the revelation of His coming. That we may forever, groan come Lord Jesus Come!