Word of the Week: Jesus

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Do you remember when churches used to have kids come up front before worship began to sing and have a short devotional?

I heard about one preacher who was going to teach the children about industry and preparation by using squirrels as an object lesson.  He began by saying,  “I’m going to describe something, and I want you to raise your hand when you know what it is.  OK?”  The children grinned.  Nodded.  And waited with anticipation.

The preacher began, “This thing lives in trees (pause)….. eats nuts (pause)…” No hands went up.

“It is grey.” he continued.  (pause)…. has a long bushy tail (pause)…” The kids looked around at each other. But no hands raised. “And it jumps from branch to branch (pause)……”

Finally one little boy slowed raised his hand. The preacher breathed a sigh of relief.  “What’s the answer? he asked.  “Well…,” said the little fellow hesitantly, “I know the answer is Jesus…but it sure sounds like a squirrel to me!”

Don’t you love it!  The naivety of a child who expects the answer to every question to be “Jesus.”

The word of the week is the name “Jesus.”

This year the theme where I preach at Hickman Mills is BECOMING LIKE CHRIST.   We want to focus on being like Jesus in attitude.  In relationships.  In ministry.  And in purity.  He is our example.  The Bible says that God chose us to become like His Son (Rom. 8:29).  The apostle commanded that we develop “the attitude of Christ” (Phil. 2:5).  And Peter admonished that we “follow in his steps.”

Jesus was the most unique person who ever lived.  He was Deity in the flesh.  The Christ.  The Messiah.  He was the Son of God.  Yet, he was human.  A man.  He was hungry. Thirsty. Tired.  And tempted as we are.

Jesus felt joy.  Ate. Laughed.  And delighted in a wedding feast.  He also suffered.  Knew sorrow.  Experienced rejection. Loneliness. And heart-break.

He came to live and die that we might have eternal life.  But also came for us to live life in all its fullness (Jn 10:10).  I said, “I am the way.  The Truth.  The life.”  He brought grace.  And graciousness.  He gave us the golden rule.  The greatest commandment.  And the answer to life’s most perplexing problems.

The answer to questions like: How can I win over worry?  How can I cope with death?  Disease?  And disaster?  Where do I turn when everyone else has turned against me?  How do I respond to people who hate me?  Want to hurt me? And persecute me?

How do I overcome weakness?  Lust? Greed?  Anger?  Bitterness?  How can I experience peace of mind?  The serenity of spirit?  The joy of faith?  The hope of a better tomorrow?

Jesus not only has the answers.  He is the answer!

This year I want to use our Word of the Week to be a quality or characteristic of Jesus that we can emulate.  I’ve already written down a few.  Compassion.  Kindness.  Forgiveness.  What are some words that come to your mind?  Let me know.  And we will use them throughout the year.

In the mean time, let’s began with the name that is above all names. The name that embodies all that is good. Godly.  And pure.  The name that brings joy. Provides peace.  And gives hope.  The name of Jesus!

And whatever your question, concern or challenge, have the faith of a little child who says, “I know the answer is Jesus!”

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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5 responses to “Word of the Week: Jesus

  1. Lovely post. I’m looking forward to reading more. Some other words, love, trust, understanding, humor, hope, action, charity, humility, redemption.

  2. Judy Nowlin

    I laughed so hard, I wasn’t sure I would survive this darling little story.

    Yep, the answer IS always Jesus, Even though it may sound like a squirrel.

  3. We already have quite a few words of Jesus that quickly come to mind, but I wanted to think of things we don’t often associate with God. Words like Conditional, Jealous, Abhorrent, Fearful, Vengeance, and Unforgiving. Just like our God is a God of love, there are things he can’t be with. Our salvation has conditions we have to meet, our God is Jealous for our souls, He abhors evil, it’s a fearful thing to fall into His hands, vengeance is reserved for Him, and there are people he cannot forgive.

    I don’t mean to sound negative, but along with God’s love and mercy we must remember that he is also a God of vengeance against those that are against Him. Matt 7:21 “Not everyone that says to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father.”

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