Seeing Jesus Properly: the Lord to Gladly Obey Forever

This is the fifth post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Richard Chin                                    Key text: Mark 8:1-38

Everyone has an opinion of Jesus. How we view Jesus matters.

3 Ways People View Jesus Improperly

  1. People who see Jesus like the Pharisees (v. 11-13)- these people are very religious and protectors of their tradition. Very sincere in seeking to follow the Old Testament law, but opposed to Jesus’ challenges of their traditions. They want to test Jesus, but aren’t really interested in His answers. Jesus reacts by sighing and leaving.
  2. People who see Jesus like the disciples (v. 15-21)- these people don’t see Jesus properly despite giving up everything and seeing all the amazing things He has done. They find it hard to believe that Jesus can do what God does. When we are suffering, we are often tempted to give up our proper view of Jesus as God. Jesus reacts by basically asking them if they are unbelievers. 
  3. People who see Jesus like the ordinary people of the land (v. 27-30)- these people see Jesus in an entirely positive light, however they fall short of seeing Him as their Lord and Savior.  They are sincere in their views, but don’t get the full picture of who He is. To see Jesus sincerely is not necessarily to see Him properly. Sincerity doesn’t equal truth.

Our eyes can be opened to see who Jesus is, but until we see Him as the Son of God, we don’t see Him properly. Until you see Him properly, you won’t see the radical implications for your life.

In the midst of terror and trials, God is on the throne ruling and judging (Daniel 7:9-14). Jesus came not as a terrifying beast, but as a human King. he is the sovereign God who rules, even when things seem out of control. To see Jesus properly is to see Him as the sovereign ruler, even in the midst of the chaos caused by sin.

Denying our self doesn’t mean denying all pleasures, but to see and savor Jesus as our ultimate pleasure (Luke 9:23-26). To deny yourself is to make Jesus’ pleasures higher than our pleasure, for His pleasures are far more pleasurable. To bear your cross means it is better to die than live for something that isn’t Jesus. Taking up our cross means it’s better to die than to sin.

The only thing we contribute to our salvation is our sin. Jesus does all the rest.

-Lawson
Learn It. Love It. Live It.

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About Lawson Hembree
Lawson is an entrepreneur, ministry leader, and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys blogging about business, ideas, and theology. Want to continue the discussion or write a guest post? Let's Connect!

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