“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus is but equally isn’t. Our personal saviour.
Yes, He saves each and everyone of us when we confess before Him and ask Him to be Lord in our lives and His Holy Spirit rests upon and abides in us.
We are saved, however, into His kingdom and are corporately one of many who become His church under His governance.
Scripturally it clearly says He is Saviour to the world.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son”
God’s righteousness and blessings come from Him into His kingdom of Light but there are two kingdoms, there is one also of darkness ruled by Satan who is in this world, thrown out of heaven, and brings curses.
A battle ensues between the two and as we live in the world in our mortal body, we are in this mix. A citizen of heaven in spirit and of the world in the flesh.
We diminish Christ if we only see Him as our personal saviour because this endorses a concept of it all being hinged around us, self and my way.
Christ is mighty Lord of all. Corporately we matter and in community we must perceive His kingdom. Accept citizenship and obedience in His rule. Know we are part of the whole in God’s kingdom concept and intention.
Our church is for more than the transaction of receiving from Him.
Our church is our giving all in service for one another by breathing, thinking and living in the kingdom ways in the presence of God.
Yes we have a shepherd but He is Lord. “The Lord is my shepherd”
He is in governance and we obey. “He makes me lie down”
He meets all our needs. “He leads us by still waters.”
He shows us the right way. “He leads me in paths of righteousness.”
Jesus Christ is King. He is Lord and He is having to course correct where we have strayed in priorities that are not of the kingdom.
Very much has visibly skewed off course even in the last quarter of a century within our generations duration and veered to a perverse foolish worship of self and my way.
To a loss of belonging.
There is an epidemic of loneliness in our culture. A deep sense of loss and a yearning to belong. Relationships like other aspects of society disposable and coming and going.
There is a yearning to belong to something of which there will be no end. A hunger for spiritual truths.
We are fascinated with the identity question ‘Who am I ?” ‘I’ is pivotal in our mind and is a wrong priority.
Jesus showed us His love was not for Himself but for His Father and others. Simple as that. His rule sits on the same premise in His kingdom. We pray for:
“Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven “
What we think about God is the most important thing about us it defines us.
Our course has to be corrected when we get this wrong.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
The illustration shows Jesus as our shepherd but equally crowned as Lord of all. Light emanating to push back the darkness.
Three Scriptures that come to mind:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.’’ John 3:16 ESV
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” Psalm 23:1-3 ESV
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 ESV
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