Our teaching template has been built the last six-weeks from the revealing response of Jesus to the Pharisees in Luke 13:32-33. From that response of Jesus, we embraced the threefold "It's Just Time" message.
One: Discernment and Engagement Over Demonic Forces and Evil Opposition
Two: Healing and Hope For Our Sick and Suffering
Three: Fulfillment and Finish of Our Calling and Mission
As we open our final conversation of the "It's Just Time" series, we look to the third and final message of Jesus to the Pharisees in Luke's Gospel.
...and the third day I finish my course.
These few words of Jesus were spoken to men He knew would be deeply connected to His destiny - yet did not control it. Because of the greed and willingness of the Pharisees to do anything for power, evil had attached itself to them and to their religion/politics.
With this verbal interaction, Jesus signals also that it was Just Time for the Fulfillment and Finish of His Calling and Mission.
Yes, on the ground, the ranking position and reign of power for some of these men gave the appearance that they were the ones calling the shots and controlling the narrative of Jesus - but in all reality they were not - God was. This was His plan not theirs. And, because they had opened the door to evil, they were no longer in control of the outcome or narrative for their own destiny.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
To prepare us for this morning, I have prayed each day of this week, this prayer that God downloaded into my spirit...
Father, may the community, family and friends of Reunion sense and know Your presence; may You be felt, and may they be seen by You; I pray Holy Spirit renew their minds so they may dream the dream again of serving You with an impassioned relentless heart; I believe Father, for a re-awakening to their spirit, for assimilation to You, for a resurgent hope that they might receive revelation and speak the life defining word of Your truth; I pray You captivate their desire and imagination, that they will lead and love all those whose destiny they are about to rewrite and for those lives to whom they will forever be united. I pray that their calling and mission be fulfilled and finished in You. I pray this in the authority and power of Your Name Jesus - So Be It, Amen, So Be It.
I believe both this prayer and the words of truth from Jesus, are given in preparation for our very own Fulfillment and Finish of Calling and Mission. My hope is that you receive it as such as you respond to the Holy Spirit speaking to you.
This final statement of Jesus to the Pharisees in Luke, is a purposeful preview of God’s plans for us. As Jesus did, we trust and surrender, fully embracing the Father’s will as our own - to lead us to those "living-faith moments" where clarity, authority and an unflinching response are needed. As true believers in Christ Jesus, we share in and become one with His Word (fellowship and unity). In that place is where we too will find "our" call and mission (as we should).
I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. 5 Now, Father, bring me into the glory we shared before the world began. 6 “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, 8 for I have passed on to them the message you gave me. They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me.
I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
Now, having known the love and mercy - the cost and discipleship shared in Christ Jesus; we also begin to recognize a certain sense of shared destiny and purpose as well.
In this fellowship and unity of calling and mission is the kind of fulfillment and finish we seek to this life. It comes full circle to us in these moments.
So that is a good place to start right there...
The clarity and authority of Jesus in His response to the Pharisees is not alarming when we understand it was part of the fulfillment of His love, trust and obedience to His Father (something we should definitely follow Him in).
Look and listen for the pattern of consistency Jesus established in this, so that at any given moment in any given circumstance He could speak with command authority and complete certainty when it was absolutely needed.
Even Jesus did not speak or act independently or simply on His own; but according to the words and will of the Father who sent Him. You will see this as a big point - don't overlook it. No matter hip it sounds, Jesus did not go rogue...
These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.
why do you call it blasphemy when I say, ‘I am the Son of God’? After all, the Father set me apart and sent me into the world. 37 Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. 38 But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, 15 just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.
17 The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again. 18 No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.
For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.
Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.
Then Jesus explained: My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
So, from a messaging perspective what did you hear Jesus saying about fulfillment and finish - calling and mission?
Let me share the "message capture" that I heard and put together in order to process the words of Jesus - the word of truth.
This is Who Sent Me: The Father
He is Why I'm Here: The Mission of the Father
I Am Seeking and Saving the Lost: The Calling of the Father
The Ideology and Religion of Men Are Not in Power Here: The Authority of the Father
I Will Freely Give My Life - I Will Also Take it Back Again: The Fulfillment of the Father
Here is What Keeps Me Going: The Mission of the Father
When We are Done Here - This is Where I'm Going: The Finish of the Father
When You are Done Here - You Can Join Me: The Promise of the Father
This biblical messaging clearly reveals to us the importance of understanding the fulfillment and finish the calling and mission of our own life, in our own time and place in history.
I know that sounds slightly OTT, and a bit of a dramatic over-reach - but it is not.
We are His people, called by His name, filled with His Spirit, entrusted with His message and given a mission whose time for fulfillment and finish has come. We either believe that or we don't...
If we don't - then let it ride, see where it goes.
If we do - then let's get to it, it's time.
What is the Fulfillment and Finish of our Calling and Mission?
Jesus said it...
Discern and Engage - Demonic Forces and Evil Opposition
Healing and Hope - For the Sick, the Lost, and the Suffering
I want to quickly introduce into the mix the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel; a fairly well-known OC character with NC connections.
Ezekiel will help us to close the It's Just Time series next week. I will give you some historical context for Ezekiel next Sunday, but for now want to just quickly share his context and connection to the Fulfillment and Finish of our Calling and Mission message.
Ezekiel is known for several blockbuster prophecies to His people. The Divine Chariot, The Destruction and Rebuild, Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones, and the Third Temple.
The words and visions of Ezekiel have contributed to God’s revelation to His people in much more than religious shaming and righteous rhetoric to his fellow-exiles. Our connection to Fulfillment and Fulfillment - Calling and Mission is summed up his two Ezekiel prophetic phrases:
God will Destroy, Devastate and Disperse
God will Rescue, Restore and Rebuild
To connect Ezekiel's OC prophecy to the NC moments, events, and times of men and nations today, we must wisely look beneath the hard surface to the underlying and unchanging principles of Who God Is.
Ezekiel honored and applied this knowledge of God to the tragic and chaotic situations of his own times, with His own people.
550 years after Ezekiel, Jesus revealed this same God to us in a New Covenant - by Fulfilling and Finishing HIs Calling and Mission in compete unity with God the Father..
2000 years after Jesus, do we know what both He and Ezekiel knew about God?
If we do, then we know that It's Just Time for Fulfillment and Finish of Calling and Mission in our time.
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