True Worship – Part 2
And Abraham said unto his young men, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you”.
“I have accomplished the work
which you have given me to do”
The wonderful prayer of Jesus in John 17 will require eternity to reveal the depth, power and heart of our King and High Priest. This prayer ascends unto the Father from the heart of the “Man, Christ Jesus”. Here He was, the perfect man approaching the greatest of all sacrifices, standing at the precipice of becoming the sin offering. The scourge, the filth, and the shame of all humanity was to be laid upon Him. Yet in the power of faith, he was able to declare “I have accomplished the work which you have given me to do”. It is beyond our ability to understand this fulness and yet if that same Spirit dwells in us there will be the necessity to discover and finish His Will in us. Individuals who feel not the wonder of this call know little of the One in whom this fire burns.
We are afforded glimpses of the intensity of this overcoming prayer of the sinless One as he faced the immensity of the eternal contradiction: The Holy One, the sum of all purity and love exposed to the contempt, the pure hatred, and the violence of evil and ignorant men, submitting Himself to the cruelest of all deaths on their behalf.
Undaunted by the enormity of all that was soon to transpire He declares His faithfulness to the divine Will of the Father. Until we grasp in some measure that it was the “man” Christ Jesus who prayed and declared this with firm resolve to “finish the work” of God the Father, we will fail to perceive His purpose for those “in whom He lives and moves” to have the same intensity of heart. What was/is true in Him is to be the truth in us!
“…as my Father hath sent me,
even so send I you…”
The undeniable evidence of the Son living and ruling within our own hearts is in the press of Him within us to “finish the work” He has purposed for us. Those who have Him living within desire that same passion to fulfill the work He has called us to. This same intensity of purpose and over-riding cry within was evident in the life of Paul.
“Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus”
The fire of God burning within brings an understanding that we have been “apprehended” for a purpose. There is an inextricable cry to fulfill HIS WILL. We cannot settle for a life of mediocrity. We cannot find rest in religious phrases or earthly pursuits of comfort. We desire to live fully in the same Spirit which propelled the Son unto the complete fulfillment of the will of the Father.
The cry of the Son to “finish the work” is revealed in those who are truly partakers of His Spirit. It cannot be otherwise.
“Have this in your mind,
which was also in Christ Jesus”
“My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me,
and to finish His work”
“…for I DO always those things that please him”
Jesus came with one purpose and that was to fully live His Life in the Will of His Father. He fulfilled the scriptures, but the scriptures He fulfilled were the result of His doing the Will of the Father. His heart was pure and His Life simple. The complexity, compromise, evil and self-promoting ways of the religious of His day had no effect upon His walk. He stood like a beacon in the darkness of the utter depravity of the world around Him. His eyes were clear. His step remained strong and in the midst of the rage of the religious and political voices of the day, He stood true to the Father.
It is a natural tendency of men to take hold of God’s Word and twist its rich and full meaning into something carnal and self-serving. It has always been the history of men with God. That which is to be pure and holy quickly turns to something sensual (of the senses), perverted and earthly. It moves from pleasing God to pleasing men. It descends from denying self to serving self. In the bitter end the decree of Christ Himself falls with the weight of eternal judgment:
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”
Jesus did not come to save Himself; He came to save others. He did not come to have men speak well of Him, He came to speak and DO truth. He overcame the temptations of Satan (Matthew 4:11) to use His authority for self-serving purposes (changing the stones to bread). He overcame the temptation of using His power to impress the world around Him (throwing Himself off the Temple). He overcame the offering of Satan for domination. All three of these are temptations into which many of His people fall. Whenever His heart begins to take hold of a life there will be a growing attachment to the Will of God alone. The Cross of Christ can only be known through the agency of doing His Will. Without the workings of the Cross there can be no true life of pleasing the Father. The Life of Jesus was fully revealed in His doings. It is the religious who content themselves with believing. It is disciples who grow into “doing those things which please” the Father.
“…for I DO always those things that please him”
A life of pleasing the Father is found in the substance of DOING. It is not a mental exercise of believing; the true life of a disciple can only be expressed in the actual demonstration of faith.
“Jesus seeing their faith…”
(Read the the whole context)
True faith is “seen” by Jesus in the works it produces.
In the Book of Revelation Jesus declared to each Church the pentetrating truth of His beholding our walk and our works …
“I know thy works…”
Rev. 2:2, 2:9, 2:13, 2:19, 3:1, 3:8, 3:15
The shining forth of the Life of Jesus in His earthly walk was one of “Doing” and that same wonder of His Life within us is to be revealed in like manner.
The Life of Jesus Series
(To be Continued)