#2: A Mature Church will grow to Love and Serve Jesus.
'Decisions are made by those who show up.' Presence, according to Jed Bartlett, counts.Discuss.
From ancient times, God promised to 'show up', (with gravitas, naturally: 'The LORD your God will come.')
God promised to come to his temple; to ‘bare his holy arm, bringing salvation’; and that his feet would 'stand on the Mount of Olives'. The ancients believed that God would come to his temple, but not on an actual donkey. Nor that his holy arm, bared, could have actual hands. Nor that he his feet, standing, could be pierced.
Jesus prayed for the Father’s will to be ‘done on earth, as in heaven’. It turns out that Jesus is God’s will embodied ‘on earth, as in heaven’. He preached the Kingdom, bound the brokenhearted, and promised wrath for the faithless.
Like Father, like Son.
John says God ‘pitched his tent among us’. But we are not happy campers: ‘he came to his own, and his own disowned him’.
And yet there is method in the madness: In giving his life, he beat the path to an impossible door: His Kingdom, with justice met and grace received.
And raised as Messiah, he requires one thing: YOU. (And your knees!)