DayBreaks for 10/22/15 – This Messiah Does!

DayBreaks for 10/22/05: This Messiah Does!

From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:

It is no secret that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day didn’t think that Jesus was the Messiah.  It wasn’t that they didn’t want the Messiah to come – Israel had prayed for the Messiah to appear for 1800 years.  They desperately wanted Him to come!  But what they got wasn’t what they’d expected, and that led to His rejection.  Israel wanted a Messiah who would rule with a rod of iron from David’s throne in Israel, that would free Israel from the Roman domination that irked them so.  They wanted a Messiah that was so clearly the Messiah that there would be no questions.  Perhaps they expected that the Messiah would come throwing thunderbolts at the Samaritans and Gentiles.  After all, some of the Jewish Rabbi’s taught that the reason God had created Gentiles was so that He’d have enough fuel to keeps the fires of hell burning with them!

We often don’t get what we hope or expect.  I can remember the first time when I didn’t get what I’d hoped I’d get for Christmas.  Even today, if there’s something that I really want for Christmas, if I don’t get it, there is a tinge of sadness and disappointment.  Shame on me for that, but it’s true.  It’s not a very comfortable feeling to long for something, and then when you finally get it, it’s not as exciting or fun or fulfilling as you’d dreamt it would be.

And so it was with Jesus.  No, he didn’t come throwing thunderbolts to fry His enemies.  This Messiah came to seek and save – not to destroy with hunderbolts.  The messiah they’d expected would come and put sinners in their place.  But that’s not what Jesus did.  This Messiah came, not to put sinners in their place, but to take them out of their place and give them a home in His Place.  The religious leaders said that no prophet of God would allow themselves to be touched by a leper, to talk to a Samaritan, to hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors, nor to die in the place of His enemies. 

But the truth is that they didn’t know This Messiah.  This Messiah loves with an unfailing love; this Messiah not only touches lepers but also women with issues of blood and dead bodies.  Instead of those contacts making Him unclean, those touches made the leper, the woman and the dead body clean and well and alive.  The Messiah shouldn’t heal on the Sabbath – but This Messiah does.  The Messiah should be a stern authoritarian – but This Messiah is a servant.  The Messiah that showed up spoke about an easy burden, about giving rest and unbearable rules, and He gave love to all those that had for so long been told in word and action that they were not loved, couldn’t not be loved for they were too sinful, and who had given up hope as a result.

Jesus withholds no good thing from us.  Does He love you?  This Messiah does.  Does He weep for you?  This Messiah does.  Will this Messiah come into your broken, bloody and checkered life?  This Messiah will.  This is the kind of Messiah that we long to have, but for which we had no right to dream.  And once again, God has given us something far better than we could ever have dreamt or imagined.  Praise be to His name for THIS Messiah!

PRAYER: Jesus, help us to place our faith fully and completely in you.  Help us not to project our own limitations and small-mindedness onto You and the things You can do.  Help us to remember that our Messiah loves us with a love that will not let us go.  In Jesus’ name, Amen

Copyright by 2015 Galen C. Dalrymple.  ><}}}”>

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DayBreaks for 1/22/15 – Who Is He? Really?

DayBreaks for 01/22/15 – Who Is He?  Really?

John 7:40 (NIV) – On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” Others said, “He is the Christ.” Still others asked, “How can the Christ come from Galilee?

 Just before the verses cited above, Jesus claimed to be the Living Water.  He had shaken up the religious world of Jerusalem with his teaching, lifestyle and actions.  It was only natural that there would be different opinions about who he was.

It is significant that some said he might be “..the Prophet.”  They at least recognized that he was not just “a prophet”, but possibly one for whom they had been waiting for.  Others thought he was “the Christ” – the Anointed One.  They were right.  But others didn’t accept it because of his origins.

These verses prompted me to think a bit about my own response to Jesus.  Do I believe Jesus is THE prophet or the Christ?  While the people who did believe he was “the Prophet” meant well by it, they didn’t see him (the Messiah) as the Son of God.  We limit Jesus so very quickly and easily to make him fit an image we have in mind of what He should be rather than what He is.  If I don’t expect him to be the Son of God and to therefore ACT like God, I will not ask for much and hence will receive little.  I will not believe for much and will experience little in that case. Sometimes the limitation we place on him (or even on other people we encounter) are driven by nothing more significant that their hometown or the color of their skin or the way they dress or the level of their education.

The people were divided because of Jesus.  He is still dividing people today, and if we are not divided because of Him and His claim on us, we are not recognizing Him as the Son of God.

Matthew 10:32 (NIV) – Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father,

a daughter against her mother,

a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—

a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’

Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me.

PRAYER: Father, I am sure that even though we are convinced we believe that Jesus is Your Son, we often don’t act like it.  Show us the reality about our faith, and help us in our unbelief!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 4/03/14 – How’s Your Messiah Complex?

DayBreaks for 4/03/14 – How’s Your Messiah Complex?

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 5/12/04:

When psychiatrists or psychologists speak of someone having a Messiah complex, they mean that the person has a grandiose view of themselves – something supernatural, that they are divine in some sense, and that they are the one that everyone has been waiting for.  Some of them believe that they will also be martyred for their cause, and will encourage others to give up their lives as a result – a test of their loyalty to this person with the Messiah complex.  Sadly, there are many in our mental institutions who have such complexes – and some who have the problem, but who aren’t inside an institution.  We tend to think of a Messiah complex as being bad – and in the sense that society speaks of it, it is.

But, there is a Messiah complex that we should have – and Paul described it in Philippians 2:3-8: Philip. 2:3-8 (NLT)  – Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.  Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.  Your attitude should be the same that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.  He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form.  And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross.

So – how is your Messiah complex?  Do you have the same mind as he did: not selfish, not worried about trying to impress people, truly believing that others are more important and better than you?  Or, are you focused on your own affairs to the exclusion of others?  Is your attitude like his – an attitude of self-sacrifice, of being the servant of all rather than the leader/ruler/power figure?  And while we’re at it, are you dying each day through your service?

We SHOULD have this kind of a Messiah complex.  If you don’t, it’s time to get started!  This kind of Messiah complex is at the very core of the Christian life.   

Copyright 2014 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/15/12 – But I Thought

DayBreaks for 02/15/12 – But I Thought

Misery, expectations, ministry and joy...

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3

This past week I was talking with someone who was rather despondent about the activities in their life that have led them to be discouraged.  This was someone who has a deep spiritual nature – and someone who loves God with all their heart.  This person often puts me to shame when it comes to spirituality and insight into spiritual truth – and I’m a pastor/former pastor.  I suspect that is true of many who sit under the teaching of a pastor.

Anyway, things just weren’t working out in this person’s life in the way they had hoped.  And they made a comment to me: “But I thought that if I was doing what God wants that He would take care of me.”  Makes sense, doesn’t it?  Don’t we all think that if I am doing what God has asked me to do that all the other things will be peachy?

Before we go too far down that path, let’s remember the martyrs. Let’s remember the persecutions that befell Paul and the other apostles.  Let’s remember the persecutions of the early church.  Let’s remember Jesus – whose request in the Garden was turned down.  All were doing the will of God – and they paid a price for it at the same time that they reaped the rewards for it (though some of the rewards would only come after this life.)

Dr. Fred Craddock states that in this passage we see a central theme of Mark’s Gospel and a hallmark of Jesus’ ministry, “He (Jesus) is not seeking to be a star, known for relieving people of burdens and difficulties. All the way to the cross Jesus will be trying to get those who think, ‘where the Messiah is, there is not misery’ to accept a new perspective — ‘where there is misery, there is the Messiah.’”

Misery and ministry are often linked hand in hand.  But so are ministry and joy.  We may not be spared what appears calamitous at first glance.  But we will be rewarded if we persevere in doing what is right and don’t grow faint!  If Jesus was “a man of sorrows” it is likely we will know our fair share of sorrows to the extent we follow in his footsteps, but we will also reap the Kingdom for our home!

PRAYER: Keep us from human delusions that would tempt us to be discouraged, and to see things from your perspective, Jesus!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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