So many times people are faced with the reality of a Jesus moment. Jesus living in the first century was God in the flesh (John 1). He was a Jew who was born into the Old Testament system. Jews at this time, specifically the Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s had their own system of doing things. Like anything, it starts off pure and when man gets a hold of it, we taint and make it our own. Similar to the worship of some today, they see what they read in the New Testament and want to make it their own. So they add here and subtract there until it is exactly what they want it to be. If you know the story of the Gospel’s of Jesus, then you know that approach does not work well with Christ. He is not looking for a person who makes “godly” living into what they think or want it to be. So Jesus came and had what I like to call a “Jesus moment” with them.
These Jesus moments, can be different, sometimes Jesus uses a parable to explain their error, sometimes he needs to call people out (Matthew 23), sometimes he just lives a life differently than the religious leaders and shows the people how it is supposed to be done, and sometimes He just comes right out and says exactly what He means. Turn your attention to the Sermon on the Mount, or what I like to call, “The ultimate Jesus moment” where Jesus takes the corrupt thinking at the time and tells them how it ought to be.
Jesus towards the end of the Sermon on the Mount with some of the most powerful, yet simple words a person can ever hear, “Why do you call Me , Lord, Lord, and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46) Wow, talk about a terrible feeling. Imagine Jesus Himself, saying these words to you. Well there is good news, a Jesus moment can happen every time you open up the word of God. James describes it as looking into a mirror at the perfect law of liberty (God’s word) and being an effectual doer (James 2:19-25 NASB). Or in other words, the one who has a “Jesus Moment” from the word of God and does what it says, James says that man will be blessed. Jesus back in Luke 6:47, uses very similar words, “Everyone who comes to Me and hears my words and acts on them, I will show you who he is like:” Jesus continues with the story of the man who builds their house on foundation Rock, when the winds and storms come, his house will stand.
A Jesus moment is when we realize we are living in opposition to God’s word; we can react like the Pharisees did and reject Jesus, we can act like some do today and profess to love Jesus but not follow His commands, or we can be an effectual doer and be blessed in our life.
Do you want to be blessed by God? Then all Jesus asks, is to do His will the way He wants it to be done. There is no room for human wisdom in God’s will, so let’s remove it from our congregations and daily lives. Let’s take our ultimate “Jesus Moment”, the word of God and apply it our lives so that we live a life worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27)!