He taught me eternal principles along with the importance of work and responsibility as I grew up working in our small family business and on our farm. After high school I was preparing to leave home to attend college. I was eager to find employment so I could finance my college expenses, but I became anxious when the weeks of summer began to pass and I still had no job. My father also became concerned. One day I asked him what he thought I should do to solve my problem. He suggested that we pray, fast, and make sure all of our tithes and offerings were current with the Lord.
Immediately the business and farm accounts were balanced and tithing was paid. My father and I were united in purpose as we offered tithes and fervent prayers together. We have been richly blessed as we have continued to teach from this experience. I am grateful for a father who recognized the opportunity to teach a son to act on an eternal principle.
When Jesus spoke, Joseph and Mary v. Luke says v. Throughout the ministry of Jesus, His Sonship would be challenged. This was the most controversial aspect of His life. The controversy over this fact would lead Jesus to the cross. Even today, this is the great point of controversy in the world. Many will accept Him as a prophet or teacher, but not as the Son of God. Despite controversy, no fact is more central to the gospel.
Jesus is God.
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He is the Son of God. Today, we must accept Him as the Son of God. This is crucial to all that we are and do. The fact would become full blown at the midpoint of his ministry. Jesus gave His disciples an exam.
Matthew writes:. Many people claim that all roads lead to God.
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His guest was Madonna. He asked her, "Do you believe in God. I study all religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and others. I believe that all roads lead to God. Because she does not know Jesus, she does not know God. We do not hold that Christianity is unique because of pride of place, our loyalty to our background, or for other such reasons. Christianity is unique because Christ is unique. He is the Son of God, the only One worthy to die for our sins. It was God who was in Christ dying on the cross.
The apostle Paul writes II Cor. Many young people, and even older people, struggle to find their identity. I have a friend who is over 60 who says he is still asking, "What am I going to be when I grow up? God is the Father of all men, but there is a special relationship with those who believe in Christ. We are sons of God as believers in Christ. We, too, can be sons of God through Christ. Paul Gal. Christ is unique, the only begotten Son of God, but through Him, we become sons.
We are brothers of Christ and heirs with Him.
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Whatever else we may be, we can live with confidence because we are children of God. You may feel that you don't count, that you lack talent, that you can't relate well at school, that you are not liked. Just remember that you are a child of God. And God will help you overcome all the other problems.
The presence of Jesus on earth was not an accident. He came to fulfill a very definite plan and destiny for His life. Throughout His ministry, He did what was in harmony with that plan. Jesus declared that He "must" be doing what He was doing. He had the inner sense of compulsion born of the Spirit of God. There was a sense of destiny about it. In Luke's gospel compare John ; ; ; ; we note the following:.
The destiny of Christ was to become our Savior. Inwardly, He had that compelling sense of love and duty to seek us out, to search for us. That destiny would cost Him greatly. Even Christ seemed to be taken back by the intensity of the suffering. At about the ninth hour, when Christ was dying on the cross, He cried out with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? Many leaders have a strong sense of destiny. Ordway Tead states: "The greatest of leaders have been sustained by a belief that they were in some way instruments of destiny, that they tapped hidden reserves of power, that they truly lived as they tried to live in harmony with some greater, more universal purpose or intention in the world.
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Many of the great Biblical leaders were chosen and destined of God for their roles. Typically, they came to their ministries in humility and uncertainty about themselves. Then, God would make it clear what their destiny was. A sense of destiny is sometimes connected with a strong sense of the mercy of God. For example, let us consider the attitude of John Wesley. John Wesley's father, Samuel, was a dedicated pastor, but there were those in his parish who did not like him. On February 9, , a fire broke out in the rectory at Epworth, possibly set by one of the rector's enemies.
Young John, not yet six years old, was stranded on an upper floor of the building. Two neighbors rescued the lad just seconds before the roof crashed in. One neighbor stood on the other's shoulders and pulled young John through the window. Samuel Wesley said, "Come, neighbors, let us kneel down. Let us give thanks to God. He has given me all my eight children. Let the house go.
I am rich enough. In later years he often noted February 9 in his journal and gave thanks to God for His mercy. Samuel Wesley labored for 40 years at Epworth and saw very little fruit; but consider what his family accomplished! Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching and Preachers, W. Wiersbe, Moody Press, , p. We need not be in the category of the great leaders to have a sense of destiny. As believers, we know that God has a plan for each of our lives.
We can all have a sense of destiny. We are His servants. We are all sons of God and are being led by the Spirit. The Spirit will guide us faithfully to fulfill the plan of God for our lives. Jesus was concerned about His Father's business. His main desire was to do the will of His Father and to accomplish His purpose.
He makes this clear in what He says next. Seeing the concern of His parents, Jesus asked two questions. The second question literally asks Vincent , Did you not know that I had to be "in the things of my Father. The main translations are "in my Father's house" or "about my Father's business. According to John Nolland Word , one approach to interpreting this phrase is "to opt for multiple layers of meaning through the use of a deliberately ambivalent expression.
With regard to the two main translations, there is not a big difference between "in my Father's house" and "about my Father's business. So today I will highlight the King James approach which is "about my Father's business. Jesus claimed that He must be about His "father's business. When His parents found Him, He was "sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them, and asking them questions.
Jesus was in the Temple as a thoughtful learner, not as a teacher. When the rabbis taught, they asked a lot of questions. Students would answer and ask their own questions. It was very interactive. At the time, the business of the Father for Jesus was to be a learner. The full nature of "Father's business" would become clearer later in the ministry of Jesus.
We have previews in Luke and Jesus Himself made a strong and comprehensive declaration in the synagogue at Nazareth. Quoting Isaiah , he proclaimed Luke :. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, 19 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. Throughout His ministry, Jesus proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom, He healed the sick, He cast out devils, He proclaimed release to the captives, and He set free those who were downtrodden.
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The more political aspects of this proclamation will be fulfilled in a greater way when He returns to rule over the earth. The ultimate consummation of His Father's business is still ahead. We are often challenged to valiantly do our work. Sometimes, however, we are not clear on what that task is.
Robert Orben asks, "Who can ever forget Winston Churchill's immortal words: 'We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. However, we need not be unclear. Jesus has given us specific commands. What is our task? Today we have focused on the first recorded words of Jesus. As we continue to read His words, His heart and vision become clear. He desires that all people everywhere hear His gospel.
He has given the command to "go" and we must obey. We have talked about: 1 the reaction of Jesus to the concerns of His parents, 2 the Sonship of Jesus, 3 the destiny of Jesus, and 4 the duty of Jesus. We have applied each of these points to our own lives. If you have not yet accepted Christ, I invite you to come to Him today.
You can then build your life on a relationship with this Jesus, the unique Son of God. Many of you are believers. As believers, we must bow again and again at the foot of the cross. It is there that we learn most about who we are, why we should be grateful, and why we should commit ourselves to the business of the Father. Let us commit ourselves again today.
Your comments on this message are welcome. You may wish to ask a question, tell what was helpful to you, discuss a point further, or comment in some other way. If this message has led you to accept Christ as Savior, please let us know. We welcome the opportunity to interact with you. Flattery - Sermons on What Jesus Said. Overview The aim of this message is to encourage people to believe in Christ and to be committed to His business. Parental Concern Joseph and Mary were anxious. Jesus Surprised Mary's question seems normal enough. Family Life Sometimes, in family life, tension arises between parents and children.
Puttputt, age 10, writes, "My Mom doesn't let me e-mail, so I'm busy contemplating a scheme. Jesus was both divine and human. We see how this works out in an everyday setting. Parental Understanding As we have seen, Joseph and Mary knew the identity of Christ, but this was still a moment of revelation for them. Mary's Response Sometimes, parents have the unique problem of having precocious children.