Being with Jesus

elephant-692126_640Acts 4:13: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. (ESV)

Being with Jesus is all about hunger for him. We seek him for his wisdom and power (1Corinthians 1:24).

Wisdom

As the Word, Jesus represents the will of the father. In the Sermon on the Mount, he made some remarks about prevailing idea concerning the word of God. He said “you have heard that it is wrong to commit fornication, however, I tell you the truth, even if you look at a woman to lust after her, in the heart, the fornication has taken place (Matthew 5:27-29).”

He shows us that thoughts are things. He said that sin is not about what goes into you, but what comes out of you in evil thoughts (Mark 7:14-23). His focus was on the inner workings of the mind, and that definitely makes us realise that we truly need forgiveness and mercy, grace for reconciliation with God and not of works.

Jesus is the fullness of the Godhead bodily, i.e. God’s full representative being God, and he draws our attention to what happens in the heart. Though what he said was not completely new, he focused on it like a laser. He spoke of the Pharisees as being full of dead men’s bones and white on the outside, being whitewashed sepulchres (Matthew 23:25-28).

God told the Israelites: you people honour me with your lips but your heart is far from me. What goes on in the heart, in thought, is as important as what is done, because the latter comes before the former. The inner cannot be faked, while the outer can be. That is why we can have hypocrites, which was Jesus’ famous descriptions of the Pharisees (Luke 12:1). Jesus also says out of the abundance of the heart speaks the mouth (Matthew 12:34).

In a major parable that he said is important to understanding others parable that he used to describe the kingdom of God, Jesus talked about different kinds of hearts and the different impact the word can have on the heart (Mark 4:1-34). The Old Testament said that from our heart is the issue of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Jesus spoke about the inward knowing of the truth which begins with continuing in his word. These dynamics of wisdom were manifested in the life of Jesus. He is the gate to our knowing God as we should. He rebuked one of the disciples that he was wrong to still ask for the father, if he had seen him (John 14:7-9). Whoever you think you know without passing through Jesus, the door, is no knowledge.

Wisdom is important because it tells us how to get things done without wasting our time, without exerting energy in futility. The bible says that the labour of fools wears them out because they do not know how to get to the city (Ecclesiastes 10:15). Their problem was not lack of motion but a lack of wisdom.

Jesus being the wisdom of God is the download of the divine how-tos. He told Nicodemus, except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God (John 3:1-8). That divine edit cannot be modified. Many people make some religious effort, but those are nothing better than beating the air in which effort was being made, but nothing is changed. Except a man be born again, not improved upon, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Jesus has a special concern for those who are heavy laden and labouring without much result, inviting them to himself, being the Wisdom that leads to rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Since he created Man, he knows how to make him function best, and at rest is the best, in a state of connection with God, it is wisdom and it is rest. He said men ought always to pray and not to faint. Jesus does not just give wisdom, he is wisdom, he embodies it and when we embody him, he flows through us in that dimension.

Power

We also need to know the power that Jesus represents. He said we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon us and we shall witnesses to him (Acts 1:8). We will witness by our lives who Jesus was in power while he walked the earth.

Jesus did not walk the earth without power, he expects nothing less from us. While on earth he operated in the power of heaven and, therefore, dominated on the earth, because what is of heaven is above what is of the earth. The Holy Spirit was the resources that Jesus used to great effect in this life

The demonstration of the power of God in the miraculous can bring thousands to repentance in one fell sweep. Philip went to Samaria to preach and with the demonstration of the miracles the lame, for example walked, and as one man, the people believed in Jesus, believed the message that Phillip preached that he was God’s messenger to tell them the truth about the saviour (Acts 8).

It takes power to experience supernatural multiplication, Jesus was able to feed though with a few loaves of bread and some fish because of the power of God at work in his life (John 6:1-16). That is also the effect of the power of God in our lives. It does not matter the number, when the power of God is displayed, all needs are met.

At a time, Jesus was in a house preaching and the bible says that the power of God was present to heal and it did not matter the illness there would be a solution (Luke 5:17). There was a time power was flowing from the body of Jesus and those who touched him became healed. Such power is available for us to walk in because as it is written, Jesus said that those who believe in him will exhibit a greater level of supernatural work (John 14:12).

God has empowered our words to be instruments to deliver power. Through words God made the world. The bible says that where the word of a king is there is power (Ecclesiastes 8:10). And Jesus has made us kings (Revelation 5:10).When we hear from God and act on it, there will be the expression of power in our lives.

The power breaks down the barriers that the devil erects. Jesus said that a strong man who guides his prison house is formidable and cannot be easily defeated, but when a stronger-than-he comes along, he removes the armour in which he trusts and plunder his goods (Luke 11:21-22).

That does not mean the strong man had stopped being strong, but since a stronger man has shown up on the scene it will be as if he was not strong at all.

The devil had power but Jesus coming shows that “power pass power.” Jesus is the power of God, he is the means for God to render the devil useless as if has no power. Look at how Jesus dealt with evil spirits, it was no competition, it was demolition, he was light and there was darkness (John 1:1-7). There is only so much darkness can do in the presence of light. It disappears, it will be as nothing and a thing of nought (Isaiah 41:12).

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