This message is part of a series entitled, “God Tries His Children”. To see all of the messages in this series, please click here.
Last Sunday was Easter Sunday. We celebrated the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We looked at a variety of evidences of the resurrection. One glaring fact: everyone knew the tomb was empty. The entire struggle to disprove the resurrection proves the tomb was empty. There would be no concern if the body remained. We also found direct evidence that many saw Jesus. If people had not seen Him, there would be no reason to theorize concerning His appearances; no reason to explain why people saw Him. The fact is that in their denial we find testimony of the truth. Jesus Christ arose the third day to defeat death and Hell and all the fears of mankind’s mortality.
Jesus humbled Himself to be with us; He came from a perfect Heaven to an imperfect Earth. Jesus gave us living examples of heavenly love, service and life. Jesus ministered to the people in Judea in the first century and He continues to minister to us today both in Heaven and through the Word. Jesus lived on Earth for 30 or so years. He continues to live among, through and in us today. Our Lord is a risen Lord. Our Lord is a living God. Our Lord says worship Me and Me alone and I will give you eternal life. Our Lord has proven He can provide life and access to Heaven because He provided it to Himself. Christianity is about this person, not about ritual or ordinance or rigorous discipline. Christianity is about Christ. Christianity is about loving the Father through the Son with the Holy Spirit. Jesus fulfilled the Father’s requirements for entrance into Heaven and He imputes that righteousness upon all who believe in Him. Jesus sent the Comforter to encourage our souls. Only through Jesus can you have the Holy Spirit. Only through Jesus can we have life eternal in Heaven. We serve a truly awesome loving God who sent His only Son to secure our salvation.
We will consider three verses today. Our first verse, Matthew 8:22, is taken from a passage where Jesus is testing the veracity of an individual’s commitment to follow Him. The man still worries of the things in the world. Our second passage in Matthew 10:35 is extremely serious. Most anyone in the world would balk at its message. Many question Jesus’ love and devotion to the salvation of man because of this passage. They also point to this as a passage where Jesus might condone breaking the fifth commandment to “honor thy father and mother.” The passage in no way indicates that, but testifies of a believer who is committed to the family of God, not the family of man. The final passage, Luke 18:22, is another one that has confused many. This coupled with verses that follow seems to say being wealthy disqualifies you from Heaven. This could not be farther from the truth. Like Job, knowing where that wealth comes from and to whom it actually belongs is the key issue (Job 1:21). If God calls you in service to liquidate all you own and seek to follow Him, He is testing your commitment. Continue reading