Practical Proverbial, from Hebrews, 28 October 2016

Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.  Hebrews 3, verses 5-6

Concerning these verses, the Concordia study bible I use as a writing guide says, “The superiority of Christ over Moses is shown in two comparisons:  (1) Moses was a servant whereas Christ is a son, and (2) Moses was in God’s house, i.e. a apart of it, whereas Christ is over God’s house.”

Translate:  Jesus is over you.

So the other day I was talking with my atheist friend again.   We spent 70-80 Facebook posts debating the existence of God.   At the end of our discussion, after he shot in a few pretty vulgar expletives concerning his opinion of the Almighty, he said he thought I had been trolling him, playing him for a chump in the conversation.   Nothing could have been further from the truth as I reiterated to him several times “Jesus loves you just the way you are.  Just the way you are: atheist, hostile to God, full of rage, full of angst. He wants you, as you are, to get to know Him so He can replace anything that hurts you with Himself. THAT is the start of real freedom and peace. And it’s free; costs you nothing. He believed in you so much He died for you so that you don’t have to be separated from His ultimate love, peace and holiness.”

I said that because Jesus is over him.   Whether someone believes in Him or not, Jesus is over him.   Jesus is over everything.  It couldn’t be any other way because, if Jesus weren’t over everything, He couldn’t have redeemed everyone.   His sacrifice would have been incomplete, and that simply cannot be.

Now, my atheist friend and I share a distrust of our government.   We believe our government has grown too powerful, too corrupt.   While we differ on what should be done, who should be in power and other points, we share this common distrust about that expanding and seemingly unchecked growing power-cancer.

Here’s where we would disagree again:  Jesus is over the government.   In fact, nothing the government does, not the most corrupt politician or the worst unindicted crime occurs without Jesus seeing it and factoring how He will work the outcome for the good of His Kingdom.   In this contentious election season, that matters greatly because, no matter what some imperfect human candidate may do, Jesus will still be in ultimate control.   No matter how Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton further tangle the spaghetti-tangle of the Federal government, none of it will happen without Jesus’ oversight.   And no matter whether our economy succeeds or fails, whether we’re in war or peace, or whatever comes down the pike, Jesus will still be King.

He will be King over our house.   And here’s the kicker:   our house isn’t just our home, our building, or our country.   We are His house.   We are God’s house.   The church isn’t some building:   WE are the church.   God has built us up as His permanent movement, the structure through which He will reach those, like my friend, who don’t know Him or who have willfully turned away from Him.   We are the foundation for that and, as the old hymn says, ‘the church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord.”  We are Jesus’ church here on planet Earth.   Jesus is over this church because He is over us.  He’s even over my atheist friend.

For more reading:   Exodus 14:31, Numbers 12:7, Hebrews 1:2, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Timothy 3:15, Romans 11:22.

Lord, You and only You are Lord and master of my life.   I’m Your house here.   Let me be Your shelter, Your home, Your provision, Your fortress for Your church of my brothers and sisters wherever I am.

 

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