Eyes That See

“I Once Was Blind”

“Jesus vs religion”

This is a great video of Mark Driscoll, pastor at Seattle’s Mars Hill Church.

He says that religion and Jesus are not exactly the same thing.  He says that religion leads to either pride or despair, whereas Jesus leads to humble, confident joy.

I guess in a way you could say that Jesus leads to pride and despair, rather than either/or, and that leads to joy.

We despair in our position before Jesus in all His glory, knowing that He was and is fully God and fully man, the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Alpha and the Omega, etc.  And we are selfish, prideful, impatient sinners.

Yet we take pride in the cross.  And we take pride in Jesus.  And we take pride in knowing that, through Jesus, we who are guilty have been and always will be proclaimed innocent before the One Lawgiver and Judge, who is righteous, holy, just, loving, and so much more!

John Piper and his Desiring God Ministries like to use the first part of 2 Corinthians 6:10, which says simply, “sorrowful yet always rejoicing.”

We are not to be either sorrowful or rejoicing.  We are to be sorrowful and rejoicing.

Sorrowful for our sins.  Sorrowful for souls that are perishing.  Sorrowful for the sorry state of our culture.  Sorrowful for those around us who do not know Jesus.  Sorrowful for ministries that are not Jesus-centered.  Sorrowful for people who read the Bible and don’t see Jesus in both the Old Testament and the New Testament.  Sorrowful for the pain that Jesus suffered on the cross, and the pain, suffering, and persecution that those who have fully served Jesus have endured.

And yet in the face of all of that sorrow, we are to rejoice! Rejoice in the fact that our sins, which are many, are washed away and gone!  Rejoice in the fact that God was merciful enough to give eyes that see, ears that hear, and hearts that understand to a bunch of undeserving sinners like us!  Rejoice that God is able to save souls in the midst of and in spite of a depraved culture such as ours!  Rejoice at the opportunities we are given to bring the joy that only Jesus can give to those around us in our daily lives!  Rejoice in the ministries that are Jesus-centered!  Rejoice that the Old Testament points forward to a coming Messiah!  Rejoice that the New Testament proclaims that Jesus is the Messiah, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Seed of the woman sent to crush the serpant’s head!  Rejoice that Jesus endured the immense pain of the cross “for the joy that lay before Him”!  Rejoice that the cross was not the end of Jesus’ story! Rejoice that He conquered death to bring life to the dead!  Rejoice that those who have suffered, even unto death, for the name and glory of Jesus Christ have been blessed with the crown of life!

And rejoice and delight in the law of the Lord, and meditate on His law day and night!

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” -Hebrews 10:23

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November 7, 2007 - Posted by | Christ, Jesus, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church

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