Bryan Jarrett - January 13, 2019

The Humanity of Jesus

We have come out of the Christmas season this year doing something a little different. Instead of taking our conversation a completely different direction, we decided to dive deeper into the incarnation of Jesus. The message of the incarnation is that God became a man; that He has come here to be with us. It’s about His presence. We want to know what that looks like in our lives in a practical sense. What does that mean for me on a Tuesday morning at work, or at soccer practice Thursday night, or at our family’s table when we finally get a chance to sit down and have a meal together. This is a year when we want to learn how to practice the presence of God; to be carriers of the presence of God. We want to learn how to literally “flesh” out our faith. Jesus made the announcement that He had come to establish His kingdom in the world; it is a new and different way of living life. So what does it look like to live as He commanded, now that the Kingdom of God is here on Earth? Before He left, Jesus made a remarkable statement. Jesus said, "I’m going to give you the keys of the kingdom. I’ve taught you, I’ve shown you, but I’m going to go now, so here are the keys." He turned the success of things over to us, and we are not doing so well with those keys, at least not in our part of the world. 80 years ago, close to 80 percent of Americans attended a church. In 1980, only 40 percent were attending. In 2012, it was around 25 percent, and by 2020, some say as little as 10 percent of the population will actually be going to church (much less following Jesus). If we continue to be Christians like we are, and if we keep doing church like we are, we will be as unchurched as Europe or anywhere else in the west, where people no longer look to Christians or the church for spiritual help. This is why we need to have a serious look at what it means to follow Jesus; what it really is to establish the Kingdom of God.

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