MELPA LUTHERAN CHURCH- EXODUS CONGREGATION, PORT MORESBY,PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Exodus Congregation is one of the Regional Fellowship areas outside of Melpa Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea Head Quarter in Mount Hagen. Exodus Congregation in Port Moresby, the Capital City of Papua New Guinea. It started within a family with few individuals with the strength and Power of the Holi Spirit. It has expanded over a period of ten years and now it has 6 House Prayers at certain suburbs in Port Moresby

The Authority of Jesus and The Parable of the Two Sons

Shalom Brethren

This week's discussion is based on Matthew 21:23-32. This scripture talks about Jesus responding to the chief priests' questions about what authority Jesus has in performing wonders and teaching the word of God. Brief account of the scripture is recorded as follows:

The Authority of Jesus

  • Jesus entered the temple courts, the chief priests and elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching and said, "By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?" Jesus answered them, "I will also ask you one question. If you answer me then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things.
  • Where did John's baptism come from? From heaven or from people?" They discussed this among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say, 'Then why did you not believe him?' But if we say, 'From people,' we fear the crowd, for they all consider John to be a prophet." So they answered Jesus, "We don't know." Then he said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Jesus then continued with the following words:

The Parable of the Two Sons
  • "What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, 'Son, go and work in the vineyard today.' The boy answered, 'I will not.' But later he had a change of heart and went.
  • The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, 'I will, sir,' but did not go.
  • Which of the two did his father's will?" They said, "The first."
  • Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.

Discussion

For the purpose of our discussion we will only look at two key ideas behind this scenario in the scripture. Firstly, the Humility shown by Jesus Christ to the chief priests and people and secondly the obedience.

Humility
Jesus came to this world as an ordinary man and so humbled himself. He was duty bound to obey His Father in Heaven and did what pleases God. Even when the chief priests asked him what authority you have to do such things, he did not say he is the Son of God but he was so humbled in a way that reference is made to John the Baptist because John the Baptist revealed Christ to the people before Jesus begin his Ministry.

Obedience
In the scenario of the two sons, the first one refused to go and work in the vineyard but then changed his mind and went to work. They second agreed to go work in the vineyard but then did not actually go there to work. The second only pleased the father but disobeyed his father's will. The first did refused to go but actually he obeyed his father's will and went to work in the vineyard.

Today many of people claim to be good christians and follow God's law and act as faithful christians by going to church and hear the word of God and show to others that we are church goers and strong hold believers of Christ for a long time. We speak as christians to please others but in fact, we don't actually do what is required of as christians.

Sometimes we must humble ourselves, think like a sinner who is unworthy in the sight of Jesus Christ , go to Jesus with humble prayers for mercy and and forgiveness, repent every time for what we do in our thoughts and actions be be like sinners then surely he will cleanse us and will be pleased with us as we obey his commands/will.

It is unwise to boast about things that we do in the church and show to people that we are doing this and that in church as it will defeat the purpose of humility. Sometimes, keep it low and let others don't see it but Glory will to for the Lord and not ours.

Believing in the word of God and following all the laws of God as a show of obedience and continue to live humbly in the presence of the Lord is what required of us to do in life. Show some humility and obedience in our lives so that Christ will raise us from our low platforms/death.

Jesus Christ taught us to be humbled to as he appeared in human form and was crucified, died, buried and God Raised him from the dead on the third day and Gave him the Highest Glory and the Highest Name above all names and he is seated at the right hand of the father and he will come again in the Clouds of Glory to judge the living and the dead.

Are we going ahead to the Kingdom of God???

May the Lord bless thy word unto our hearts.

Amen


Disclaimer:
Gramatical errors and miss quotings are ours.



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