090621 Centered On Christ 03 Under Christ


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Sermon 3 of 7 in a series "Centered on Christ" presented June 21, 2009, at Palm Desert Church of Christ by Dale Wells.

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090621 Centered On Christ 03 Under Christ

  1. 3. Study of relationships Christians sustain to Christ <ul><li>Many-sided with one commonality </li></ul><ul><li>All are relationships with Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Seven prepositions </li></ul><ul><li>Through Christ </li></ul><ul><li>In Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Under Christ </li></ul><ul><li>With Christ </li></ul><ul><li>For Christ </li></ul><ul><li>To Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Like Christ </li></ul>
  2. 4. Review of previous lessons <ul><li>“ Through Christ” introduced mediation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In revelation & redemption, God has done his work on man's behalf through Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ In Christ” looked at union with Christ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New status – we are children of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New life – empowered by the Spirit of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New community – the family of God </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Today we look at “under Christ” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Submission to authority & lordship of Jesus Christ </li></ul></ul>
  3. 5. The distasteful idea of submission
  4. 6. Being “under” anyone offends our human ego <ul><li>Calling one an “underling” is humiliating </li></ul><ul><li>Subordinates are often treated as inferior </li></ul><ul><li>Calling one an “underdog” suggests victimization, injustice & oppression </li></ul><ul><li>Being “under” anyone damages human dignity </li></ul>
  5. 7. There is no element of oppression or humiliation in being under Christ <ul><li>God has exalted Christ over all </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ephesians 1:22-23 NIV And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If Christ is over us as Lord, then we are under him as servants </li></ul>
  6. 8. To be under Christ is not frustration, but fulfillment & freedom <ul><li>Matthew 11:28-30 NIV &quot;Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>“ Yoke” is a frame laid on necks of farm animals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Bible, to be under a yoke is submission to authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When described as “yoke of iron”, symbolizes cruelty </li></ul></ul>
  7. 9. By contrast, Jesus offers an “easy” yoke <ul><li>Chrestos connotes “well-fitting” or “serviceable” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ My yokes fit well” – claim of carpenter trade </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Yoke of Christos is chrestos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority of Jesus is kindly, loving & gentle </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jesus invites us to take his custom-made yoke voluntarily – to voluntarily submit to his authority </li></ul>
  8. 10. Under Christ’s yoke
  9. 11. &quot;Learn from me&quot; <ul><li>Matthew 11:29 NIV Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. </li></ul><ul><li>Our minds (thoughts, opinions, views, thinking) must come under the yoke of Christ </li></ul>
  10. 12. Jews understood this concept <ul><li>The rabbis spoke of “the yoke of the Law” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Law was not oppressive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Became oppressive through years of human additions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In place of the burdensome yoke of the elders, Jesus offered an easy yoke </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A subtle change of metaphors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus begins as a farmer offering a yoke </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He continues as a teacher offering a lesson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jesus is our Savior & Teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We are his students </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Early Christians were happy to submit to Jesus <ul><li>Called selves “disciples”, “servants” & “slaves” </li></ul><ul><li>Knew that even the mind must submit to Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 14. Theme of submitting to mind of Christ – neglected in recent years <ul><li>Too many like Martha – go-getters, always busy, having no time to sit at the feet of Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where are Marys, making time to sit at his feet? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Average church member has no desire to bring his mind into submission to teaching of Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We prefer our own opinions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Only place to discover the mind of Christ is Bible </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you don't spend time in Scripture, you can never know the mind of Christ </li></ul></ul>
  13. 15. We must bring our wills under Christ’s yoke
  14. 16. Matthew 7:24-27 NIV <ul><li>&quot;Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.&quot; </li></ul>
  15. 17. A moral, as well as an educational dimension to Christ’s yoke <ul><li>We must hear his teachings </li></ul><ul><li>We must also obey his commands </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The wise listens and obeys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The foolish listens and ignores </li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;Obedience&quot; is not a popular word </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discordant to the ears & distasteful to the palate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In NT, freedom comes through obedience </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. When we come under the grace of God, we are still under orders <ul><li>1 Corinthians 9:21 NIV To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Under Christ's law” means submitting to the will of Christ in making our daily moral decisions </li></ul>
  17. 19. Have you submitted to the mind of Christ? <ul><li>Business ethics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you engage in shady practices, or not? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sexual practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you engage in sex outside of marriage? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How about homosexuality? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If pregnant, would you consider an abortion? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Marital faithfulness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you lust about or flirt with those not your spouse? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you thinking about having an affair? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If having a rough time, are you considering divorce? </li></ul></ul>
  18. 20. A Christian is one who submits mind & will to Jesus
  19. 21. &quot;Teacher&quot; and &quot;Lord&quot; are not honorary titles <ul><li>John 13:13 NIV &quot;You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. </li></ul><ul><li>As Teacher, Jesus instructs us </li></ul><ul><li>As Lord, he commands our obedience </li></ul><ul><li>It is inconceivable that a Christian would disagree with or disobey Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>If we do, our claims to be Christian lose their credibility </li></ul>
  20. 22. It’s a matter of conversion <ul><li>Our minds are not converted unless they are in submission to the mind of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Our wills are not converted unless they are in submission to the will of Christ </li></ul><ul><li>Is Christ the Lord of the church, or is the church the lord of Christ? </li></ul>
  21. 23. Will you listen obediently to Jesus – or will you ignore him? <ul><li>Freedom & fulfillment found under Christ's yoke </li></ul><ul><li>Have you come to him as Master & Teacher? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have you submitted to him by obeying him? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are you continuing to learn from him? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under Christ – freedom & fulfillment as nowhere else </li></ul></ul>