Sunday, January 20, 2013

Embracing Discoveries


Life is filled with discoveries. All we know was at one time a new discovery and all we will yet learn are but our discoveries waiting to be made.

To discover is to uncover what was already there. For example:

Christopher Columbus did not invent the Americas nor did he create them any more than Benjamin Franklin invented or created electricity or Sir Isaac Newton invented or created gravity. No … but rather Christopher Columbus is credited with the discovery of this wonderful land where now stands the United States of America.

This brings up an important point. some say that Columbus discovered America but to the people who were already living in the Americas in the late 1400‘s, Christopher Columbus did not discover a thing. They already knew that they and their native lands existed, it was only a discovery for those who were not as yet enlightened in this matter.

So, the greatest discovery of the 15th Century embraced by so many important and well educated people was already known and being taken advantage of by those thought to be some of the poorest and most illiterate people in the world. However, it was not the indigenous Native Americans who were poor and stupid – it was rather those who had lived their whole lives thus far not knowing the wealth, peace, joy and beauty this land affords which bountifulness others had enjoyed for ages.

This reveals an important principle:

Others may be experiencing bountiful riches which we are yet to personally discover.

So it was in the lives of a group of disciples who were following Jesus in the Galilee near 2000 years ago. Let’s discover this truth together …

John 6
44  "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
47  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.
48  "I am the bread of life.
51  "I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world."
54  "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
60  Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, "This is a hard saying; who can understand it?"
61  When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, "Does this offend you?
66  From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.
67  Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?"
68  But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
69  "Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

·        For one group of disciples it was a “hard saying”
·        For the other group – Jesus spoke the “words of eternal life”

One group said “Amen!” while the other said, “Oh Me!”

What is the definition of a “hard saying”? ~
·        A “Hard Saying” is a truth we have yet to discover and embrace.

Those who had already discovered the life giving power of the Bread of Life were satisfied with the requirements – those who had not yet discovered who Jesus is were a bit uncomfortable committing to His requirements.

What does John 8:32 say? “… you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.”

The Greek word translated “know” means “learning to know” or “to come to know” or in essence, “to make a discovery”. (ginosko ~ an idiom used for sexual intercourse between a man and a women in the sense of the process of getting to know someone) – (John 6:69 & John 8:32 – know)

Of course there are many truths from the God’s Word which we have yet to “come to believe and know” - discover and embrace. Allow me to share three of the most important and least threatening, but three of the hardest sayings of the Lord which many are yet to discover and embrace.

Look with me at the end of a familiar passage in 1 Corinthians 13 for a moment. Specifically: 1 Corinthians 13:12 & 13

1 Corinthians 13
12  For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I simply ask you this morning: Have you yet discovered:
·        Faith
o   For today – faith that keeps you trusting in God’s grace
o   This trust can be found today by coming to know Jesus
o   Others are experiencing the bountiful blessings which can only come from an abiding faith in Him – Discover faith
·        Hope
o   For tomorrow
o   Which hope is the anchor of our soul both sure and steadfast
o   This is a “hard saying” for some who have yet to discover and embrace the truth concerning the eternity which awaits all men
·        Love
o   For God – above all else
o   For yourself – we must love ourselves before we can love …
o   Others – and then, we must love others as much as self

There are many other hard sayings which we may have yet to discover however, if we will begin to embrace and begin to exercise these basics … no doubt we will come to believe and to know more.