Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shout at Jesus: 4 messages we yell out everyday

I recently taught on Psalm 100. While studying and thinking about shouting, I came across something interesting in the four gospels. A lot of shoutin' is going on in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John - but it all comes down to four basic messages.

1.  The demons shouted at Jesus:

“You are the Son of God!”
(Luke 4:41)

“What do you want with us, Son of God?”
(Matthew 8:29, Mark 5:7, Luke 8:28)

2.  Those in need of healing cried out:

“Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!”
(Matthew 20:30, Mark 10:47, Luke 18:39, and others)

3.  Those who believed shouted:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! 
Hosanna in the highest!”
(Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9, John 12:13, and others)

4.  Those who rejected Him cried out:

“Crucify Him!”
(Matthew 27:23, Mark 15:13, Luke 23:21, John 19:6, and others)

Which group are you in?

Are you in need of spiritual healing and recognize that only He can make you whole? Open your mouth and cry out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me. I need your grace and healing to make in me a new heart and a fresh start.”

Do you recognize He is the Son of God but don’t care? Do you know He was more than just a man but choose not to accept it as part of your life? Is your lifestyle mocking God, like the demons? Do your life choices shout, “You are the Son of God, what do you want with me, Son of God?”

Maybe you don’t believe. His life annoys you and you wish He would just go away. You are shouting out, “Crucify Him!” Maybe you are angry at something from this world and this life. You’ve directed that anger at Him and again, you cry out, “Crucify Him!”

Finally, maybe you recognize He is your Creator God who loves you and gave Himself for you. You know He came and died for your sins, resurrected, and will come again to take you to be with Him. You cry out, “Hosanna – Save me, I pray. Blessed are you – I praise you – who comes in the name of the Lord!”

What are you shouting at Jesus today?

1 comment:

  1. So true. I often tell people who are mad at God to tell Him about it. He can handle it. No matter how we get there... we just have to start the conversation.