True rest in Bethesda

Matt 5:31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him, “you of little faith” he said, “why did you doubt?”.

Matt 5:32 and when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God”

Jesus never demanded to be worshiped whilst He was on earth. The disciples asked where He stayed, and He asked them to follow Him home. In their walk as disciples of Jesus, the revelation came to them and they worshipped Jesus as the Son of God.

The humility of Jesus never amazes me. Jesus never demanded worship as God not because He is not God but because He came not to enforce the law but to fulfill it by dying at the Cross. It was a decision by the disciples to worship Jesus when they finally had the revelation by faith He was the Son of God. Jesus brings us to a point of decision.

Mat 26:63, 64 But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to Him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God. “You have said so”, Jesus replied. “But i say to all of you…”

Jesus was deliberately silent. Everyone knew Jesus was claiming to be God hence to be worshiped. The high priest was so angry at the apparent blasphemy that he tore his clothes. Yet some modern pastors repeating everyday the love commandments still insist that Jesus never called Himself God nor asked to be worshiped. The law will never bring us closer to God.

Jesus leveraged on the fact that the hardened religious heart of the pharisees and the high priest would never have the revelation by themselves that Jesus is God despite all the miracles and prophecies fulfilled. He was the silent gentle lamb lest they see the light, bowed down to worship Jesus and not sent Him to the Cross. Jesus could have floated in the air surrounded by a thousand angels but He humbly emptied Himself so that He could die for us and rose again.

If worship and love was demanded as the love commandments, it would be an outward action rather than an inward faith conviction of the heart. The outward worship would not last when Jesus ascended to heaven.

When Jesus walked on water, it was a moment of revelation for the disciples and they automatically worshiped Jesus as God. It was an issue of faith so many learned pastors, bishops and theologians are lacking. They want it written as a law but Jesus wanted faith.

Even the most hardened disciple Thomas bowed down and worshipped Jesus saw His nail scarred hands. We are blessed when we have faith to believe even not seeing all that Jesus had done. And this blessing comes to churches who believes rather than doubt.

When Jesus cast the legion of demons, they refered to Jesus as the Son of God and even asserting that their time on earth has not yet ended. They asked to be cast into pigs rather than the depths of hell. Ironically, we have very learned pastors and bishops who don’t seem to believe the obvious.

Jesus came not to demand worship as God because He came not to insist and demand obedience under the law. The love commandments is a demand, often quoted by some yet they failed to love and worship Jesus as God.

The laws of the old testament were replaced by less absolute imperatives, don’t do this or that eg to forgive our enemies. But unlike the OT there is often an Indicative, a context, why we do thus. Eg we forgive because Christ has forgiven our sin at the Cross. It gives the reason why you do the imperatives. No one under the law was able to love, in the law. We love because we are conscious of God’s love for us through Jesus Christ. We pray not to get close to God, we pray because we are close to Jesus through the blood.

We have to trust the Word of God rather in the word of man. God didn’t give a large platform for many GLBT churches because what they teach primarily from man and not by faith.

The GLBT community longs for rest yet we provide them with a Christian faith based on the law with its heavy burdens. There is no rest even in the love commandments because we have failed to love God. When we have GLBT churches where there is rest for the weary soul, then truly they will come back to church, and come back Home.

The first rest, is the rest in our conscience if we truly believe Jesus is lord God and Saviour. Come to me and i will give you rest, is a rest in your conscience.  It is a rest being forgiven in God.

Mat 11:28 30 come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and i will give you rest. 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. My yoke is easy and my burden is light

The second rest is the rest in your soul. And the rest comes when we learnt to walk and arise like the lame man who is a picture of Israel in the desert for 38 years. He was made whole not the law which depended on openings and seasons where the anointing of God comes down, but it is a present dispensation of grace to receive the blessings effortlessly.

The man was lame. It would have never been possible for him to enter the pool of Bethesda, the house of grace first. This is a picture of the law, a heavy burden which can never be fulfilled. Bethsaida was a house of mercy under the law, but it was very limited and unfair. For mercy to be received, it still had to be his own effort which failed him.

The yoke of the law is hard work based on our self effort to love God and love the other, but the yoke of Jesus is light for the large grapes of the promised land are ripe for picking without hard work. Grace is walking and picking the low hanging fruits already ripen by God’s grace.

We didn’t grow the vineyard, it is already there representing Christ. The grape represents wine which is joy as we walk by God’s grace eating free grapes bought by the blood of the lamb.

The second rest will bring rest in our soul because the grace of God shall be our recompense and restoration for the incredible lost and pain in our lives for GLBT christians.

Thus says the Lord of Hosts, “I will build a church for my rainbow children where they will find rest in their conscience and rest in their soul”. They will finally be Home and shall run no more.