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Jesus Won’t Stay Put!

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Jesus won’t stay put!

Jesus leaves heaven to come to earth. He willingly sets aside His equality with God to come to earth – born not in a palace, but in a stable, laid in a feed trough. But Jesus won’t stay put.

No longer a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths, He is raised by Mary and Joseph and at the age of twelve travels to Jerusalem as was His family’s Passover tradition. Two days into their return journey home, Jesus can’t be found. He won’t stay put. A frantic search ends at the temple, His Father’s house, listening and asking questions of the teachers. He returns home with His parents where He “kept increasing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.”

Jesus won’t stay put. Baptized, filled with Holy Spirit and then led into the wilderness to be tempted, Jesus returns ready to call others to no longer stay put, but to follow Him. Jesus remains obedient to His heavenly Father, preaching that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and manifesting the kingdom through the forgiveness of sins, healing the sick, cleansing lepers, raising the dead, and casting out devils – or as Peter later said of Jesus:

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.  Acts 10:28

Yet, Jesus would not remain on earth forever – He won’t stay put. As He continued – obedient to His Father’s will, seeking and saving what is lost, serving rather than being served, giving His life as a ransom for us – He made His way to the cross where He would carry our sins, our sorrows, our infirmities, falsely accused, mocked, condemned, crucified, died, wrapped in burial clothes and laid in a rich man’s tomb.

But… three days later… as the women return to the tomb to prepare His body, the stone is rolled away and the white-robed herald declares, “He has risen, He is not here.”

Jesus won’t stay put. 

He ascends into heaven and then as promised, sends Holy Spirit – the same Spirit that filled Jesus through His life, the same Spirit that raised Him from the dead – to fill us so that we too can be His people: His family, His body, His Church who comes with the very presence and power of God to carry on the will and work of not staying put, but manifesting the kingdom and will of God on earth as in heaven.

May we be like Jesus, who won’t stay put… sought, bought, and now sent by Him to love God and others into His kingdom!

Pastor Jon