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When you finally understand Jesus Christ the Man, then you will find that living with Him is not as difficult as religious people would make it out to be, for after all, you are living with a fellow Human Being who has all your traits within Him. Realising that He is fully a Man, who is also the Son of God trying to help us, man, male and female, to become sons of God just like Him, is what helps you and me to drop the religious trappings and the trials that encase all of us. Failing to realise the fullness of His Man-likeness and an idolisation of His God-likeness is one of the greatest, if not the greatest hindrance of all believers of Jesus Christ to come to know Him.

This failure, the ignorance of His Man-likeness and the idolisation of His God-likeness, is what gives rise to error, the error that Jesus said the Sadducees were guilty of because they did not know the Scriptures or the power of God. For the Scriptures declare the Man that He is in Isaiah 53, and the power of God testifies to the Son of God, the God that He is. The proper relationship with Jesus Christ must begin with the knowledge of Him as the Man, for He said to Phillip, “Don’t you know Me, Phillip, even after I have been among you such a long time?”[1] And to worship Him for the God He is, as the disciples did when He came to them walking on the water, as it is written: Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”[2] Though they worshipped Him that night as the Son of God, later at the feeding of the 4000, only one chapter later, they had forgotten and had reverted back to talking to Him as a Man, saying, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”[3]

Herein lies a check for ourselves, each of us individually, and in a way, this is a breather, a rest on a ledge if you like, on our climb up the Mountain of God.

Just what are we like now, what do we now know of Jesus? Are we still ignorant of His humanity while still idolising His divinity, for any love of Him without coming to know Him is both ignorance and idolatry?

The words of the Lord: “…and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth,”[4] as we have taught earlier, demands that we be experts and accurate witnesses of Him. The fullness of that witness does not come unless we come to know Him as both the Son of God and the Son of Man. It is this understanding of the integration of the dual nature of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man into One that makes the complete witness and the complete witness is what the power of the Holy Spirit has been given for.

In Peter’s first preach on the day of Pentecost, he stated, “Jesus of Nazareth was a Man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through Him, as you yourselves know. This Man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put Him to death by nailing Him to the cross.”[5] As such, the witness statement of Peter testified to the Man and the Son of God, and power flowed by the Holy Spirit to add 3000 to their number that day.

The second great addition to the church was of course at the Beautiful Gate, after the raising of the cripple. Again, Peter’s testimony included the humanity of Jesus as he said, “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus. You handed Him over to be killed, and you disowned Him before Pilate, though he had decided to let Him go.”[6]

In both the early preaches of Peter, the Man Jesus Christ was very much preached as the Son of God who He was. In fact, in those days, Peter had little trouble reminding the people that Jesus walked amongst them as a Man—for they, the Jews of Jerusalem, saw Him die. The raising of the cripple and the manifestation of the gift of tongues in Acts 2 were more for the proving of Jesus Christ the Son of God than for Jesus Christ the Son of Man.

Now, flash forward 2000 years to an age when no one knows Him as a Man and those who believe, believe Him to be the Son of God, and we have the familiar problem of ignorance coated with religiosity blurring the whole truth about Jesus Christ.

As part of the resurrection of power to the church, we must now come to know Him as the Man and the Son of God, as the first eleven came to know Him because they walked, talked and ate with Him and were firsthand witnesses of His resurrection. Some even touched His wounds. If we, who have not seen Him nor touched His wounds, not only believe in Him but come to know Him better than they did, then how much more can the power of the Lord flow through us? Indeed, then we can say that the power of the Holy Spirit for the disciples to be His witnesses has been resurrected, not restored. For resurrection is greater than restoration, and what is resurrected can never die again. So the timing is perfect. Resurrection of full power to the disciples, not the church, to be His witnesses in time to prepare this Earth for His arrival and ensure that the resurrected power to witness will not and cannot die again; otherwise this is only a restoration.

As such, it is vitally important that all disciples who are worthy of receiving the resurrected power to be witnesses of Jesus must also be prepared to live and never die[7] until He arrives whenever He chooses to arrive. As such, it calls for patient endurance from the disciples. As an aside at this point, it is clear that full power is not meant to be resurrected to the church but only to the disciples, as the church is made up of followers, believers[8] and disciples. There will inevitably be an overflow of the power to the believers, so that even to them there will be a restoration of the power. It is vital for you and me to understand that the power of the Holy Spirit will be restored to some and be resurrected to others. It would be safe to say at this stage that only the restored power will be given to the False Prophet and the Beast to permit them to perform their signs and wonders, and even the Beast will be able to overcome the two witnesses of Revelation 11 because the witnesses choose to lay down their lives just like Jesus did, as part of the fulfilment of John 14:12.

We have some power restored to us now, but it is painfully obvious that it is not resurrected. So what is missing? It remains this one factor that Paul wrote: For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. That is true for me and for you for it is always, “God bless me in Jesus’ Name,” because we boldly approach the throne in the Name of the Son of God to get the grace, mercy and whatever desires we have in our hearts for our own edification. And when Jesus grants it to us, we love Him, and when the consequence of what we receive comes upon us, we hate Him. This is the sad truth.

So why does everyone look out for their own interests and not those of Jesus Christ? One reason is because we do not see Jesus in His humanity. We do not see Him as the One who is thirsty and needs us to give Him a drink, like the twelve who went off to buy food and didn’t ask Him if He needed a drink of water first, but left Him so that He had to ask a Samaritan woman for a drink. And that night at Gethsemane, none of them considered that the Man, Jesus, would have loved some human company as He prayed to the Father, that even perhaps, just perhaps, Jesus was hoping that there would be another who might stay awake to agree with what He prayed so that it might be done by the Father in Heaven as He had said, “Again I tell you that if two of you on Earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in Heaven.”[9] Mercifully for us, but not for Him, there was no one there that night to agree with Him, so Jesus made His submission to the Father’s will. We see Him as the Son of God, the Rabbi or the Teacher, but not as the Man in need of our consideration and help. Seeing Him as the Man is what Mary Magdalene saw, a Man determined to do what He had set out to do and a Man who deserved the attention of His companions, a Man who deserved to be listened to and believed for what He said without judgment or suspicion. And if that which He said is too incredible for you to believe and you consider Him mad, then should you not show a mad Man some kindness and just humour Him awhile without crucifying Him?

The judgment of Jesus Christ against all men is not just that they refused to believe that He is the Son of God, but that they have refused to treat Him with the decency due to a fellow human being. They did not believe Him at His word even though He confirmed His word by signs, wonders and miracles. Then, not only have men not believed His word, worst of all, they have twisted His word to make it mean what He never intended it to mean. Not only do they not believe in what He said, but they are not interested in how He said it and why He said it. Worse still, men have then taken to using His Name to justify their actions and words.

As long as the early disciples remembered the Man and testified to His humanity, the power that testified of His divinity flowed, but when they forgot about His humanity, the power stopped. Look now again at James’ statement: When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me. Simon [Peter] has described to us how God at first showed His concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself. The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: ‘After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear My Name, says the Lord, who does these things’ that have been known for ages. It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. For Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”[10] It was a great theological speech, devoid of any reference to Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and worst of all, as Jesus the Man who had been his own Brother for many years. There is not a word or a hint from James that he would address the assembly as the half-brother of Jesus the Man they all knew, and he better than any of them, yet it is clear that he used his position as the so-called brother of Jesus Christ to have his say that day. The insipid teaching of James the Younger that drains power lays in the fact that he, who should have known Jesus the Boy, Jesus the Teenager, Jesus the young Adult better than any of the others in his address, denied the humanity of Jesus and did not acknowledge His divinity. There is no reference at all in Acts 15:13-21 about Jesus Christ, his half-Brother, the Man.

Yet the Holy Spirit has clearly inspired the writers of the Gospels to include the human side of Jesus. We know He drank the cup of God’s wrath on our behalf because He is the Son of God who God gave to save the world. Now, look at the Man who drank the cup.

When James and John, the sons of Zebedee, asked Jesus, “Let one of us sit at Your right and the other at Your left in Your glory,” Jesus asked them, “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptised with the baptism I am baptised with?” “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink…”[11] However, the cup Jesus was to receive from the Father was the very cup He prayed three times to the Father, “Take this cup from Me.”[12] It must hold something none of us would have wanted to drink either. How often we pipe up like James and John with utter ignorance and overwhelming self-seeking pride and confidence and say, “We can”? Too often, and that is the sad truth.

Now look at the Man who He is, who not only drinks the cup the Father gives Him, but He drains it all, for that is the work that God gave Him to do on the cross. He finished it so that there would be NO MORE work on a Roman cross needed ever again to satisfy and obey God. He figuratively and literally drank the whole cup of God’s wrath so that there would be nothing left for James and John to drink. He is the Man who drank all the poison so that there would be none left for His friends. That is how He loved His friends, a Man who took the worst of the situation so that only the good would be left for His friends.

On them there would be no wrath of God to contend with, only the wrath of man and Satan. The only cup they would have to drink from would be the cup of the New Covenant with His blood, which contained only the forgiveness of sins, and the only baptism that awaited them was the baptism of gentle fire from the Holy Spirit and His power, and not the baptism—that is—not the immersion into total darkness to experience being forsaken by God utterly. He is the Man who takes the worst so His friends can have the best. And since His word cannot be broken, then, He surely did for His friends what He would have wanted done unto Him, fulfilling His own words when He said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”[13]

So, when He said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,”[14] …His love for us as a Friend and a Man is the love of a Man who would take the worst so His friends would have the best. Now, do you see the Man who He is; not the Son of God with glory and power and majesty? No, the Man who is our Friend, who would take the worst for us that we may have the best, even if He was just a Man, just a Man who hungers and thirsts, who would like some food or a cold drink. Just a Man who wants to tell the truth, the whole truth of what He knows. A Man who just wants people to listen to Him to what He has to say about what He knows. It matters little in His humanity as to what He knows, but it is what He knows. All He wants is the courtesy to be heard without ridicule, without mockery and the courtesy to be proved right or wrong, but at least to be proved before He is discounted and condemned.

If He is wrong and a liar, at least prove Him so and confront Him with the facts, so that we at least do Him the human courtesy to give Him a chance to repent. If He is right and telling the truth, at least prove it to be true and right and vindicate Him, yes, vindicate Him and not use His truth to vindicate ourselves. That is what we owe a fellow Man.

So, take a rest, a breather, because the rest of the journey involves coming to know the Man as much as knowing the God, and when we come to see the fullness of the Man and God in Jesus Christ, we will truly see how far short we fall of the glory of God. Then perhaps, disciples worthy of resurrected power will be found. AMEN


 

[1] John 14:9

[2] Matthew 14:33

[3] Matthew 15:33

[4] Acts 1:8

[5] Acts 2:22-23

[6] Acts 3:13

[7] John 11:26

[8] http://www.holyspiritsworkshop.com/word2006/13.05.2006_HarderTeachingsI.pdf

[9] Matthew 18:19

[10] Acts 15:13-21

[11] Mark 10:37-39

[12] Matthew 26:36-45; Mark 14:32-41

[13] Matthew 7:12

[14] John 13:34

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