John 16:3 [ESV] And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.
John 16:3 [Message] They will do these things because they never really understood the Father.
Back in the day… back when Jesus’ time on earth was coming to an end and He was about to ascend to be with the Father in heaven, he spoke to the disciples of days to come, and how their lives would end.
Back in the day… the “religious” didn’t get “relationship”.
Back in the day… the “religious” wanted things the way they’d been, and where put off but the way things might be.
Back in the day… Jesus went so far as to tell the disciples, [v.2] the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.
Back in the day… is a lot like today!
Ask 10 different people how “Sunday Services” went on any given Sunday and you’ll get 10 different answers.
… they didn’t do enough hymns.
… they sang too many praise songs …
… the Pastor’s sermon was to long, He lost me …
… the Pastor’s sermon touched me …
… the church wasn’t friendly …
… why can’t people leave me alone, I just came to worship…
… why doesn’t the pastor use more scripture in His sermons, he just tells stories…
… why does the pastor just talk about the Bible what’s that got to do with me…
… that was the best service ever…
… why did I bother coming here this morning…
In Genesis 2:2,3 [NLT] we read; On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. 3 And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
On Sunday’s we come into His house to remember what He has done.
On Sunday’s we come into His house to be reminded about what He is doing.
On Sunday’s we come into His house to experience the “holiness” corporately.
If Sunday’s are more about us than they are about our Creator, we probably leave wanting to crucify someone, or just fire them.
If Sunday’s more about our Creator than about us, we probably left in awe, having experienced worship with other creatures of like mind.
So what was Sunday for you? A cry of worship, a cry for war! Did you leave bitter, or better?
You love us so much that you gave us the ability to chose. On any given day may we chose worship over waging war. On any given day may we desire relationship with you and with other believers more than we desire religion. I remember hearing religion described as man trying to reach to God … we never get there…someone is left disappointed. But relationship is You reaching to us … and You always show up. As it was then… doesn’t have to be how it is now.