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In my last post I talked about Jesus being an aerobics instructor, as well as asked us to become the master aerobics teacher. On a more serious note, remember Jesus’ ministry to the multitudes? It is the perfect comparison for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced aerobics classes.
The Beginner Class
Jesus challenged the five thousand with stories and parable and gave them physical food as well. The miracle with the fish and bread was the home run for them. Jesus was inspiring and reached them in the upper deck. This was like a beginning aerobics class. You know, where it’s pretty surface, but still a fairly good workout. The beginner class is the least embarrassing to go to and you usually drag your friend along. If you’re an experienced attendee, and you really want your friend to go, you’re not going to make them go to the advanced class with you. You’ll go to the beginning class for a couple of weeks and stand by their side.
The Intermediate Class
Jesus went across the lake and not all of the multitude followed, but many did. Those were the ones that took the next step, committing more and moving to the lower deck. Jesus taught them there and increased the depth of His ministry. This can be compared to the intermediate class. Many commit to move forward in their aerobics ability, but not everyone will. This might be what you would go to after you feel like you’ve conquered your beginner class and still want to get a good workout.
The Advanced Class
Many lingered after Jesus walked across the lake and it was time for Him to see who would move from the lower deck to the playing field. His next sermon topic was about eating His flesh and drinking His blood. Those were deep, spiritually discerning, inner-court words that only His lifers (disciples) could handle.
Jesus adjusted his ministry based on whom He wanted to connect with at the time. He found people where they were, ministered to them and challenged them toward the next level. He had different topics and preaching styles for different audiences and He put Himself in their shoes. He knew where they were and spoke on their level in accordance. It’s kind of like the stadium principles that I talked about.
Think about it. How can you reach people at all levels?
© Richard L. Reising
The One True Church
This is a good post, but I think you draw a wrong conclusion at the end... Christ is trying to explain that few will go to heaven. Luke 13:24-30. "Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough."
Where does the strength come from? From having TRUE FAITH in the midst of serious doubt. ALSO, it comes from eating His Flesh and His Blood. These are not mere symbols, he wasn't joking. He didn't take back his words. When pressed, he not only didn't recant, but made even more bold and, at the time, scandalous remarks about eating (gnawing was the direct Greek translation) flesh and drinking blood (an act strictly forbidden by Talmudic Law).
Only his most faithful, those who really believed in the Real Flesh and Real Blood and partook in it, will achieve the necessary strength to enter Heaven.
Of course, we must never presume the Mercy of the Father, many more may enter who are otherwise unworthy. But to count on such an event, despite Christ's warnings, is presuming mercy which is a sin in and of itself.
Posted on Sat, Nov 8, 2008 @ 1:46 AM CST
You might be missing the point. He's not speaking of salvation quite yet. He's describing the steps or progression that all the Lords followers must take.
To have a complete understanding of the message Christ's life offered to us as the children of God, we start with Milk (1 Cor 3vs 2) simple messages of the fathers love and the son's sacrifice. Than onto Meat the complex significance and symbolism of this sacrifice from the beginning of time and the position it assumes in relation to our eternal salvation. The meat is harder to digest for someone who lives without the knowledge of Christ and so the advance aerobics class for someone who's never worked out before.
Reising seems to just be acknowledging the process. And doing so without making any determination to where salvation lies.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. john 3:16
Who can determine but God at which point someone believes.
[1 cor 3:2- I have fed you with MILK, and not with MEAT: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.]
Posted on Sat, Nov 8, 2008 @ 1:56 PM CST