COMMUNITY GROUP DISCUSSION
How do we approach Jesus? Do we constantly try to appease him like he is a blood thirsty tyrant? Is he a supernatural spiritual force that is in any and everything, and by tapping into this in our own individual ways he makes us feel more “in tune” with the universe? Simply put, no. We don’t elevate ourselves on our “rights” to approach Jesus, we humbly admit that we really don’t have any. We are not owed anything for the good things we have done. They are as filthy rags before Holy God. Thank God we don’t get what we are owed!
Like the Syrophoenician woman in Mark 7:24-30, we can come to Jesus with rightless-assertiveness, not on the basis of our goodness, but on the basis of His goodness. Why can we come to Him like that? Because Jesus went to the cross in order to redeem us from the curse we have brought on ourselves by not living up to the Law of God. Jesus took what we deserved- punishment- so that He could give us what we truly need- Himself. Like the deaf and mute man in Mark 7:31-37, Jesus gives us exactly what we need. No more. No less.
Q1: What futile ways do you see people trying to approach God/Jesus? What futile ways have you used to try and approach Jesus?
Q1: In what ways are you too proud (having too high a view of yourself) or too self-absorbed (having too low a view of Jesus) in your everyday life?
Q2: What are some specific ways you see God working in your life to give you what you need rather than what you want?
“Jesus identified with us totally. On the cross, the Child of God was thrown away, cast away from the table without a crumb, so that those of us who are not children of God could be adopted and brought in. Put another way, the Child had to become a dog so that we could become sons and daughters at the table. And because Jesus identified like that with us, now we know why we can approach him. The Son became a dog so that we dogs could be brought to the table; he became mute so that our tongues can be loosed to call him King. Don’t be too isolated to think you are beyond healing. Don’t be too proud to accept what the gospel says about your unworthiness. Don’t be too despondent to accept what the gospel says about how loved you are.” Amen.