We are Family 3

The Exchange”

Ephesians 1:5 NLT

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

I 18:3-5 NKJV

Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. 

Note:  I truly believe that all humanity craves relationship.  As we have stated before in this series God created man to have relationship with Him first and foremost, but then he also created us with a need for others.  We weren’t created to be alone, or isolated, or without true, real family and friends.

>Have we trivialized Friendship, have we minimized the relational aspects of family?

True, deep, meaningful relationships are what we are all in need of and what we are all seeking.  We all want and need someone who we can trust, have confidence in and with whom we can be confident.  Someone with whom we can be completely honest and vulnerable, holding nothing back.  Someone who does not seek to judge but to love, Somone who is not set to destroy but to protect.  Somenone does not enable but holds us accountable.

One of the greatest concerns I have for our present and especially our future generations is that we seem to be increasingly disconnected.  

At what point can we truly be real with one another?  

At what point will we quit observing life through technology and start living life through deep, vulnerable, real relationships.  

DONT MAKE THE MISTAKE:

Please hear me well when I say, I am not telling anyone to have deep, vulnerable relationship with everyone.  If we are to truly benifit from this kind of relationship it has to be a trusted, two way, real, relationship.  There has to be an exchange.

Jonathan and David, made an exchange, that was initiated by Jonathan.  Their relationship is the personification of the covenent relationship God has for us, and that he wants for us together.  

>Jonathan and David Loved each other.  Friendship at this level is like having a second self.

>Jonathan and David lived for each other.  Friendship at this level is to defer to the other for their benefit and betterment.

>Jonathan and David had a covenant.  Friendship at this level is much more than a human contract this is a spiritual connection that binds the relationship togeher based on faith not fear.

COVENANT is the GREAT EXCHANGE

Jesus Did the exact same thing for us.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 MSG

Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you. How? you ask. In Christ. God put the wrong on him who never did anything wrong, so we could be put right with God. 

1.  Jesus made a covenant with us.

He exchanged his Majesty for our Humanity

He exchanged is Dignity for our humility

He exhanged our filthy rags of sin, for His righteous robes.

He was the sacrifice, He shed his blood, He Knew no sin, but became sin, so that we might become righteous.

He made the covenent eternal with His commitment to Never leave us or forsake us.

2.  Jesus wants this kind of covenent between the members of His family.

To Love each other as we do our own soul

To live FOR each other

To commit to care for, to fight for, to get vulnerable with, to have confidence in each other.

3.  Jonathan and David were not blood relatives but were blood brothers but the blood of the covenent and the Exchange of Love.

We are Family.

When people see you they see me
When people see me they see you
When people see us THEY SEE JESUS

Do you want a friend that sticks closer than a brother?  Are you looking for love, real love?  Do you desperately need someone to be on your side?  JESUS and His Family Are YOUR ANSWER.
 

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