Sunday, April 28, 2019: Jesus Changes How We See the World

And when [Jesus] drew near and saw the city, he wept over it… (Luke 19:41)

Following His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus saw the city and wept, saying of its inhabitants, “…you did not know the time of your visitation” (v. 44).

Jesus lamented when He saw Jerusalem because He knew that ultimately the people would not recognize Him as their Messiah.

When you look at the world around you, what do you see?

How we interface with our culture will largely determine how we answer that question. In our highly digitalized age, we are hyper-exposed to what Mark Sayers calls “the society of the spectacle,” which is “a highly visual culture, in which citizens [are] reduced to consumers and spectators, in which we [are] offered a never-ending parade of spectacular media events, which constantly distract us…”

We’re being trained each day to re-envision the world, seeing everything through the lens of spectacle.

Thus we cannot see clearly. Everything appears to us as novelty to be consumed, experience to provide distraction, crisis to incite outrage. But Jesus challenges us to look again, to see the world through His lens.

When Jesus looked at the world, He saw it for what it really is: God’s fallen creation haunted by dire spiritual need, to which people are largely blind. This is why He wept.

As Christ-followers, we need practices which allow us to exit the “society of the spectacle” so that we can see things through a different lens.

This is one reason why God calls us to gather on Sundays. LifePoint comes together every week to trade in our lens (the lens of spectacle) for a new one (Jesus’s lens of the world’s spiritual need). We do this by beholding Jesus as the world’s Messiah and responding to Him in worship.

If this world is indeed haunted, the church cannot afford to be blind to it. But when we see Jesus for who He really is, we begin to see the world the way He sees it; this is how He makes us the kind of people who can lament over its dire spiritual need just as He did, full of compassionate longing for people to realize what God is offering through Him: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

When you look at the world around you, what do you see?

PRAYER AND REFLECTION

  • What is shaping the way you see the world? Is it Jesus and His Kingdom? Or have you allowed yourself to be influenced by “the society of the spectacle?” Ask that God would give you self-understanding to know what is shaping how you see the world.
  • What practices and habits can you change to help you better discern the spiritual need all around you? Odds are, there is something about which God has been convicting you. Pray that He would direct you to identify and uproot all rival influences that hinder you from seeing what Jesus sees.
  • Pray for our gatherings on Sunday, that Jesus would be fully recognized among LifePoint as the world’s true Messiah. Ask that we would respond to Him with the worship that is due His name, and that the act of worshiping together would form LifePoint to be a church that meets the world’s dire spiritual need by advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom.

Set List for Sunday, April 28, 2019

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About Tyler Greene (31 Articles)
Tyler Greene is the Associate Pastor of Worship Ministries for LifePoint Church in Ozark, MO.

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