Psalm 133 - Jesus Our Unifying Figure
Intro: Our Need for a Unifying Figure.
The story of Chad and Bodie, surfers appealing to the City Council of San Clemente asking for a 12-foot statue of Paul Walker (of Fast and Furious fame) in order to unite the city. “Detroit has RoboCop, Philly has Rocky, we need Paul Walker.” As hilarious as this story is, it’s an insightful illustration as to our need as a society to be unified in the face of our racial, political and ideological divide.
We are always looking for that one, unifying figure that we can all turn to in the midst of turbulent times.
- OT Israel asking for a King - getting Saul
- David, the man God chose, not only turned out to be a valiant warrior and a unifying political figure but the man who would lead and unite Israel spiritually as well. He was a man after God’s own heart.
- David was probably reflecting on the turbulent events leading to his ascent to the throne when he was writing this psalm.
We can relate to Chad and Bodie’s diagnosis - we all need a unifying figure.
- Political Unity vs. Spiritual Unity.
- Do we recognize and prioritize our need for spiritual unity?
- God’s kingdom is not of this world
- The Blessings of Unity:
- God calls unity “good” - the same “good” mentioned in creation
- The pleasantness of unity: in our relationships, friendships, family, church body
- Unity reflects the glory of God
- What Does Unity Look Like?
- Heart - we are to be united in love: love for God/love for one another.
- Mind - we are to be united in having the mind of Christ: humility, serving, laying down our lives
- Mission - “Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ... so that I may hear that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, striving side by side for the faith of the gospel.” Phil. 1:27
- God has given us a mission to take the gospel to a lost and dying world, and that commitment to the mission galvanizes our church and reflects the glory of God.
- How Do We Get this Unity?
- We don’t create unity, it’s a blessing from God
- Only Jesus can provide true and lasting unity among his people
- The Jews expected immediate, political unity, but Jesus didn’t come to expand his kingdom through military might, but through the power of the gospel and through forgiveness of sins and making peace with his enemies.
- We need a high priest as well as a king. Our sin is the greatest obstacle to our unity and
- Jesus has provided a way as the propitiation for our sins. Hebrews: he’s a better high priest.
Jesus had to become our brother in order to restore unity among the brothers. In his death, he removed the offenses that stood between us, but he also did more than that. He is in the process of sanctifying us through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is enabling us to live out the unity that is ours in Christ. (Heb. 2:11)
Walk it Out
- What are some ways we desire unity? (political, cultural, familial...etc.) How do we strive for it?
- What are some results of disunity?
- What are ways we experience a lack of unity in our families, friendships, and in our church body?
- How does God’s word diagnose our lack of unity? What is the root cause?
- How does God remedy our lack of unity?
- Think of one specific situation in which you are experiencing a division. What is an area of specific obedience God is calling you to? What are some scriptures that call you to obey/change?
- Spend some time in repentance and pray for one another in your small groups.
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