The Gravity of Jesus
Today we start a new series called, “The Proximity Effect”, on the language Jesus uses in the book of Matthew where he calls us to be near Him. There are a couple specific words that Jesus uses in these passages, and they both mean “Come here.” There’s a “proximity effect” that occurs. The closer you get to Jesus, the more He changes you to be like Him. Lead Pastor Casey Scott will kick off the series with a message from Matthew 4:18 – 22, entitled, ‘The Gravity of Jesus.’
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Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Casey Scott
Lead Pastor

The Proximity Effect
Sermon: The Gravity of Jesus
> Matthew 4:18-22; 28:6

Jesus issues a call - an invitation - to his disciples to come be near Him, to follow Him. What is the proximity effect of Jesus’ call on us? There are two distinct qualities that we experience in Jesus’ call:

Peter, Andrew, James, and John are fishermen. They were blue collar workers, but they were also small business owners. Because James and John have exactly the same response as Peter and Andrew, the implication is that the “call” at the end of v. 21 is the same invitation as the “call” in v. 19, “Come.” The gravity of Jesus is a result, in part, because of his immense authority.

“God has called his servants, and that means we are not our own.”
~ Dr. Craig Keener, IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament

One of the things that we have to get out of this text is that the call of Jesus is absolutely disruptive to our lives. It was for the first disciples, and we should expect no different.

In the text Peter, Andrew, James, and John leave their nets immediately This speaks both to the gravity of Jesus’ call, but also the disruption of it.

An amazing thing is, that even though they would see Jesus raise the dead more than once, His own resurrection threw them for a loop.

The invitation to “come” in the Empty Tomb is JUST AS powerful as the invitation to come at the Galilee shore. . .and just as disruptive. Jesus is still making that invitation today!

The closer you get to Jesus, the more the gravity of Jesus pulls on you, the more intentional you get about participating in His mission to redeem the world.

Today’s Big Idea
The gravity of Jesus draws us to the empty tomb, and then propels us outward on mission with Him.

Read Ahead for Next Week
Synergy of Unburdened Work | Matthew 11:28-30