Revisiting the Glory Zone
Pastor Jerome - December 18, 2013
I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’ ? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in Me, and I in Him.” Therefore they sought again to seize Him, but He escaped out of their hand. And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. (John 10:30-40 NKJV)
In John chapter 10, we find Jesus under a lot of unnecessary criticism. He was under tremendous scrutiny, criticism, doubt and unbelief. In this chapter He is talking to a Jewish crowd and explaining who He was. He dared to say things to the Jews that upset them; that He was the Good Shepherd, then He goes on to say that He and His father are one. As a result:
They doubted His message
They ridiculed His identity
They wanted him dead
They said that He had a devil
They said He was not the son of God
They belittled Him; called him a mere man
They didn't respect the miracles He did
When Jesus encountered such a situation, He went away:
And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was baptizing at first, and there He stayed. (John 10:40 NKJV)
Jesus went away back to the Jordan. He could have gone to Nazareth, to Galilee, to Capernaum, to Mary and Martha's home, to the Temple, to Mary and Joseph, to any place He loved, but he chose to go to the Jordan, where John baptized Him. He went where John AT FIRST baptized.
Why did He go to The Jordan?
The answer is found in an old story:
Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV)
In John 10, they doubted His message, they ridiculed His identity, they wanted Him dead, they said He had a devil, they said He was not the Son of God, they belittled Him, they didnt respect the miracles He did. Faced with the criticism, He went back to the place where The Spirit came upon Him, where the Father called Jesus His son. Man reduced His identity, but He went back to the Jordan, where God had called Him His son. Jesus revisited the Glory Zone.
When you are under pressure, where do you go? When people belittle you, question your identity, when people dont respect the gospel you preach, where do you go? You must go to the Glory Zone. You have to go down memory lane like Jesus did.
Jesus must have sat next to the Jordan. On the left side of His mind, he would have had all the accusations of the Jews. But because He revisited the Glory Zone, on the right side He would have been reminded of what God spoke to Him. He would have been reminded of the fullness of God. When you are going through a 'left-side' of the brain experience, you have to revisit the place where God visited you.
Jordan was the place where the Father spoke to Him, where the Holy Spirit came upon Him. It reminded Jesus that God was pleased with Him even if man was displeased with Him. We have to revisit the place where we met God, like Jesus did. Jesus remembered the place where the Spirit rested upon Him.
Whenever you have a down moment, you need to revisit those places in your memory where you encountered God. Those places are Glory Zones. You have to remember the times that God called you faithful. You will be thrusted forward in God. If He did it once, He will do it again.
Glory Zones are in the archives of your remembrance. They are a museum of miracles. Things God has done once, He will do it again. You must go back down memory lane, and remember:
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalms 23:1-4 NKJV)
In the midst of Jews that wanted to stone Him, Jesus kept a stable mind. He was not preoccupied with those left-sided thoughts.
In the OT, whenever God did something, they built alters to remember what God did. Our Mount church is a Glory Zone where we keep an alter to God. We have to have a system where we build memorials, alters in our hearts, in our minds to remember what God has done. What God did once, He will do again.
Noah - the first thing Noah did once he came out of the ark was build an alter.
Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. (Genesis8:20 NKJV)
Abraham - when God promised to give Abraham a child, Abraham built an alter; a place to remember what God has done. Before the child came, the alter came. The alter is a memorial for what God has already done.
Then he went up from there to Beersheba. And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well. (Genesis 26:23-25 NKJV)
And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother. (Genesis 35:7 NKJV)
Joshua - when the Israelites were crossing the Jordan on dry land, Joshua asked them to pick up stones to remember what God did.
and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ (Joshua 4:5, 6 NKJV)
In the New Testament -
you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (I Peter 2:5 NKJV)
In the OT, people like, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joshua looked for stones to remember what God has done. They built alters using stones. In the NT, Peter says that WE are the stones, WE are the alters. Christ is us is the hope of glory; Christ in us is the Glory Zone. In the NT, we are proof of what God has done. Wherever we go, the Glory Zone goes with us. We are a living stone being built by God. If God did it once, He will do it again.