Breaking The Hex
by Roger Fields and Jeff Fields
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Breaking The Hex
Conference Notes & Scripture References
The cross of Jesus Christ is the linch pin of human history. It is what defines Christianity. It is the moment in time when everything changed. Before the cross it was about what we do for God; after the cross it is about what God did for us through Jesus. Before the cross it was about RELIGION; after the cross it is about RELATIONSHIP with God. Religion says, “do.” The cross says, “done.”
Paul told the churches of Galatia in Galatians 3 that they were under a “hex” because they blended the two together. They became a hybrid of self-effort religion and grace-based faith. He says they clearly saw the crucified Jesus but attempted to add to His finished work by striving to please God. That is the “hex.”
The cross kills religion because it ends religious efforts to please God.
THE CROSS CHANGED EVERYTHING
The moment Jesus died the wild things happened (Matthew 27). The Bible says an earthquake hit, the sun went dark, some people came out of tombs alive and walked into town and the temple veil was ripped down the middle. Even the soldier at the cross said that Jesus had to have been the Son of God.
It’s no wonder Paul made the cross his central focus.
- For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. (1 Corinthians 2:2)
- but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, (1 Corinthians 1:23)
- But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. (Galatians 6:14)
- having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14)
- I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians. 2:20)
CHURCHES OF GALATIA LIVED ON BOTHE SIDES OF THE CROSS
HEX: living on both sides of the cross,
blending religion with relationship
You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough. Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up! (Galatians 3:1-4 Message Bible)
BEFORE THE CROSS: What I do for God (religion)
AFTER THE CROSS: What God did for me
JESUS CAME TO MAKE US ALIVE
Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good but to make dead people alive. He did not come to install a behavioral modification program. He did not come to reinvent virtues and values. He certainly did not came to make us religious. There was plenty of religion floating around before He got here.
He came to make us alive in Him. He came to live His life through us.
Good illustrated this in the Garden of Eden with the first object lesson. There were two dynamic tress in the garden. One was the Tree of Life. The other was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The Tree of Life represented the life of God. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was the tree of knowing the difference between right and wrong. That’s the virtues and values tree. You here’s the question: which tree are you picking from?
LIFE IN JESUS
1. Jesus Provides Abundant Life. The life Jesus gives is more than merely “going to Heaven.”
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
2. Only the Dead Get Judged. The Great White Throne judgment makes this clear (Revelation 20). Jesus has made us alive. That’s why we will not come into judgment.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. (John 5:24)
3. The Life of Jesus is Our Life. He gives us His life and lives it through us.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:3-4)
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. (Galatians. 2:20)
There was not much talk in the Old Testament about God being a Father. He was the Creator. He was Almighty God. He was Jehovah. He was I Am. But there is very little about Him being our Father.
You won’t find Moses or Abraham praying to their “Father” in Heaven. You won’t find the prophets telling people about their Father God. That was not their understanding of God.
Jesus broke all that when He arrived. He constantly talked about His Father. That freaked out the religious leaders. Not only did that set Jesus apart as deity it went beyond His identity. He told people to pray to their “Father in Heaven.”
Jesus even went so far as to refer to His Father as “Abba” in the garden of Gethsemane. That’s Aramaic for “Daddy” or “Dad.”
After Jesus died on the cross Paul makes an astounding statement in Romans and Galatians where he says that the Holy Spirit prompts us the refer to God as “Abba.” Translation: DAD.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)
And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:6)
On this side of the cross because of what Jesus has done for us…we can talk to our DAD in Heaven.
Parable of the Crazy Dad
We have mis-titled “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.” It be called “The Parable of the Crazy Dad” because the story is about a dad who was CRAZY IN LOVE with his sons. It is more about the Father than the son. It illustrates the Father heart of God.
Here are the pertinent points…
- Rude younger son doesn’t want to wait for his dad to die before cashing in on his inheritance.
- Dad gives him his portion.
- Son takes off and parties non-stop.
- Son runs out of money and become desperate.
- Takes a job tending pigs.
- Hungry and not allowed to eat pig food.
- Runs out of options.
- He prepares a speech wanting his father to make him a servant.
- Father tackles him, kisses him and celebrates his son’s return.
- Twice the father says that his son was “dead and is now alive.”
- Older son gets indignant claiming he had been a good servant and had never had a party.
- Father says he could have had a party anytime.
- Both sons made same mistake.
- They saw themselves as servants first and sons second.
On This Side of the Cross God is Our DAD
On this side of the cross because of what Jesus did for us, Almighty God is our loving Father. He is not our employer. He is our DAD.
When you think of yourself PRIMARILY as one who…
- Serves Jesus
- Builds the Kingdom
- Changing the world
You begin to see yourself as God’s employee rather than as His kid.
The crazy-in-love father runs across the field and tackles–then celebrates–his son. Who is the father? God. Who is the son? You.
Do you ever see that happening to you? Do you see your Father, you DAD, running across the field to tackle/hug/kiss you? That’s who you are to Him.
That’s who you are on this side of the cross. Jesus paid for all this with His life.
On this side of the cross it’s all about RELATIONSHIP, not religion. Let’s not mix what Jesus did for us with what we do for God. Let’s keep the focus on the cross. Let’s break the hex.
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “DADDY! Father!” (Romans 8:15)