Jesus Christ (4)

the Gospel of Matthew

The basis of this portion of the Jesus Christ series will be about his human life and living.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

-To accept the Lord’s yoke is to accept his guidance and will for you. By Jesus taking the Father’s yoke upon himself, and living in the faith and will of God (himself), he was giving us the example for our own lives.

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

-As I mentioned in my last post Jesus chose to take on the roll of the servant, the lowest roll in those times, as seen by the upper class. Jesus lived to serve. He was born to serve, and eventually died in order to serve even in death. He loves us that much. His entire life was one of servitude and example setting.

1 Peter 2:21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ died for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.

-An often mentioned part of Jesus life was his suffering. He suffered for the cause of God. Just as in our service we may lose friends, and in some cases, be physically or mentally harmed in Jesus name. He showed us in his death as well as the rest of his life how to live, we are not expected to live perfect lives, because as the scriptures indicate, we are sinful by our very nature. But Peter is telling us here, that we are to walk in the way of Jesus at all costs, even if it were to mean the ultimate price being paid as Jesus did.

Ephesians 4:21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him….

-Paul tells the church of Ephesus, and all readers, that Jesus life was a life of truth. To say he lived in Truth, is indicative of the way he behaved. To walk in the way of the world is to live in pride and vanity. To walk in the way of the Lord however, is to live a life, and leave behind a legacy, of selfless service, of love, of mercy, and of gratitude for the life you have been allowed to have, under the banner of the Lord’s service.

John 7:1 After this, Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death.

-Although Jesus is one and the same as God the Father, The Creator; he still took persecution, willingly from and for his very own creations.

John 7:41 Others said, “He is the Messiah.” Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?

-*The Lord was born in Bethlehem (Luke 2) but was raised in Nazareth of Galilee, a city that was despised by people at that time. He was the seed of David, but He came as a Nazarene (Matt 2:23). He grew up “as a root out of a dry ground,” having “no form”, “no beauty that we should desire Him,” and was “despised and rejected of men” (Isa 53). Hence, we should know Him not according to the flesh (2 Cor 5:16) but according to the Spirit.

In this glimpse into the human living of Jesus Christ, I hope you are able to find and receive the quality of life he has laid our for you. A life or service, sacrifice, love, grace, peace, and mercy.

Stay Blessed,

Chris

*© 97-11 Living Stream Ministry

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