Knowing JesusBro. David Chancellor
3/15/2009 11:00 AM
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father, neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jesus was both talking to God and to his disciples. Jesus has a close relationship with God. "…neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him…" We come to know God through Jesus. We know him by the revelation of Jesus. We need to know Jesus for who he is. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…" We need to recognize Christ as our Master – the one who reveals God to us and who we ought to be like. We need to see Christ as our example for how we ought to be as people.
Jesus was meek and lowly. He could have been proud and arrogant, but he wasn’t. He was meek and lowly of heart. We need to be like him. "For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." His yoke is comfortable, good and beneficial, and his burden isn’t hard or harsh. He shows us the way by example.
And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. Others said, That it is Elias. And others said, That it is a prophet, or as one of the prophets. But when Herod heard thereof he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
This shows how various people perceived Jesus. They thought he was one of the prophets come back from the dead. Jesus came to be the one to redeem us so that we can be like him. He changes us to make us like himself.
And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue; and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.
These saw Jesus as just a carpenter. This "carpenter" spoke things so plain and true that there are some today that think they need a PhD to understand it. You can learn from a carpenter, but this "carpenter" had a lot to offer mankind. He knew God and was the Son of God. He could relate to man in his troubles and offer help to people that made a difference.
The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is the Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Jesus delivered from oppression wherever it was needed. Whatever the oppression was, Jesus delivered from it. He did it to help people, not to draw attention or crowds. Several times he said, "Don’t tell anyone," but they seemed to anyway. He did it because he had compassion on them. We need to do what we do for others out of compassion for them. Jesus had compassion on people in every case. We need that same compassion in our hearts and lives.
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Be like Jesus. Jesus loved and cared about people. He became like the rest of us. He deserved the best, but he didn’t demand it. He wasn’t seeking for himself.
1 Peter 2:21-23
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
Jesus "committed himself to him that judgeth righteously." You can bear a lot of things when you know that God is there to make it right. God can bring us through the things of this life. Jesus was frustrated by religious people who worked to hinder him from doing what he came to do. We want to do what God wants us to do and it will turn out the way he planned it.
The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
We’re not above Jesus. We’ll encounter difficult things, too. These had worked to destroy Jesus’ reputation by calling him the prince of devils. People might say things about you, too. Be faithful to God and he’ll bring you through alright, too. God has a way of showing what is true and what is false. Jesus had to let God be his defense. When we follow him, God is our defense, too. Let God be the proof of what you are. If we commit ourselves to God, it’ll turn out alright.