The Qualities of JesusBro. David Chancellor
10/23/2005 11:00 AM
1 John 4:15-17
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
God loved us and we are changed because we have experienced his love. His love brings to us the same qualities that we find in Jesus. Was Jesus sarcastic and critical? There are certain qualities in Jesus that touch our lives and make us different.
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Jesus was moved with compassion. He was compassionate. It caused him to go as he did and do things to help others. Compassion is the quality of the Christian that causes him/her to see and help the needs of others. We should be observant of those around us. We should desire to see the situation helped. Jesus cared about the needs he saw. He saw the needs and something moved with him to help. He was looking out for others rather than for himself.
Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. 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 went about doing good. We should go about doing good wherever we have opportunity. Doing good can be done on a small scale as well as on a large scale. Paul described God’s people as “zealous of good works.” These were enthused about helping others. Jesus did good for those that were of the house of Israel, but he also did good for those that weren’t of the house of Israel that came to him for help. Jesus wasn’t always praised for the good that he did. He did good for all. We should do good for everyone we can. Be good even to those that bring trouble on themselves and others.
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 meek and lowly in heart. He could have come and said, “I’m the Master.” He was the Son of God, so he was different, but with all his greatness, he was meek and lowly of heart. We should also be meek and lowly of heart. Jesus didn’t use his authority when he faced an unfair trial. He didn’t have to defend himself. He was willing to suffer at the hands of those he had made. When we get into the lowly place, a lot of life’s troubles are done away with. When we aren’t focused on self, we can have rest. We will be willing to fill whatever place he has chosen for us.
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
This describes Jesus as a “great High Priest,” but it also says that he can be touched by what we’re going through. We should be able to be touched by what others are going through. We don’t want to look down on people in their troubles and be untouched by it. If we’re meek and lowly, it will be easier to be touched by the needs of others. We should feel for the difficulties others are going through. Jesus knows the infirmities of humanity and he cares about us even at our weakest hour. These qualities should be found in those that follow Christ.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
As we focus on Jesus, we’ll be like him. As we learn more of who he was and what he was like, we can be more like him. The Spirit of God is how we will have the same qualities as Christ. Focus on Christ in you to make you like him. The world needs to see who Jesus is and what he had, by what his people have in their lives.