Modeling the Ministry of Jesus
He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
What’s the application of the 24-hour glance at the life of Christ that we have seen this week? I want to share with you two timeless truths we can learn from Luke 4.
First, we are to submit to the authority of Jesus. One reason Luke includes these vignettes from a day in Jesus’s life is to remind us that He really was the Son of God. The fact that He had authority in His teaching, the fact that He had authority over demons, and the fact that He had authority over sickness shows that Jesus really was the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Isn’t it interesting that every creature in heaven right now is submitting to the authority of Jesus Christ? They know who He is. Even the demons under the earth have submitted to the authority of Christ. There is only one place in the universe where God’s creatures are not yet submitting to His authority: it’s that spinning clot of dirt called planet Earth. Right now there are human beings who are not submitting to the authority of God, but one day they will. Philippians 2:10-11 says that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Let me ask you a question: Are you doing right now what you will do one day? Are you submitting to God’s authority, obeying what you know to be His will in your life?
Second, we are to model the ministry of Jesus. In John 14:12 Jesus said, “He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.” That’s an exciting passage. Jesus is saying: You, too, can have supernatural power in your life. You, too, can have a purpose and enjoy God’s blessing and approval. Greater works can you do than even the Son of God did. But to experience the power of Jesus, you must maintain the balance of Jesus.
Notice that Luke 4 is a picture of a balanced life and ministry. First, Jesus ministered in the synagogue. Today that would be the church. That was home base of His ministry. The synagogue was central to Jesus’s life and ministry. Second, Jesus ministered in the home. He was in Peter’s home. The home is God’s creation. It’s the basic unit of society. We have to minister in our homes as well to our families. Third, Jesus ministered in the world. The world was filled with sickness and need. Jesus didn’t cloister Himself with His apostles; He made contact with the world. And finally, Jesus’s ministry placed Him in the wilderness, a place where He could be revitalized in His relationship with God.
When we model the ministry of Jesus, we, too, can experience the power of Jesus through our lives.
~ Dr. Robert Jeffress ~
MEASURE YOUR LOVE
God, who is rich in mercy, because of
His great love with which He loved us.
The greatest measuring rod of love in the life of a Christian May be forgiveness. That’s because God showed His love to us in terms of forgiveness. The Bible could have taught us that God so loved the world that He made pretty flowers or trees or mountains. But it teaches that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He gave His Son to forgive us. That certainly shows God’s love more than flowers, trees, or mountains.
Measure your love. Ask yourself, Do I love? If you don’t, you are not one of God’s own because the children of God love others (1 John 4:7–8). How can you know whether you are characterized by love? Ask yourself, Am I bitter toward someone because of something he did to me? Do I often get angry with people, either externally or internally? Do I speak maliciously behind people’s backs? Those are characteristics of your old lifestyle—characteristics you must get rid of in order to love and forgive others.
~ John MacArthur ~
No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it. So then, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.
[1 Cor 10:13-14]
Not so, not so, no load of woe
Need bring despairing frown;
For while we bear it, we can bear,
Past that, we lay it down.
~ SARAH WILLIAMS ~
Everything which happens, either happens in such wise that them art formed by nature to bear it, or that thou art not formed by nature to bear it. If then, it happens to thee in such way that thou art formed by nature to bear it, do not complain, but bear it as thou art formed by nature to bear it. But, if it happens in such wise that thou art not able to bear it, do not complain; for it will perish after it has consumed thee. Remember, however, that thou art formed by nature to bear everything, with respect to which it depends on thy own opinion to make it endurable and tolerable, by thinking that it is either thy interest or thy duty to do this.
~ MARCUS ANTONINUS ~
“The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
Today, in a haste to get around the mountain, or pull myself up out of the pit, I could be all over the place in my thinking. Fear and frustration can hold me back and keep me down. Help me to pull myself up and out.