The Jesus You Never Knew 3 NXL Wednesday, April 6, 2005 So many peoples view of Jesus is that He is... Meek, weak, and mild. Timid and conservative. Peaceful and Mundane. Meek: 1. Showing patience and humility; gentle. 2. Easily imposed on; submissive. He may have at times chosen to be meek. But he was never mild. Jesus was… 1. Born into conflict, and remained in it his entire life. Herod‟s decree to kill. 2. He jousted with the devil in the desert. Tempted by Satan 40 days and nights. 3. He frequently exchanged words with religious groups. He called them snakes, adulterers, wicked, evil, perverts, sinful, immature. 4. He daily risked His life and reputation by hanging out with housefuls of tax collectors, prostitutes, and people that were shunned by society. He was not condemned to die on the cross because he was mild, peaceful and timid. He was sent there because He was so wild and so radical that people would be afraid of Him. Their lack of understanding caused them to fight Him. What people don‟t understand, they fear. What they fear, they fight against. It is dangerous to assume you know something about someone and something without taking a good look at the facts. You miss the opportunity to receive from them. You create dissonance with them subconsciously. (I don‟t like them! why? I don‟t know.) You rule out even the chance that they could bring anything to your life. (WYSIWYG) You isolate yourself. Jesus is CRAZY, He Was WILD, He Was RADICAL, He was committed.… 1. Wild enough to turn over the tables of those who were using the church for financial gain. 2. Wild enough to embrace the hated neighbors. (Samaritans.) 3. Wild enough to touch a leper who was unclean. Jesus was and still is… 1. The Master of the Faithful: He worked with His father as a carpenter. Mark 6:3 2. The Master of the Fearless: He feel asleep in the midst of storms. Matt 8:23 3. The Master of the Compassionate: with His friends, Lazarus, Mary and Martha. John 11:1-5 4. The Master of the Strong: he had authority over the elements of nature. Rebuked the wind and raging waters and they became calm. Matt 4:36-41 5. The Master of the Powerful: He walked on the water. Matt 14:25-33 6. The Master of Integrity: He rose for the dead and was seen by more than 500 witnesses. a. Jesus Predicts His Death and resurrection. Matt 17:22 7. The Master of the Confident: He cared little for public opinion, warning healed people not to gossip about what had happened to them, risking the wrath of the entire City of Jericho by visiting the tax collector whom everyone hated. a. Luke 19:1 1Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." b. True freedom comes from living w/o the care of what others think of you. c. Care only for their thoughts of your reputation of… i. Integrity. ii. Honesty. iii. Love. iv. Compassion. v. Fun. vi. Passion for God. d. Care not for their opinion of your… i. Destiny. ii. Relationships. iii. Life desires. iv. Vision. Jesus has been where you have been… 1. Jesus faced temptation. a. Mt 4:1-2 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. b. Verse 1: God will not keep you from being led into temptation...He will not guard/shelter you from it. c. Verse 2: Temptation comes when you are most vulnerable. d. What is the key to over coming temptation? e. Know the Devil’s Tactics…They never change, they are always the same. i. The temptation of hunger. 1. Satan: If you desire it, then it must be God‟s will. If you want it you should have it. 2. Jesus: Recognized the plot of Satan, “it takes more than physical satisfaction to live on, you also need the peace of God‟s word that will bring life long spiritual satisfaction.” ii. The temptation of protection. 1. Satan: If God is on your side, He will protect you from being harmed. 2. Jesus: Again recognized the plot of Satan, “you shall not test the Lord your God.” He can‟t protect you from your own choices; he can only honor his word and my choice to obey it. iii. The temptation of power. 1. Satan: If you give in just once, I will give you rule over everything you see. If you cheat the process I will make you the top dog. 2. Jesus: Again recognized the plot of Satan, “take off Satan, I will worship God and God alone, only He has the power to raise me up. I will serve Him alone, single hearted.” f. All of Jesus’ answers came from the word of God, they all came from the book of Deuteronomy. i. You only knowing one book of the Bible could save your life, what if you knew it all? ii. Have a passion to know Jesus, He and the Word are ONE!!! iii. John 1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend[a] it. 2. Jesus faced ridicule. Mockery. a. John 19:1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.”  Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 3. Jesus faced sorrow. a. Matt 36:36-38 36Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, "Sit here while I go and pray over there." 37And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. 38Then He said to them, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me." 4. Jesus faced betrayal by His closest friends. a. [Jn 18:15] And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest. But Peter stood at the door outside. Then the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to her who kept the door, and brought Peter in. Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, “You are not also one of this Man's disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the servants and officers who had made a fire of coals stood there, for it was cold, and they warmed themselves. And Peter stood with them and warmed himself. 5. Jesus overcame the world. a. [Jn 16:25] “These things I have spoken to you in figurative language; but the time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative language, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. “In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; “for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. “I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.”  His disciples said to Him, “See, now You are speaking plainly, and using no figure of speech! 6. Jesus was hated. a. [Jn 15:18] “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. “Remember the word that I said to you, „A servant is not greater than his master.‟ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. “But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. “He who hates Me hates My Father also. “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, „They hated Me without a cause.‟ b. [Mt 28:18] And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
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