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More About Jesus
September 16, 2012
Since we are to follow Jesus, we need to study His life and teachings diligently and carefully. By looking at how He lived His life, and studying what He taught, we can learn of Him. These are a few of the attributes of Jesus Christ: loyal, strong, compassionate, merciful, loving, sacrificial, and forgiving.
More About Jesus
by Bernie Parsons
Presented to Globe church of Christ on 09-16-2012
Presented to Load church of Christ on 09-23-2012
We studied last time about how that Jesus fulfilled the promise to Abraham, the foretelling by the prophets, and the announcement by John the baptizer that the savior of the world had arrived. Now, let us learn a bit more about this Jesus.
Jesus is loyal, as we see in more than one passage of scripture. After His parents found Jesus missing after a trip to Jerusalem, they turned back to find Him teaching in the temple.
Luke 2:42 "And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it."
Luke 2: 49 "And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"
Dedicated to His father’s business, God witnessed this upon the baptism of Jesus.
Hebrews 5:8 "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;"
Jesus is strong. We see this when He rejected Satan’s temptations.
Matthew 4:1 "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."
Jesus is compassionate. He fed thousands of hungry people, healed the sick, and lamented the dead.
Matthew 14:14 "And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick."
If you read on in the above chapter, you will see that Jesus, in His compassion, fed five thousand men, besides a number of women and children.
Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Jesus is merciful. He rendered help to those pleading for His help, some Gentiles.
Matthew 15:21 "Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil."
Matthew 15:28 "Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."
Matthew 17:14 "And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour."
Jesus is loving. Along with having compassion, Jesus is the epitome of love.
John 11:33 "When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him."
John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another."
John 15:9 "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you."
Jesus is sacrificial. He gave His life that others might live now, and evermore.
Mark 8:31 "And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again."
John 10:14 "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep."
John 15:12 "This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Jesus is forgiving.
Matthew 6:14 "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Luke 23:33 "And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots."
The more that we study the life and the teachings of Jesus, the better we can understand Him, and how to follow in His footsteps, and be like Him.