Thursday, April 21, 2016
JESUS: OUR BLUEPRINT
"Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world" - John 1:29
I've often referred to Jesus as our blueprint for living the Kingdom life because Jesus lived a Kingdom life for us to emulate. He showed us how to humble ourselves and serve others, how to love those who are outside our comfort zones, and how to forgive those who hate us.
The life of Jesus was intended to show us that, in fact, it really is possible for us to obey His commands and live as He did.
This is what Jesus meant when he said "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing" - John 14:12
If we trust in Jesus, if we really believe in what He taught us, we will put His words into practice and we will do the things we see Him doing.
A few verses previous to this one, Jesus lets the Disciples know that all He has ever done is what the Father told Him to do:
"The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work." v. 10
So, if Jesus accomplished all that He did by listening to Father, and doing what the Father was doing, then we also can, and will, do the things that Jesus did when we submit our lives to God in the same way.
A few verses later Jesus is asked a question: "Why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the World?"
The disciples are wondering why Jesus doesn't reveal His Glory to the entire planet at once. Here's what Jesus says in reply:
"If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." - John 14:22-23
Did you catch that? The Disciples want to know why Jesus only shows himself to the twelve and not to the whole World. Jesus answer? I'm showing myself to you and when you obey my teachings you show me to the World, then they will see me, and the Father.
Our obedience to Jesus allows the Gospel to be proclaimed in our lives each day.
The point of a blueprint is to read the plan and to duplicate it in the real world. Jesus' death on the cross was intended to set us free and give us a new kind of life in the Kingdom of God, here and now, where we live and breathe.
His sacrifice gave us life. His death gave us access to the Kingdom. And now, our daily sacrifice not only allows us to follow after Him, it is intended to put to death our flesh so that He can live in us.
Because Jesus died, we live. Because we die daily, Jesus lives within us.
Do people around you see Jesus in you? Are you daily taking up your cross to follow Him? There's still time to start living for the One who died to give you life.
"Behold, the Lambs of Jesus who die daily so that their Shepherd can live through them."