How Did Jesus Live?

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How Did Jesus Live?

In this month’s series, Speaking of Jesus, we’re moving through the life of Jesus and learning the purpose and power behind each aspect of His time on Earth.  This week, we’re diving deeper into the aspects of Jesus’ life.


Jesus Lived as a King

“And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the Shepherd for my people Israel” (Matthew 2:6, NLT, emphasis added).

Throughout the Old Testament, the Messiah was prophesied to be a king. The Messiah was considered to be a powerful ruler who would come and free Israel from tyranny.  Specifically, the early Jewish culture imagined their Messiah as a political force that would overtake the governing outside forces.  For many living during the first century, Jesus did not fit this presumed image.  Even so, He lived as the True King, despite not matching up with His contemporary’s preconceived notions.  

Furthermore, Jesus showed an example of true leadership as a Shepherd.  He did not live as a King to rule with an iron fist, but with a gentle voice recognized by His flock.  He did not live to overthrow the political leaders of the day, but to tear down the veil that separated GOD from His people so they could hear His call.  He did not live as a King to punish and make war against His enemies, but to forgive and to bring those who wandered away back into the fold.  Jesus lived as a True King by living and leading as a Shepard.  


Jesus Lived as a Servant

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45, NLT).  

Whether it entailed blessing and healing the countless individuals around Him tirelessly or washing the feet of His disciples on the night they would betray Him, Jesus lived wholeheartedly as a Servant.  By consistently choosing to honor others above Himself, Jesus modeled genuine humility and servanthood for His followers and for us.  

Jesus provided the ultimate example of Servanthood, sacrificing Himself unto the point of His crucifixion and death for the will of the Father and for the salvation of all.  He offered Himself up to serve our death sentence so that we could free of the chains of sin that entangle us.  Servanthood, as modeled and lived out by Jesus, requires offering up one’s life for GOD’s purpose and the well being of those He has placed in our lives.  


Jesus Lived Relationally

“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in His slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me” (John 15:13-15, NLT, emphasis added).

While a king may live as a distant overseer and a servant may live a life of anonymity, Jesus lived out both of these roles essential to His being in an incredibly relational way.  He sought out those that were afflicted and not only healed them, but lovingly and personally reached out to them as well.  Throughout His ministry, Jesus connected people to the LORD through His relationships, not just His parables and sermons.  

In His most vulnerable moments in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus took a small handful of His disciples to watch and pray with Him.  While he prayed and wrestled with GOD’s will, He desired the companionship of those who were closest to Him.  He gathered for meals, eating and conversing with those around the table. He laughed and wept with His friends and loved ones.  Jesus lived as a highly relational being, just as GOD desires to live among us.


Jesus lived as GOD in the Flesh

“So the Word became human and made His home among us.  He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son”(John 1:14, NLT, emphasis added).

Above all, Jesus lived as fully man and simultaneously full GOD.  More than any other aspect, this simultaneous divinity and humanity defines the life of Christ.  He painted beautiful paintings of Heaven on earth and GOD’s kingdom come through His teachings and His examples.  He suffered with His people, but never gave in to the trappings of sin and temptation.  Jesus lived among us, but also lived for us in a way that we can only hope to model our lives after.  His humanity allowed Him to have a deep, intimate compassion with His people, and allowed Him to fulfill His purpose by living and subsequently offering up His perfect, sinless life for all of humanity.

Through His life as a Servant-King in relation with the people He came to save, Jesus lived as GOD in the Flesh, the divine incarnate, to bring eternal life and life to the full to His people.  

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