TEACHER: Ken Hicks
BOTTOM LINE: Jesus’s Attitude as He Approached His Death
QUESTION: If we knew we had on a few weeks to live, what would we do different? How would we live differently?
What would you do if you knew you only had 1 week left to live? How would you spend the time you had left?
W.D.J.D. … WHAT DID JESUS DO … as He prepared to Die?
- How did He act?
- How did He respond to people?
- How did He stay focused?
- What can we learn from Jesus … about facing Death!
- JESUS FACED HIS DEATH HEAD ON!
Jesus wasn’t trying to find a way out. Jesus wasn’t looking for a place to put the blame. Jesus wasn’t even trying to play the VICTIM card, even though to be completely honest. He definitely COULD have played that card.
He had lived a PERFECT life. if there EVER was a VICTIM, Jesus would have been it. BUT, Jesus didn’t go there. Jesus stared even His DEATH right in the eyes, and walked directly into the Storm.
- JESUS FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE!
How could Jesus be so confident about this? I mean, that’s a pretty bold Future right?
Jesus knew what was coming, but as He tackled it head on. His own personal confidence had to come w/ keeping His eye on the prize. He kept His focus on the FUTURE … not on His PRESENT.
- JESUS CONTINUED TO INSTRUCT HIS FOLLOWERS!
Jesus was constantly teaching wasn’t He?
I’ve shared w/ people, many, many times throughout the years, that our LIFE is literally PREACHING OUR OWN FUNERAL. Here’s what we know: we know that we are ALL TERMINAL … the death rate is 100% … only been 1 guy in all of history to beat that!
And so 1 day, someone is going to stand up amongst friends and neighbors and co-workers, and they’re going to share the journey of our life.
It’s where we were able to continue to overflow people around us, even in the midst of our own struggle, and challenge and climbing uphill.
- JESUS CARED FOR THOSE IN NEED!
I mentioned this a minute ago too right? But how often do we forget our own circumstances … and even what appears like a spiraling outlook in front of us … we somehow forget that … and get lost in the JOY of Jesus when we spend our time serving others instead.
- JESUS FULFILLED HIS FATHER’S PLAN!
Jesus knew He was part of God’s Plan in the world.
What did JESUS do when He knew His time on earth was winding down ..
#1 … JESUS FACED HIS DEATH HEAD ON!
#2 … JESUS FOCUSED ON THE FUTURE!
#3 … JESUS CONTINUED TO INSTRUCT HIS FOLLOWERS!
#4 … JESUS CARED FOR THOSE IN NEED!
#5 … JESUS FULFILLFED HIS FATHER’S PLAN!
HOW DO WE RESPOND:
- I think we have to REMEMBER … and REMEMBER … and REMEMBER at times … all that Jesus has done for us.
- We Do what JESUS Did!