Immediately after His baptism Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where He fasted for 40 days and was tempted by the devil. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that He “was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”.
As we observe Jesus response to the devil how does He demonstrate His faith?
How does He demonstrate His knowledge of the word?
What other thoughts or questions do you have about the temptation of Jesus?
Is it really possible to live like Jesus lived?
If we focus on the wide chasm between the divinity of Jesus and the weakness of human flesh it is easy to think of such an assignment as impossible.
Another point of view places Jesus in His life on earth and mankind in much closer proximity. “The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory!” (John 1:14).
How do Hebrews 2:14-17 and Hebrews 4:15 describe the extent to which Jesus identified with our human fleshly experience?
What about man? Are we hopelessly destined to failure? Hows does 1 Corinthians 10:13 help with this question?
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Christians are commanded to follow the example of Jesus. Note for example, 1 Peter 1:21, 1 John 2:4, John 13:34, 1 John 3:3, John 13:15, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 16:24, Romans 8:29, Ephesians 4:15.
2 Corinthians 3:18 uses beautiful language to describe how a Christian’s behavior changes from the old selfish, sinful man to the new man that is like Jesus. “We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord”. That verse also describes the goals of our class: (1) Read about how Jesus lived and study His behavior and (2) with God’s help be transformed into the same image.
Are there other verses that command us to follow Jesus’ example?
Do you consider it a sin if you fail to live up to Jesus’ example?
What other thoughts do you have about these verses?
What’s not to like about the life of Jesus? “The word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory…” (John 1:14).
The fleshly life of Jesus was GLORIOUS! His life on earth is the perfect expression love. His whole life was a living sacrifice to God and in the end He was willing to die on the cross so that we could be saved.
We are to follow His example. In our class we plan to (1) observe how Jesus lived and then (2) challenge ourselves to be like Him, as we are commanded. We hope you will join us!
There is a popular book entitled, “They Like Jesus, But Not The Church” and I believe the sentiments have some merit. But we can’t dismiss the church – the church is a part of God’s plan. But the real goal of Christianity is to make us like Jesus. If we are truly “like Christ” all of our duties (including church) will naturally fall into place.
Question: What is the appeal of the “we like Jesus but not the church” movement?
In Psalm 118:22 David wrote “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone”.
This may not sound like the most exciting of prophecies but its importance is seen by the fact that it is quoted directly at least three times in the New Testament: Once by Jesus (Matthew 21:42) and twice by Peter (Acts 4:11 and 1 Peter 2:7-8).
We don’t have to wonder about the application: Peter explains it in plain terms in Acts 4:10-12 – the rejected stone is Jesus and the builders were the Jewish religious leaders. It is a prophecy of the death of Jesus at the hands of the Jews, and how God will use His death to build the true house of God (the church).
Think of the Jewish leaders of Jesus day as builders of the house of God. They pick up a stone (Jesus) and look it over, considered it unfit for God’s house, and toss it into the trash pile. But in the end, that rejected stone becomes the chief cornerstone.
That is a pretty accurate description of how the Jews had no use for Jesus, rejected Him and had him crucified. But that wasn’t the end of Jesus. God raised Him from the dead and it was through His death and resurrection that He became the chief cornerstone of the Church!
Amazingly it was by their rejecting Him that He became our Savior!
The next verse in the Psalm says, “This was the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes”. It truly is marvelous that God accomplished His plan to save mankind in this manner.
Incidentally this is the context of the next verse: “This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” These beautiful words apply specifically to how God brought salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. “This is the day” may refer to the day of the resurrection.
We saw yesterday that the Eunuch was reading from Isaiah. Today we see it was Isaiah 53, the passage that says “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter”. We know this to be a prophecy of Jesus death on the cross but the Eunuch did not know who it was talking about. Philip explained how the prophecy was about Jesus.
Isn’t it amazing that the Eunuch just happened to be reading this particular chapter of Isaiah? Examine the particular verses quoted in Acts. (I am sure Philip’s teaching was not limited to these). What do you see in the scripture which he read?
This serves as kind of a transition from Jesus teaching in the temple on Monday and Tuesday to the events leading up to Jesus arrest. Jesus tells His apostles again what is going to happen. Then we see the Jewish leaders plotting to kill Him.
Interesting, they want to kill Him, but not during the feast they say. Jesus of course will be killed during the feast which fulfills his prediction as well as the Old Testament shadow of the Passover Lamb. How does that show who is really in charge?
Today’s Text: John 10:11-21
In today’s reading Jesus describes Himself as a shepherd – the good shepherd who is willing to give His life for the sheep. This is a contrast to the hireling who sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep to take care of themselves. Also, the good shepherd knows his sheep and they know him.
Jesus also says there are other sheep that are not of this fold who he will bring who will hear his voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
The reading closes with the people discussing different ideas about the true identity of Jesus.
Question 1 – What reasons does the text give for Jesus’ willingness to lay down His life for the sheep? He stresses that it is something He does willingly. What is His motivation?
Question 2 – Who do you think are the “other sheep” Jesus must bring?
Today’s Reading: John 9:24-34
The Pharisees are trying to “get to the bottom” of how the man born blind was healed. The parents tried to avoid answering so they question the man himself again. The man born blind only knows that he was blind but now he can see – and that’s all he needs to know to be convinced Jesus is from God! Note his logical reasoning in verse 30-33.
Do you think the Pharisees in this case were really trying to understand who Jesus was? What indicates their motives are probably not pure?
Today’s Text: John 9:8-23
In this reading we see different reactions to the healing of the blind man. Everyone is amazed and wants to know how it happened. The Pharisees become involved, and because the healing was done on the Sabbath they charge Jesus with being a sinner. The man’s parents are unwilling to say it was Jesus because of fear of the Jews. Confessing Christ would mean being put out of the synagogue.
The man born blind has no trouble sharing what he knows about how he was healed (see verse 11). Why do you think he was so bold, even risking being put out of the synagogue?