John 5 Lesson

The Perfect Example Of Jesus

JESUS CAME TO DO THE WILL OF HIS FATHER

For today’s lesson, we will focus on the following words spoken by Jesus:

  • “I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” – John 5:30.

Jesus was selfless in His service to God the Father. He did not come to serve Himself; He came to serve others and to bring glory to His Father. Consider these words spoken by Jesus and recorded in the Gospel of Mark:

  • “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” – Mark 10:43-45.

Jesus did not live an easy life. He suffered, even before the cross. But no matter the situation that He found Himself in, He never stopped following God’s plan. He never stopped serving others.

FOLLOWING JESUS LEADS TO SALVATION

We will never go wrong if we follow Jesus’ example of obedience to His Father. Consider the following words spoken by Jesus and recorded in John’s Gospel:

  • “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.  For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”John 6:38-40.

There is a popular expression, “What would Jesus do?” These words remind us that we do well to think about how Jesus would react in any given situation. When we are facing a difficult decision, we are always served well by asking ourselves what Jesus would do, and then doing it.

There are many scriptures that talk about the importance of following Jesus, including these three:

  1. “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’” - Mathew 16:24,
  2. “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouthand while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.” - 1 Peter 2:21,
  3. “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” - John 8:12.

FOLLOWING THE WORLD LEADS TO CONDEMNATION

God warns us repeatedly in His inspired word not to follow the sinful ways of the world.  If we do, there will be eternal consequences to face, as evidenced in the following two scriptures:

  1. “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” - 1 John 2:15-17,
  2. “You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” - James 4:4.

CONCLUSION

Every day that we are alive presents us with an opportunity. What will we do with it?

Will we spend the day as the rest of the world does, trying to accumulate “things” and seeking fleshly pleasures? Or will we serve a higher purpose?

If we follow the example of Jesus and spend our time seeking to please God and to serve others, our reward will be in heaven.

If we ignore God’s commandments and live selfishly, we will perish for all eternity.

Jesus did not come to serve Himself; He came to serve others and to glorify God. This is the example that God wants us to learn from and to follow. As we live our lives, we should constantly be searching for ways to serve others and to glorify God.

This involves a new way of looking at things from a spiritual perspective.

We will end today’s lesson with the following scriptures that highlight the importance of doing God’s will, not our own: 

  • “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.   In all your ways acknowledge Him.” - Proverbs 3:5-6,
  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2.

Comments

Pat Dermody

Too often we can get caught up in following the “rules” that we do not hear God in our lives. There is a saying that goes something like this.”life is what happens while we are making plans. “We need to find God in the present . During the day we need to pause ans ask what is God trying to tell me in this moment . What would Jesus do in this moment? And, hopefully, we will become more godlike.

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Prof. Dr. Lorin Cranford

Truly Jesus is our example to follow. But He is more than an example. Through His indwelling presence by His Spirit, it is Him who enables the obedience so that our actions become Him living out His life through us. This is the point of His declaration in Matt 5,17. The shining Light in us is the Presence of Christ who is working in and through us. This then prompts praise to God and not praise of us. May each of us allow the indwelling Christ the freedom to reproduce His life in us today!

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Victoria

Psalm 25 is the best!!!

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John
Victoria

Thank you Victoria! I had to look it up and see what it says. I recall the words from this psalm in a beautiful hymn, "Unto Thee O' Lord." Have a blessed day Victoria!

To You, Lord, I lift up my soul.
2 My God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies rejoice over me.
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
[a]Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Your ways, Lord;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithfulness,
For they have been [b]from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my wrongdoings;
Remember me according to Your faithfulness,
For Your goodness’ sake, Lord.

8 The Lord is good and upright;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the [c]humble in justice,
And He teaches the [d]humble His way.
10 All the paths of the Lord are faithfulness and truth
To those who comply with His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For the sake of Your name, Lord,
Forgive my wrongdoing, for it is great.

12 Who is the person who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will dwell in [e]prosperity,
And his [f]descendants will inherit the [g]land.
14 The [h]secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him,
[i]And He will make them know His covenant.
15 My eyes are continually toward the Lord,
For He will [j]rescue my feet from the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
17 [k]The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
18 Look at my misery and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Look at my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
20 Guard my soul and save me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness protect me,
For I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, God,
From all his distress.

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mustang

Amen! God is love!

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Janice
mustang

Amen

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