Jesus started a revolution of love. Most think that love is an emotion, but it’s not.
(1Jn 5:3 NKJV) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
Christ came to reveal the new commands of the father and to be the first to walk in them. He revealed the old covenant for what it represented, a schoolmaster and shadow to bring us to the law of liberty and freedom from bondage.
(Heb 7:18 SENT) So on the one hand, the previous commandment is being set aside, due to its own weakness and lack of effectiveness.
(Heb 7:19 SENT) Because the Law hasn’t perfected anything. And on the other hand, there’s the introduction of a greater hope. And through that hope we are coming close to God.
He didn’t come with force or violence. He came with incredible boldness.
(Luk 4:32 SENT) They were just astounded by his teaching, because his words had such authority.
(Mat 7:28 SENT) When Jesus had finished saying all these things, the crowd was just astounded at his teaching.
(Mat 7:29 SENT) Unlike their scripture experts, he was teaching them as a person who had authority.
He was so different than the teachers of the day that it was astonishing, shocking, and revolutionary. As his Body, we are to have the same impact on people today. The doctrine of Christ and the boldness the Spirit of God working within us is polarizing. It is either refreshing and nourishing to our weary souls beyond anything we have ever experienced, or it is violently opposed by the religious people of the day.
(Joh 15:18 SENT) “If they Persecuted me, they’ll Persecute you Too”
If the world hates you, understand that it already hates me first.
(Joh 15:19 SENT) If you were from the world, the world would love its own. But it’s because you’re not from the world at all: I’ve chosen you out of the world. That’s why the world hates you.
(Joh 15:20 SENT) Remember what I said to you: “A servant isn’t greater than their master. If they’ve persecuted me, they’ll persecute you too. If they’ve obeyed my teaching, they’ll obey yours too.
Christ did not spend his time with the pious and self righteous people of the day that thought they followed God. He was with those that knew they were in need of help and forgiveness.
(Mat 9:11 SENT) When the Pharisees saw that, they started saying to Jesus’ followers, “Why is it that your teacher eats with tax collectors and sinners?”
(Mat 9:12 SENT) But he heard them, and said, “It’s not healthy people that need a doctor, but people who are sick!
He did not judge people according to their physical appearance, or status in life. He did not focus on the flesh, the outside of the cup; he was like his Father and concerned about the condition of their heart.
1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
(2Co 5:16 SENT) So from now on, we don’t look at anybody on the basis of their outward condition, Even though we once saw Christ that way, we don’t see him that way anymore.
He knew that the way to create true change in people’s lives was not to focus on the symptoms of bad behavior and disobedience, but to create change from within. What we think and believe determines what we say and do.
(Mat 23:25 SENT) It’s going to be horrible for you, scripture experts and Pharisees—you play-actors! Because you clean the outside of your bowls and cups, but inside they’re full of violent thievery and lack of restraint.
(Mat 23:26 SENT) Listen, blind Pharisee: Clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside will be clean too.
(Mat 23:27 SENT) It’s going to be horrible for you, scripture experts and Pharisees—you play-actors! Because you are like white-painted tombs. They look beautiful outside, but inside they’re full of dead people’s bones and all kinds of filth.
He was not concerned about the opinions of man, or doing what his flesh desired. He was concerned about doing the will of the father.
(Joh 4:34 SENT) Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of the One who sent me, and to finish God’s work.
(Joh 6:38 SENT) Because I haven’t come down from heaven to do what I want, but what the One who sent me wants.
Christ did not fall into the delusion that life is about doing what we want will make us happy. He knew that the way to true joy was to deny himself and submit to the father.
(Heb 12:2 SENT) Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, who’s the champion and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay ahead of him, he endured the cross. He gave no notice to the shame of it, and has sat down on the right side of God’s throne.
He did not seek instant gratification; he saw past the temporary suffering and discomfort of obedience and desired the greater reward to come.
(Rom 8:18 NKJV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
He was not focused on storing up riches in this earth or pursuing any of the lust of the flesh. He saw so clearly the vanity and futility of these temporary earthly pursuits.
(Mat 6:19 SENT) Don’t store up your wealth on earth. Down here, moths and rust eat things away, and burglars break in and steal things.
(Mat 6:20 SENT) Instead, store up wealth for yourselves in heaven Up there, moths and rust don’t eat things away, and burglars don’t break in and steal things.
(Mat 6:21 SENT) After all, wherever your wealth is, that’s where your heart will be.
He was not distracted from the Father’s will by his physical family. He saw past the flesh and knew who his true family was in the Spirit.
(Mat 12:48 SENT) But Jesus said back to the person who said that to him: “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers and sisters?”
(Mat 12:49 SENT) And he held out his hand towards his followers and said, “Look—my mother and my brothers and sisters!
(Mat 12:50 SENT) Because if anybody does the will of my Father in heaven, they are my brother, my sister, and my mother.”
Jesus did not complain about taxes or argue with the laws of the land where he lived. He did not get involved in politics or the affairs of the world, because he was there to be about his Father’s business.
(Mat 22:17 SENT) So tell us your opinion. Is it all right to pay the tax to Caesar, or not?”
(Mat 22:18 SENT) But Jesus knew their evil intention, and said, “Why are you testing me, you play-actors?
(Mat 22:19 SENT) Show me the coin for the tax.” So they brought him a denarius.
(Mat 22:20 SENT) Jesus said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
(Mat 22:21 SENT) They said to him, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “So give Caesar’s things to Caesar; and God’s things to God.”
(Mat 22:22 SENT) They were amazed when they heard that, and they gave up and went away.
(2Ti 2:3 NKJV) You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
(2Ti 2:4 NKJV) No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
He knew that the Kingdom was within and not of this world.
(Luk 17:20 SENT) Jesus was asked by the Pharisees, “When is God’s Reign coming?” He answered them by saying, God’s Reign doesn’t come so you can see it.
(Luk 17:21 SENT) And they’re not going to be saying, “Look, it’s here!” or, “There it is!” Because look, it’s inside each of you.”
(Joh 18:36 NKJV) Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”
He loved everyone, but focused on those with whom the Father was working. He taught others the same.
(Mat 26:7 SENT) While he was there, a woman came up to him. She had an alabaster bottle of scented oil, super-expensive stuff. She poured it
over his head as he was lying there at dinner.
(Mat 26:8 SENT) But when his followers saw that, they were offended. They were thinking, “What’s the point of throwing it away like that?
(Mat 26:9 SENT) After all, it could’ve been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor!”
(Mat 26:10 SENT) But Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said to them, “Why are you making trouble for this woman? She’s just done something kind for me.
(Mat 26:11 SENT) After all, you’ll always have the poor with you—but you won’t always have me.
He cried when his friends died.
He rebuked those closest to him when it was needed.
(Mat 16:22 NKJV) Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
(Mat 16:23 NKJV) But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
(Mat 16:24 NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
(Mat 16:25 NKJV) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
(Mat 16:26 NKJV) For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
He was full of passion and zeal for his Father’s house and drove the evil out of it.
(Joh 2:14 SENT) And he found people sitting in the Temple who were changing moneyj and selling cattle and sheep and doves.
Joh 2:15 Jesus made a whip out of pieces of rope, and kicked them all out of the Temple, including the sheep and the cattle. And he poured out the money-changers’ coins, and tipped over their tables.
Joh 2:16 And he said to the people selling doves, “Get these out of here! Stop making my Father’s house into a market!”
Joh 2:17 His followers remembered that scripture says, I’m consumed by passion for your house.
He forgave those who did him great evil.
(Luk 23:34 NKJV) Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.
Jesus knew that any power he had came from the Father, and gave Him all the glory.
(Joh 5:30 NKJV) I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
We are Christ’s Body and will be made like him in this present world, if we are God’s elect.
(1Co 12:27 NKJV) Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.
(1Jn 4:17 NKJV) Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
We will fall short of Christ’s example, which will cause us to cry out for more faith and the power to obey. He will deliver us in due time to the Glory of the father and as a witness to all those around us.
Be like Christ. Be revolutionary.
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