Impact on Jesus Week #11 & #12

More Daily journaling in looking how Scripture Impacted a young boy/man named Jesus!

3/27/17

"For I do not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken." Jesus as quoted by John 12:49

"For I gave them the words you gave me. . ." John 17:8

Jesus was very clear that the words he spoke were not his own. He did not go around just spouting off whatever he wanted! When he spoke to his disciples, the crowds, or to the religious leaders, he was careful to speak only the words he had been given by his Father. Nothing more and nothing less. Why?

In Deuteronomy 18:18 we see another moment of impact on Jesus' life as Moses told the people what the Lord had given him to say:

"I will raise up for them a prophet like you (Moses) from among their brothers. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him."

In these words, Jesus was allowed to see another reason he had come. His purpose was to speak the words God gave him, to be the One leading Gods people by saying what He was commanded to say! In order to do this, it meant he had to be constantly listening, tuning in to what His Father was saying and doing! He did this by giving himself to know the Word of God in which God had revealed himself and by consistently finding a quiet place to hear from God. Jesus had the Word implanted on his heart by his parents and his hunger for it grew. He was thirsty for the Word and above all else, wanted to know his Daddy (as we see at the age of 12 in the temple).

Because Jesus gave himself to speak only what he was commanded, he could with boldness say "Listen to me!" Why? Again the answer is in v.19 "If anyone does not listen to My words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will hold him accountable!"

Jesus was careful to speak only as he was commanded to and he was bold in calling others to listen! If Jesus did not heed these words of Moses and spoke as he wanted to or as he felt, then he would stand condemned by v.20

"But a prophet who presumes to speak in My name anything I have not commanded him to say, . . . Must be put to death."

Jesus was greatly impacted by these stories and the evidence of that continues to show! Praise God Jesus chose to obey and only speak what he was commanded to speak in God's name, and therefore we can know today that all of his words are Truth by which we have been set free!

#Impact #EnjoyTheShepherd

3/28/17

As Jesus entered into the Olive grove at the Garden of Gethsemane, he shares with his disciples his need for strength. He said "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. . ." (Matthew 26:38, Mark 14:34)

Jesus was facing the greatest battle of his life. He had faced the demon possessed, religious leaders, soldiers, crowds of angry people wanting to stone him, and at once a whole legion of demons. But here, in this hour, he was overcome with sorrow and anxiety. The pressure was so great, Jesus began to sweat drops of blood! (Luke 22:44)

Just before entering this time of prayer, Jesus asked his closest companions, Peter, James, and John, to "Keep watch with me!" In other words, "Fight with me! Pray with me! Lest you too fall into temptation!"

At this moment, Jesus was again being tempted with another way out. The Devil had left him in the wilderness "until an opportune time" and here he is tired, filled with sorrow, bearing the heavy burden of anguish, sweating drops of blood, and even Jesus is tempted to find another way around what he was facing!

Twice Jesus found the disciples sleeping while he prayed. The third time, after saying "Not my will, but Yours be done Father!" We see a different Jesus than the one who entered the garden. When Judah's arrives, we see a confident Jesus! A bold Jesus! A Jesus who told his disciples to get up "let us go, here comes my betrayer!"

Jesus walked into the battle that only moments before he had asked "is there any other way?" When Peter attempted to rescue him, Jesus said "Enough! Do you not think I could call on my Father and have this stopped? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that day it must happen this way?" (Matthew 26:56)

In other words, Jesus went to pray in order to face the battle with strength. He asked his Father for another way, but he accepted his Father's will! By doing so, he could go into the battle with boldness, his eyes set on winning by suffering what would appear to be a defeat!

Jesus' sorrow came from knowing the words of Deuteronomy 21:22-23 that any man "who is hung on a tree is under God's curse!" Jesus had experienced all things human except the reality of being under the curse of God! Yet, here in the Garden, the weight of all he was to bear came over him and his heart became sorrowful. Some would even say he grew faint!

For that reason, Jesus went to pray! Jesus also knew the words of Deuteronomy 20:8 given to men going to battle which says "Is any man afraid or faint hearted? Let him go home . . ."

Jesus knew he could not enter this fight with a faint heart. If he did, it would be too easy to find an exit strategy. He was offered so many along the way. Pilate desperately wanted to free him! All he had to do was talk his way out, stop claiming to be Gods Son! But to do so would forever separate him from the Daddy he loved! That is why Jesus entered the garden and asked his Father to strengthen him, and his Father answered as Jesus reflected on words that had impacted him so many years before:

"Hear O Israel,(my Son), today you are going into battle against your enemies. Do NOT be faint hearted or afraid: do not be terrified or give way to panic before them. For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you the victory!" Deuteronomy 20:3-4

These are the words that had been implanted on his heart and refreshed in his spirit as he prayed in the garden. These words are why we see a bold Jesus walking directly into the fight. A Jesus who commands a sword be put away. A Jesus, who with just words caused men to fall backwards. A Jesus who demands his disciples be allowed to leave unharmed. A Jesus who did not back down in front of the high priest. A Jesus who did not beg for his life. A Jesus who did not seek Pilate or Herod's approval. A Jesus who never again asked for a different way. A Jesus who did not back down from the beatings, the mocking, the abuse, the Cross!

Rather we see a Jesus who goes into the battle with confidence, with boldness, without fear, because he knew the Lord his God, his Daddy, was fighting for him and would give him the victory!

Praise His Name!

I am so glad God wrote these words so that Jesus could be impacted as a boy/young man and then allow them to carry him through life, even to death on the cross!

#Impact #EnjoyTheShepherd