The Work of Jesus

by Rev. John Cortright on March 18, 2012
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Notes:

Jesus was a man, tempted as all of us; yet, he walked perfectly and chose to live his life doing the work of the Father (Heb 2:17-18). He is referred to as “the Son of God” 46 times in the New Testament. He is referred to as “the Son of Man” 84 times. He is never referred to as “God the Son,” or a “God man.” Jesus was a man, the mediator between God and mankind (I Tim 2:5). The term “Son of Man” is used 93 times in the book of Ezekiel and emphasizes the humanity of the messenger in contrast to the divine origin and authority of the message. Jesus was a man. He had free will to walk according to the flesh or according to the spirit. He was the perfect man, the perfect human, not a “God man” but rather a human being in the flesh, who had to decide to live according to the will of God (Heb 4:15).

Jesus was driven, purposeful, self-motivated, determined, temperate, resolute, focused, and confident. He was a man, dedicated to doing the work of his Father, God (John 8:28-29; 6:38; 12:49; 14:10; 5:17). It took work. We can empathize with his impeccable character and be inspired by his disciplined life.

Remember what is said about us who believe on Jesus (Phi 2:5; I John 4:17; 2:6; John 14:12).

Mark 1:21-45

Capernaum is on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus had a home in Capernaum. God said that light would shine in Galilee (Is 9:1-2). The day started in the synagogue and ended after dark at the home of Simon Peter. Early in the next day, before the sun came up, Jesus determined to get by himself in a secluded place to pray. This takes self-discipline, determination, devotion.

Mark 2:1-13

His belongings, his personal items, did not own him. His entire life was for God’s purpose, God’s glory.

Mark 3:1-14

He went up to a mountain. Luke 6:12-13 – He spent the whole night in prayer to God. How important is prayer? How much time, work, effort, devotion, did Jesus give to prayer? (Rom 12:12; Col 4:12)

Mark 3:20-35

They couldn’t even get something to eat. His own family thought he had lost his senses. The scribes continued their accusations. Jesus stayed focused on his purpose, doing the will of God.

Mark 6:7-13, 30-46

He gave the same power and authority to his disciples and instructed them. Jesus knew who he was and whose will he was doing. He, as his Father does, had compassion on humanity. He took time to pray.

Mark 9:1-9; Luke 9:28-36
– The Mount of Transfiguration – Jesus deliberately got away to take time in prayer. Luke 9:51 – After this, the mood of the Gospels changed. Jesus began to finish his purpose. From this point, Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem, to accomplish fully the work of the Father.

God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. Now Christ is in us. We have been given the ministry of reconciliation to continue the work of Christ, which is the work of our Father God. As God was with Christ, God is now at work in us. Are we willing to work? II Corinthians 5:18-22; 6:1-10

Philippians 2:13

for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.



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