April 4, 2011

A study of Jesus' life, Part 3...

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." -Philippians 2:5-11.

Matthew 8:1-17; Mark 1:29-34, 40-44; Mark 1:29-34, 40-44; Luke 4:38-41, 5:12-14, 7:1-10

Simple truths:
  • Jesus helped those that asked for his help (Matt. 8:2-3, 16).  We should help those that specifically ask for our help. 
  • Jesus helped those that didn't ask for his help, yet were still in need (Matt. 8:14-15).  If we see someone struggling, we should help that person if possible.
  • Jesus helped those that sent intercessors for help (Matt. 8:6-7, 16; Mark 1:30).  If we become aware of one's struggle through another person, we should help that person if possible (prayer or otherwise).
  • Jesus physically touched the outcast (Matt. 8:3).  We should acknowledge those that are outcast in our own society.  Hello, conviction! 
  • Jesus was filled with compassion for the helpless (Mark 1:41).  Lord, break my heart for what breaks yours.
Part 1
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