Who are
your heroes? Well, I treasure several
men, but the greatest hero of all time is the
Lord Jesus Christ. Hello, I’m Phil Sanders,
and this is a Bible study “In Search of
the Lord’s Way.” Today we’re looking at
what makes Jesus a hero! In all the hurry and hustle and confusion of modern living, the Lord
has the way. We believe that the Bible is the revelation of His way. We invite you to
join us In Search of the Lord’s Way
with Phil Sanders. Welcome to In SEARCH
of the Lord’s Way! We’re here to search the
Scriptures so that we might please God and live
as lights to the world. We have in Jesus our
model and teacher. He lived a sinless life
and sacrificed Himself so that we might have
life and hope. We look to Him like no one
else, because He has no equal! He was the Son of God who
revealed to us what God is like. We’re grateful we have a
Savior who loved us enough to teach
us the truth. Thanks for taking
time with us today. We want to be a part of
your life each week. God calls us to follow the
example of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2 verses 21 to 24
says, “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
mouth; and while being reviled, He did not
revile in return; while suffering, He uttered
no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him
who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our
sins in His body on the cross, so that we might
die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His
wounds you were healed.” Jesus was willing
to suffer death by crucifixion in order
to bring us to God. His example of kindness
toward those who were reviling and punishing Him
calls us to be kind while
we’re suffering. His example of obedience
to the Father’s will calls us to be obedient
as well. Jesus entrusted Himself to the Father who judges righteously. He personally bore our
sins in His body, so that we could die to sin and
live to righteousness. His wounds heal
us spiritually. We must be thankful
that Jesus was faithful to the
Father and to us. Now we offer this study
on faithful Jesus free. If you’d like a printed
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worship in song, we’ll read from John 14 verses
27 to 31, and we’ll consider Jesus
as our example. Our reading today comes
from the gospel according to John chapter 14
verses 27 to 31. Jesus is here speaking to
the apostles on the night before He is to
die upon the cross. And He’s concerned about
them, but He also wants to tell them why He’s
doing what He’s doing. Peace I leave with you;
My peace I give to you; not as the world gives
do I give to you. Do not let your heart be
troubled, nor let it be fearful. You heard that
I said to you, ‘I go away, and I
will come to you.’ If you loved Me, you would
have rejoiced because I go to the Father, for the
Father is greater than I. Now I have told you
before it happens, so that when it happens,
you may believe. I will not speak much
more with you, for the ruler of the world is
coming, and he has nothing in Me; but so that the
world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly
as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us
go from here. That’s Jesus’ words
to His apostles. Let’s pray
together. Oh Father we’re thankful
that the Lord Jesus was willing to die
in our stead. And Father we’re thankful
that He showed us what it means to love You by doing
exactly as You commanded Him. Help us also Father
to be faithful. This is our prayer
in the name of Jesus our Lord
and savior, Amen. If we ask the question, “What does it mean to be faithful?” we could hardly find a
better example than to look at Jesus
Christ our Lord. Hebrews 2 verses 5 to
6 says, “Now Moses was faithful in all God’s
house as a servant, to testify to the things that
were to be spoken later, but Christ is faithful
over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if
indeed we hold fast our confidence and our
boasting in our hope.” Christ spoke the truth,
was kind and helpful, loved everyone, converted
sinners but never sinned Himself, and always obeyed and pleased His Father in heaven. Jesus was loyal,
committed, steadfast, and trusting
of His Father. So committed and zealous
was He that He said in John 4 and verse 34, “My
food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to
accomplish His work.” Now doing the Father’s
will was always on the heart of Jesus and it motivated His every act on earth. And that’s what it
means to be faithful. Philippians 2 verses 5 to
8 tells us what kind of thinking we should
have toward God. It says, “Have this mind
among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God, did not count
equality with God a thing to be grasped, but (He)
emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human
form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to
the point of death, even death
on a cross.” Jesus out of love humbled
himself and obeyed His Father’s will by enduring the agonizing death of crucifixion. Jesus was not interested
in seeking His own will but in fully accomplishing
the work that His Father had given
Him to do. You know many people
characterized Him as a revolutionary or a libertine, who sought religious freedom. Well, Jesus certainly did
seek freedom: that is freedom from the
traditions of men and freedom from sin
for His people. But Jesus, listen to me
now, never sought freedom to do His own will, nor
did He ever seek freedom from the
will of God. He never sought to
change God’s will. The psalmist in Psalm 40
verses 6 to 8 prophesied of the Messiah who would
come to do the Father’s will. And Hebrews 10:5 to 7
explains, “Consequently, when Christ came into
the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings
you have not desired, but a body have you prepared
for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you
have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I
have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of
me in the scroll of the book.'” “I have come to do Your
will, O God,” and that was the very substance
of His life. Jesus never conceived of
freedom from God’s will. He saw the true freedom
in the will of God. The Lord Jesus said in
John 6:38, “For I have come down from heaven, not
to do My own will, but the will of Him
who sent Me.” Now this attitude permeated every aspect of His life. The Lord Jesus said in
John 5 verse 19, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the
Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what
he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” It’s simply not in the
character of Jesus to act on His own authority
apart from the Father. He said in John 5 and
verse 30, “I can do nothing (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.” Jesus does not strike out
on His own, even in the areas where God
is silent. His task is to fulfill
the revealed will of God. The Father told Him what to do and sent Him to earth to do it. And so Jesus respects that
and He never thinks to go beyond His authority, He
never wanted to go beyond the Father’s
instructions. It was enough for Him just to do as the Father instructed. And you never hear
Jesus acting on own and justifying His behavior by
saying, “Well, the Father never
told Me not to.” No instead Jesus said in
John 8:28 to 29, ‘When you lift up the Son of Man,
then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on
My own, but I speak these things as the
Father taught Me. And He who sent Me is with
Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.” Rather than strake, strike
out on own, Jesus did what He was taught
by the Father. The Lord Jesus said in
John 12 verses 49 to 50, He said, “For I (I) did
not speak on My own initiative, (that is by My
own authority and by My own thinking) but the
Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. (And) I know that His
commandment is eternal life; therefore the things
I speak, (Jesus said) I speak just as the
Father has told Me.” And Jesus spoke what God
wanted Him to say in the way that God wanted
Him to say it. Hebrews 1 and verse 2
reminds us that God “in these last days has
spoken to us in His Son.” Now such a message is so
important to God and to all humanity that God
entrusted it to no one other than His own
Son, Jesus Christ. Oh, I’m thankful Jesus
gave the message carefully, completely, diligently, lovingly and accurately. I’m glad that He faithfully gave it just as it was given to Him. I wouldn’t want an
innovated message, or a corrupted message, or a
substituted message, or a shortened message
to judge my soul. I want the
whole truth. Teaching things correctly
was important to Jesus. He spoke what He heard
from the Father; He spoke all that He heard; and He spoke no more than He heard. Jesus didn’t presume
freedom to vary from the message or
to edit it. On His way to the cross,
the Lord Jesus said in John 14:31, “but so that
the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as (My) the Father commanded Me. (Then He said to them) Get
up, let us go from here.” Jesus Christ expressed
that His love kept Him doing just what the Lord commanded, nothing more and
nothing less. This diligence to please
the Father is a noteworthy example for
us today. Limiting ourselves only to
that which is taught in the New Testament, by the
words of Jesus, is not an act of self-righteousness
but an effort to please the God that
we love. In John 14:31 Jesus professes His love for His Father. This is the only
statement of that love in such a
direct manner. Jesus wants the “world” to
know of His love and how He does love desperately, completely, urgently,
the Father. And one can see it clearly
in the way that Jesus obeys. His motive
is pure. His strict adherence to
the commandment of the Father reflects a pure,
perfect love for His Father. And we see in Jesus what
John meant in 1 John 2. 1 John 2:3-6 says, “And by
this we know that we have come to know Him, if we
keep His commandments. Whoever says “I know Him”
but does not keep His commandments is a liar,
and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps His
word, in him truly the love of God
is perfected. (And) By this we may
know that we are in Him: whoever says he abides in
Him ought to walk in the same way in
which He walked.” Now as a lover of the
Father, God, Jesus was not a legalist, nor was He
a heartless dogmatist. He had no axe to grind
against others by strictly adhering to the
Father’s commandment. Nor was Jesus playing a game of “holier-than-thou.” He wasn’t trying to
justify Himself to the “Pharisees” or satisfy
the multitudes. He faithfully and lovingly
obeyed His Father. He took the narrow road
that He asks others to take. And the Lord Jesus so
loved the Father that He was willing to sacrifice
Himself in order to do the
Father’s will. The Lord Jesus promised in
John 14 verses 23 and 4 that, “If anyone loves Me,
he will keep My word, and My Father will love him,
and We will come to him and make our
home with him. Whoever does not love Me
does not keep My words. And the word that you
hear is not Mine but the Father’s who
sent me.” Now if you want to have a
strong relationship with the Lord, if you want the
Father to love you, if you want God to live with you,
then love God enough to
keep His word. If you refuse to keep His
words, you show that you really don’t
love the Father. How you live speaks to God about whether you love Him or not. Now faith, and love, and
obedience, they, they blend together and
they’re inseparable. Don’t brag about
believing if you aren’t also
obeying the Lord. And don’t brag about
loving the Lord, if you aren’t willing to
obey His teaching. The Lord Jesus said in
John 3 and verse 36 that, “Whoever believes in the
Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the
Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God
remains on him.” Saying you believe but
being unwilling to obey shows that you don’t
really trust God enough to do what
He commands. When the New Testament
speaks of saving faith, it implies an
obedient faith. In Romans 1 and verse 5
Paul speaks of receiving grace and apostleship
through Jesus Christ in order “to bring about the
obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for
His name’s sake.” The idea that a person is
saved at the point that he believes but hasn’t obeyed
the Lord assumes way too much and ignores all the
Bible has to say about what is needed
for salvation. Hebrews 5 verses 8 and 9
says, “Although He was a son, He learned obedience
through what He suffered. And being made perfect,
He became the source of eternal salvation to
all who obey Him.” Just as Jesus learned
obedience when He went to the cross, so we too must
learn to obey in faith and
from the heart. Romans 6 verses 16 to 18
says, “Do you not know that if you present
yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, (that)
you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of
sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which
leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God, that
you who were once slaves of sin have become
obedient from the heart to (that) the standard of
teaching to which you were committed, and, having
been set free from sin, have become slaves
of righteousness.” The children of God are
not set free from sin until they obey from the
heart the standard of teaching to which
they were committed. God saves us when by
faith, we lovingly obey. Now this agrees with the statement by Paul to
the Galatians. Galatians 3 verses 26 to
27 says, “for in Christ Jesus you are all sons
of God, through faith. For as many of you as were
baptized into Christ have put
on Christ.” Now the faithful here are
those who’ve heard the word, believed it, and
were baptized into Christ. And in baptism, they
put on Christ, or they “clothed themselves
with Christ.” Before they were baptized
into Christ, they were still outside
of Christ. James 1:22 to 25 says,
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer
of the word and not a doer, he is like a man
who looks intently at his natural face
in a mirror. For he looks at himself
and goes away and at once forgets what he
was like. But the one who looks into
the perfect law, (that is) the law of liberty, and
perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a
doer who acts, he will be blessed
in his doing.” Ah, if you wish to be
blessed by God, then do more
than hear! Be a doer of
the word! Humble your heart, listen to the Lord and obey His teaching! That’s what real
faith is all about. And that’s the kind of life that Jesus lived. Let’s pray. Oh Father, we’re thankful
that You sent Your son Jesus that He may instruct
us and model for us what it means to believe and to
be obedient to Your will. And Father may Your will
be done on earth as it is in heaven, In Jesus
name we pray, Amen. To be faithful today, we
must humble ourselves and be determined to follow
the revealed will of God. I hear many people speak
of being led by the Holy Spirit in a personal way,
as if the Holy Spirit were communicating to
them individually. The Lord Jesus promised
the Holy Spirit would lead the apostles into
all the truth. Jesus said in John 16:13
to 14, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide
you (speaking to the apostles) into all the
truth, for he will not speak on his own
authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and
he will declare to you the things that
are to come. He will glorify me, for he
will take what is mine and declare
it to you.” Like the Lord Jesus, the
Holy Spirit never speaks on
His own authority. He only reveals what the Father and the Son reveal to Him. Now the apostles recorded what the Spirit revealed to them. The Lord Jesus promised
the Spirit would guide the apostles into
all the truth. For this reason, we can be
confident the Spirit isn’t adding new
revelations today. People today claim to speak by the Spirit, but the Spirit gave all the truth to the apostles in the first century. There isn’t anything new
being revealed today. So, if you wish to do the
will of the Father, then look to what Jesus and the
Holy Spirit spoke through the apostles and prophets
in the New Testament. Believe in the Lord Jesus
Christ, turn from sin to righteousness, confess
Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and be baptized
into Christ. Now baptism is an
immersion in water in the name of the Lord Jesus for
the forgiveness of your sins. And God will wash away
your sins, save your soul, make you His child, and
add you to His church. Oh, do
it today! Well, we hope that today’s
study about the sacrifice of Christ and His
faithfulness, has stirred you to consider the price
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