Part 9 – How Did Jesus Live As He Ministered?
In the last two installments, we looked at how Jesus lived as He matured, and “grew in wisdom and stature.” Today, let’s look at how Jesus lived as He ministered to others.
THE CONSEQUENCE OF JESUS HAVING A DIFFERENT BIOLOGICAL MAKE-UP
Jesus had the highest life (divine life), and the third highest life (human life) within Him. How did He differ from the inhabitants of this world, who only had Adam’s fallen life in them, in living His life?
Consider an eel, and an electric eel. The electric eel looks like a normal eel, except it has organs operating in him that are unknown to the normal eel.
Consider a human being, and a bat (the animal). They perceive what is around them, in totally different ways.
In same way, Jesus and fallen man have totally different internal parts, so they perceived their surroundings differently.
What Are The Sociological Differences Between Other Humans And Jesus?
What about morals?
Religious leaders had very high moral standards for everyone, except themselves. Jesus was more than willing to let sinners go without punishment.
Religious leaders separated themselves from all people whom they considered to be “bad” company. Jesus had companions who were prostitutes and thieves.
Religious leaders had the highest code of conduct. They had very precise rules concerning how to live in front of others. Jesus got the reputation for eating and drinking too much.
What about culture?
Humans put a high premium on cultural expression, especially in religious rituals, places of worship, courtship, marriage, sports and recreation, and social amenities. Jesus was interested only in fellowship.
What about values?
Humans value gaining, Jesus valued losing. We cherish life, Jesus put a higher value on death. We are awed by the rich and riches, Jesus valued the poor. We value the acquisition of wealth, Jesus encouraged the giving away of things. We value the seen, Jesus valued the unseen. We value the here and now, Jesus valued the heavenly and the eternal. We value comfort, Jesus valued suffering.
What about direction?
We are led by our mind (logic and reason), will (good choices) and emotions (what “feels” right). Jesus was led by His spirit.
What about discovery of the unknown?
We see (with our eyes), Jesus perceived (with His spirit). We think (with our minds), Jesus apprehended (with His spirit). We reason (with our intellect), Jesus discerned (with His spirit). We hear (with our ears), Jesus heard (with His spirit).
“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men.” (or “knew what was in a man“) (John 2:24, NIV).
“Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, ‘Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?'” (Luke 5:22, NIV).
“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to then, ‘Why are you thinking these things?'” (Mark 2:8, NIV).
In the healing of the cripple: “Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2, NIV). “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (Mark 2:7, NIV).
Jesus perceived their faith, the Pharisees could only reason, and they concluded that Jesus blasphemed.
Jesus had a living spirit, and the life of God. And by means of that higher life within Him, He did not think, He perceived. Where did He perceive? … In His spirit!
“Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit …” (Mark 2:8, NIV).
Fallen man reasons, intellectualizes, “logics”, and thinks out of the source of his fallen life, out of his damaged soul. But the soul was not meant to perceive.
Jesus did not reason, He had a “knowing” in His spirit. He did not intellectualize, He “revelated” (He apprehended by revelation something that was taking place), not in His mind, but in His spirit. He did not think or rationalize, He “intuited”.
When it came to discussion, He surpassed everyone else, because He simply listened within His spirit, to a voice from the other realm, the voice of His Father. Man thought, Jesus perceived.
… Next time …. Part 10 – How Did Jesus’ Death Affect Mankind?