Summary: The hardest part of our day may be the getting up in the morning. Most are aware that there is a direct correlation between the getting up in the morning and what is going to take place on that day. Jesus always had a reson to get up while He was here o
October 2, 2011
Intro.: What gets you up in the mornings? Your electronic alarm clock or your internal alarm clock? Is it your spouse, your pet, a pain, or indigestion? Excitement about something in that day?
Mornings can be quite interesting around the Swift house from time to time. You can almost predict what kind of morning each of us are going to have depending on what is happening the next day.
For instance, if it’s just a regular school day, Diana and I know to expect some resistance form the kids about getting them out of bed. But if it’s a field day or some other special event they get up on the first call and sometimes before. Most are aware that there is a direct correlation between the getting up in the morning and what is going to take place on that day.
Almost a month ago I was reading in the Gospel of Mark when I came to chapter 10 and read these words about our Lord, “Getting up, He went from there to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan; crowds gathered around Him again, and, according to His custom, He once more began to teach them.” Mark 10:1 PRAYER
This morning as we gather in this worship center and around God’s precious Word, I want to share with you a message entitled, “Getting Up.” I want to look at three different statements that describe our Lord and how we can use them in our own lives.
I. Getting Up – the Will, Plan, Calling
A. Look with me in the first chapter that describes Jesus’ going –
1. “Jesus came from Nazareth” 1:9.
2. “In the wilderness” 1:12
3. “Jesus came into Galilee” 1:14
4. “As He was going along by the Sea of Galilee 1:16
5. “Going on a little further” 1:19
6. “They went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue.” 1:21
7. “And immediately after they came out of the synagogue, they came into the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John.” 1:29
8. “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there.” 1:35
9. “Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, so that I may preach there also; for that is what I came for.” 1:38
10. “And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee” 1:39
B. You can almost trace the days and hours in Jesus’ life from this chapter.
1. As you do, you get a good picture that for Jesus He didn’t waste any time.
2. He didn’t delay getting up in the morning and going through his day.
3. He was always on the move fulfilling his purpose.
4. He never allowed any grass to grow under His feet.
5. Jesus had only three years on this earth to formally complete the work of His Father.
6. That’s 36 months, 1095 days, 26,280 hours.
C. Jesus obviously had a calling, He had a purpose, He had a plan.
1. The key – it found in Jesus’ own summary of His life.
2. “I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4
3. “Having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4
4. Getting up and doing the will of our Father is not a dictation of the calendar it is a submission of the will.
5. Believers are not mandated by a calendar to do God’s will we are make it a lifestyle of submission.
D. In Jesus’ prayer passage from John He knew that His time was about to come, He knew the hour was almost before Him.
1. Throughout Jesus’ entire ministry He had pointed toward the “hour” when His Father would be glorified.
2. There was always the consciousness that He operated according to a divine calendar not human calendar.
3. Even though the cross had not yet occurred, His obedient submission to the will of His Father throughout His lifetime was about to be expressed in its fullest.
4. I submit to you this morning that Jesus “got up” because He had surrendered His life to doing His Father’s will.
5. Did He want to quit or give up? Sure He did.
6. “All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36
E. Three Reasons I Don’t Get Up -- (Parenthetically)
1. I don’t know where to go – taking a trip with no definite destination? Absence of a direction.
2. I don’t know how to get there – by car, boat, or airplane. Two-lane highway or the interstate.