Summary: God wants us to live like Jesus lived: 1. See what Jesus sees (vs. 35-36) 2. Feel what Jesus feels (vs. 36) 3. Pray like Jesus prayed (vs. 37-38)
Live Like Jesus
Sermon by Rick Crandall
Grayson Baptist Church - Feb. 19, 2017
*Probably 50 people have told me that our grandson John Luke looks like me, but I never really saw it until Becky sent us this side by side picture last November. There is definitely a family resemblance, and Christians we will, we must have a family resemblance with God.
*God wants us to resemble our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, both with our hands, and our hearts, with our attitudes, and our actions.
*On the night before He went to the cross, Jesus washed His disciples' feet. John 13:12-15 tells us that then Jesus sat down and said:
12. . . "Do you know what I have done to you?
13. You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.
14. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
15. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you."
*Just a few moments later, Jesus said:
34. "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.''
*God wants us to do what Jesus did.
-God wants us to love like Jesus loved.
-God wants us to live like Jesus lived.
1. And in today's Scripture this means we should see what Jesus sees.
*God wants us to see like our Savior saw in vs. 35-37:
35. Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.
37. Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few."
*Jesus saw the multitudes, but what did He really see? -- In vs. 35, He saw hurting people, people who needed help, people who needed Him. Then in vs. 36, Jesus saw people who were "weary" or "fainted" in the KJV. They were weary, exhausted, worn out and despondent. The root-word picture is something melting or dissolving.
*In vs. 36, Jesus also saw people scattered, like sheep without a shepherd. The word picture for "scattered" is sudden motion. It's talking about people suddenly tossed around and thrown to the ground by a heartless and powerful enemy.
*One author said: "Jesus saw people led in all the wrong directions by blind guides . . . Jesus saw people without Him, sheep without a shepherd, people with no protection from the powers of hell, people with no protection, and no real direction in life." (1)
*What did Jesus see? -- In vs. 37, Jesus saw people as a great harvest. Brett Blair explained that this great harvest is made up of "men, women and children of every age and nation. These people are the most important fruit of the earth, and someone is eventually going to reap this harvest.
*To put it in the simplest terms, people are going to be won either for good or for evil. They are going to live in darkness, or they are going to be brought to the light. They will come to see the greatness of living with God, or they will live under the reign of the devil.
*People will live out their days in the heights of hope and faith and fulfillment, or they will feel smothered in the depths of despair and frustration. To put it in the barest terms, the harvest of mankind is a matter of heaven or hell." (2)
*That's why God wants us to see what Jesus sees, and nobody has seen much better than Lottie Moon. "Lottie" was a nickname for Charlotte Moon, and our Christmas Offering for International Missions is named after her.
*Lottie Moon was only 4' 3" tall! But she was a giant in serving the Lord. Born in 1840, Lottie grew up in an old Virginia family. Mom was a devout believer who read the Bible to Lottie. There was no church nearby, so Mrs. Moon held services every Sunday for family, neighbors, and servants. As a little girl, Lottie loved God's Word and missionary stories, but she didn't receive Christ as her Savior. And as she got older, Lottie went through a time of rebellion.
*She shined in school, and was one of the first southern women to earn a Master's Degree. But Lottie was pretty ungodly in her college years. She refused to go to church, and she liked to play tricks on people.