In this year of Knowing God and Knowing Others, we have focused on knowing God Our Father. Now, we are focusing on knowing Jesus Our Lord. Our God is one God in three persons—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand the person and work of each member of the Godhead—and in understanding, that we embrace and engage in knowing each member particularly and powerfully.
Jesus, the man, our Lord, Savior and King must be known, loved and imitated in every way if we are to influence and impact the world the way He did. The divine Christ that is high and lifted up, seated at the right hand of the Father, is the One we bow to and yield to as our example and our life-giver to represent Him well in a worthy manner in our world. The Apostle Paul tells us that we must know Him in His humanity, divinity and royalty. He says that we are called to fellowship with and be joined to Him in His life, death, resurrection, ascension and glorification (Phil. 3:7-11; 2:5-11).
This week, we are talking about our Lord In His Humanity. Jesus was fully God and fully man. As such, He gives us a pattern to follow and a path to walk. He calls and compels us to observe His way of life and obey His walk in life. Knowing Jesus in His humanity is an exercise in and expression of imitation, instruction and impartation. In His life, Jesus left us a path and pattern that is to be followed fully and faithfully.
Our Lord Lived A Life Of Submission Jesus our Lord submitted to the will of God our Father in everything at all times. He came to earth, according to the will of the Father, to become the sinless sacrifice for the sins of fallen mankind. He did whatever the Father was doing—He said whatever the Father was saying—He submitted Himself to divine authority as the divinely anointed One. In order to know the submitted Lord, we must submit to His lordship in every detail of life. He, and He alone understands the purpose of submission to divine authority and the power it produces. Pray that we would clearly discern what it looks like to live a life of total submission to the absolute authority of Jesus our Lord.
Our Lord Lived A Life Of Selflessness The essence of divine love is selflessness—a complete commitment to sacrifice anything and everything for the sake of another. This is what Jesus has done for us, is doing for us and will continue to do for us forever. This is what we must do, by His love and grace, for everyone who is in our lives. A life poured out in selflessness is a life put forth in sacrificial service to others—this is our call—this is our cause—this is our commission. Selfishness only produces harm—selflessness produces help, healing and health for everyone it touches. Pray that every area of selfishness would be exposed that every area of selflessness could be expressed.
Our Lord Lived A Life Of Suffering Jesus came to earth to engage, embrace and enter into the suffering of those He created. He suffered every indignity, infirmity and injustice to fully identify with the human condition. He suffered, not merely as a martyr, but as the Messiah who would show that suffering for the sake of righteousness was the path to purpose, purity and power. The sufferings of the Lord present to us a model for living and a method for liberation—the realization that suffering for what is right will produce a glorious freedom that nothing else can produce. Simply put—suffering is not suffocation—it is sanctification of the highest order. Pray that we would have a fresh revelation of what it means to fellowship with Jesus our Lord in His sufferings, and the grace and growth that it brings.
Remember: The life that our Lord lived while on earth is a path and a pattern to be followed fully and faithfully. To know Him is to imitate His way of life and His walk in life, always in full submission to His divine authority and dependence on His divine anointing.