Rejoice: Jesus is our Jubilee
When Jesus started His earthly ministry around age 30, He stood up in his hometown synagogue in Nazareth and shared with his longtime family and friends that He was the anointed Messiah who was coming to rescue the world. No matter what, Jesus was determined to complete His mission. What does this teach us about our personal mission as we follow in Jesus’ footsteps? We all must ask this question regularly:
- Do I bring a healing hope to the lost, addicted, and oppressed?
WALK against the CROWD
Jesus had many different “crowd” reactions to His mission. One day the crowd loved Him, then the next day the same crowd hated Him. And finally, the crowd killed Him. Jesus teaches us an important truth about how to accomplish our mission:
- Do I have the courage to follow Christ’s mission for me instead of the crowd?
1. Have you ever had to stand alone for a truth you believed in? Or, have you ever given in to the pressure of a group just to fit in and be accepted? Share about your experience.
2. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18). Also, read Acts 26:18. In what ways does Satan keep people blindly lost? Have you ever daily prayed for a lost loved one to see the light in order to be saved?
3. Read about how the crowds treated Jesus: Passover crowd yelled “Crucify Him” (Matthew 27:20-25); crowd walked away because they wouldn’t accept hard teachings (John 6:60-66); Nazareth tried to kill Him (Luke 4:28-30); large crowd followed Him (Mark 5:24); the crowds increased (Luke 11:29); great crowd yelled “save us” (John 12:12-13). What does this teach us about the fickleness of a crowd?
Applying the Word to Life
4. How will you live out God’s mission for you in a world that is politically correct? The fickleness of what is right one day and what is wrong another day should teach us to stand firm in our beliefs. What will you do to show God that you are committed to following Him?
5. Jesus was the great healer. Would you consider yourself a healer? When is the last time you have helped a lost person see the truth of Christ? When have you helped someone who is in a prison of addiction? When have you fought for the unborn or a trafficked person? Don’t be overwhelmed by these questions: start with one act…today.