There comes a point in our lives when we face mounting difficulties and challenges. At these times, there may be an instance wherein we may have asked: What would have Jesus Christ done in this situation? It’s a good question indeed. It can also be considered one of the several questions of faith we ask in life, but this question can mean a good thing for our faith. It shows that we are hanging on to our faith by contemplating and trying to see things as Jesus would have seen.
Being Christians, we are taught to follow Jesus as our model in life. We should follow His ways and examples. Sometimes, the task of following Jesus’ footsteps can be very hard as we stumble along the way and the path is filled with challenges and difficulties. Looking through the bible, we may sometimes wonder what priorities Jesus had that affected His decisions. As the season of Lent draws near, we should revisit the stories of the life of Jesus Christ and find out for ourselves what these priorities are. I am no theologian, pastor, priest or deacon, but I believe every Christian should at least get to know the life of Jesus and His wonderful works and ministry.
Jesus connected with the Father
Jesus showed us a strong relationship with God by connecting with Him constantly in prayer. Many times (I have lost count how many exactly) in the bible gospels tell us that Jesus always found time to pray. Jesus life and ministry never failed to include prayer. Jesus Christ may have been busy throughout His ministry as He travelled from place to place. Each day was filled with missions and travels around Israel and would have left Him exhausted, but still He never fails to communicate with God through prayer.
Jesus heals the sick, the broken and the outcasts
Jesus showed us the love of God and His healing grace by accepting the castaways of society and healing not only physical but also spiritual illnesses. Jesus readily accepted outcasts and refused audience with lawmakers and priests. This provoked great disdain from the religious organization. Knowing this, Jesus was all the more undeterred in embracing the sinful and sickly, the disregarded and the stigmatized.
John 8 offers us a good example. Jesus went to the Mount of Olives to teach people in the temple. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. She was made to stand in front of Jesus Christ and the crowd. The lawyers and the Pharisees asked Jesus a trick question about the law to implicate Him (v. 3–6). Based on the law back in those days, adultery is punishable with stoning. Jesus triumphantly turned the tables around for those who plotted against Him and showed mercy to the woman by saying “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (v. 7).
Jesus opposed hypocrisy and false religion
Jesus showed the will God by openly opposing false religion. He openly opposed hypocrisy in religion (Matt. 23:13–39), and earned the ire of the religious opposition who plotted His execution. Jesus also rebuked religious people who warped the true teachings of God with their manmade traditions (Matt. 19:3-8, Luke 13:10-17). Jesus also showed us that He doesn’t hold back in anger when He cleansed the temple because people were using God’s house as a marketplace (Luke 19:45-46).
Jesus taught God’s Word and served
Jesus always found opportunity to teach as many people as He can in His travels. He always helped people discover his Father. He lived in truthfulness and preached the truth, a perfect expression of God’s character (John 1:14).
Even though Jesus was the Word made flesh (John 14:6), Jesus often directed people back to God’s written Word. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, a religious expert asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What is written in the Law?” (Luke 10:25-28).
Jesus made sure that with spreading and teaching God’s word also come His service. In Jesus’ life and ministry, His service is all about sacrifice: He put the needs of others above His own. Even at the last supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and wiped them with His towel (John 13:2-17). Jesus’ life of service ended at the cross, where His greatest service as the Son of Man is to die and pay our debt of sin (Matt. 20:28).
Jesus ensured continuity by training leaders
Finally, Jesus manifested God’s will and character by training and equipping leaders who continued His mission and changed the world after His departure. Jesus also considered the future of His ministry by ensuring continuity through investing in leaders of tomorrow (Matt. 10:1-4).
Truly, there is so much to learn from every aspect of Jesus’ life. When we have doubts about our faith and are facing overwhelming difficulties, we should let the ways of Jesus become our moral compass and source of inner strength. With Jesus as the way, the truth and the life, there can be no problem too great for us to handle in Jesus name.