The following are notes from a morning of prayer and study. They are the notes pretty much as I wrote them in my notebook with minor editing. Use them as a study guide upon which you can expand as you dialog with God.

 

Jesus – My Example

John Schaenzer

May 11, 2018

 

·        Son of Man: the title Jesus used for Himself

o   Without overthinking this, perhaps Jesus was telling me, and all, that He was operating as a man; completely

o   I have read articles and listened to speakers on the meaning of the term, “Son of Man”, as used by Jesus

§  I’ve seen there are three different classifications of how He used it

§  I’ve seen the comparison/contrast with the title “Son of God”

§  I’m not discounting those studies at all

o   I awoke this morning, and this was on my mind and heart

§  It was as if I received a revelation

§  Not groundbreaking by any means, but it had sunk into my heart

 

·        I have heard it said, and I have often repeated, especially over the past few months, that until a truth, no matter how strongly believed, becomes a revelation in the heart, one does not realize the full power of the truth

o   The truth, when totally revealed, does indeed set one free

o   These I call “aha moments”

§  Sudden realization and magnification of a matter of truth

§  Such was the moment I awoke this morning

 

·        By referring to Himself as Son of Man, I believe, in one aspect anyway, Jesus was demonstrating how I can and ought to operate in this world

o   First, in communion with Father through prayer and fellowship

§  Always developing a greater depth and intimacy in the relationship

o   Second, in communion with Holy Spirit as Jesus submitted Himself to the leading of Holy Spirit in the course of His activities each day

 

·        Over the past couple months, I have been growing in the realization that Jesus did indeed operate only in His humanity from His birth to His resurrection

o   After the resurrection Jesus ascended to the Father and all power was given Him, restoring Him to the majesty He had before the incarnation

o   His operating from His humanity is a truth I have long believed and understood intellectually

§  Now it appears to be a revelation to my spirit

 

·        In general, Jesus is most often referred to as “Son of God” in theology and teaching

o   I believe the idea is to separate Jesus from all other men due to His divinity

o   And this honor is fully right and just

o   Jesus Christ is to be distinguished from, and above, all mankind

o   But, if it stops there, I miss the revelation of the Son of Man

 

·        Jesus is my example

o   I cannot follow His example of being God

§  The Son of God: His position in the godhead

o   I can follow His example of being a man

§  The Son of Man: His actual birth into humanity

o   But what of His conception being of God and not of Joseph?

§  Doesn’t this separate Him from me there?

§  Yes, but no more than it does Adam who was formed from the earth by God and then had the breath of life enter his body

o   There were reasons for the virgin birth

§  Mainly, Jesus was the second Adam, created without the sin nature

·        The only way He could be the perfect sacrifice as my redeemer; my Savior

 

·        Jesus is the perfect example for me in living the life of one who overcomes the world

 

·        He shows me how to approach and relate to Father; Almighty God

o   The prayer life of Jesus is well worth the time to study and contemplate

§  As a new Christian reading scripture, I saw Jesus doing a lot of things and very often praying before, between, and after the events recorded in the gospels

·        My focus was on what He did and said in the stories

§  At some point, most likely an “aha moment”, I had a paradigm shift

§  I now see Jesus as going from point of prayer to point of prayer, and doing things between the times of prayer

·        My focus is now on His relationship with Father; His prayer life

 

·        Jesus would often go off to pray

 

Matthew 14:23a        And after He dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray.

 

·        Jesus began His day in prayer

 

Mark 1:35          And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went to a desolate place, and there He prayed.

 

·        I do not believe these examples to be isolated incidents

 

·        I do belief this was His pattern of behavior

o   Just as it was His custom to attend the synagogue on the Sabbath day

 

Luke 4:16          And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as was His custom, He went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and He stood up to read.

 

o   Just as it was His custom to teach the people

 

Mark 10:1          And He left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to Him again. And again, as was His custom, He taught them

 

o   People were drawn to Him

o   They knew, evidently, that He would take the time to speak to them

 

·        I believe Jesus also prayed at the end of His day

 

Luke 6:12          In these days He went out to the mountain to pray, and all night He continued in prayer to God.

 

·        In these days: plural; a pattern?

o   This was before He chose the twelve whom He named apostles

§  Evidently, the apostles were first His disciples

 

Luke 6:13          And when day came, He called His disciples and chose from them twelve, whom He named apostles:

 

§  He called His disciples: a group

§  He chose from them: a sub-group

§  Twelve: the finite group; the number of governmental authority

o   Perhaps the praying all night wasn’t every day, but, I suspect there was a prayer time every evening

 

·        I suspect the prayer times to be something along these lines

o   Morning: greeting Father and hearing from God; perhaps receiving an assignment for the day

o   During the day: thanksgiving for what had transpired so far; perhaps receiving another assignment

o   Evening: speaking to Father; recapping the day; thanksgiving and concerns realized from the day

 

·        This is a pattern of fellowship with Father that I can copy and live out

 

·        And not only prayer life, but ministry as well

o   Everything He did was by God working through Him; not of His own accord

 

John 5:19          So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son likewise does.”

 

John 5:30          “I can do nothing in my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not My own will but the will of Him who sent Me.”

 

·        So, where did He see and hear these things?

o   I believe it was during His times of prayer

 

·        The Father-Son relationship

o   Strong bonds of intimacy

o   This is the direction I am heading

o   From servant to friend to son

 

Galatians 4:7    So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

 

·        Jesus left His place of majesty in heaven to live the life of man

 

Philippians 2:5-8     Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

 

·        Jesus, the Son of God, became what I could copy, the Son of Man

o   He was born; check, I managed that one

o   He humbled Himself; I am called to humble myself, working on it

 

1 Peter 5:6         Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you.

 

James 4:10       Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.

 

o   How did He humble Himself?

§  By becoming obedient to the point of death

o   I have become somewhat obedient

§  Not perfectly yet

§  Not to the point of death

 

·        Other ways to humble myself before God

o   Confess and acknowledge my sin

o   Patiently endure unfairness, mistreatment, and wrongdoing

o   Submit to authority in all settings

o   Be gracious in receiving correction and admonition

o   Promote others ahead of self

o   Minister to those currently in a lower state than I am in; serving others

 

Hebrews 12:4   In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

 

o   But am I willing to?

o   Will I be an overcomer?

 

Revelation 12:11       And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.

 

o   Am I willing to follow Jesus, Son of Man, even unto death?

o   I must crucify myself daily to love not my life

§  This is the only way to truly follow Jesus

·        The only way to become an overcomer

 

Luke 9:23          And He said to all, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it.”

 

Luke 14:27        “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”

 

Luke 14:33        “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.”

 

·        To be a disciple of Jesus, I truly cannot care for myself

o   Even to care for my body is for the sake of God, not me

 

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

 

1 Peter 2:4-6     As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For it stands in scripture: “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in Him will not be out to shame.”

 

Romans 12:4-5 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

 

·        Whether a temple, a living stone, or a part of the body of Christ, I am not my own

o   I am Christ’s: commanded to love God

o   I am the body’s: commanded to love one another

o   I am His, and I am called to be like Him

§  I am instructed to purify myself

 

1 John 3:2-3     Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when He appears we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself as He is pure.

 

·        With all that said, I strive to be like Christ; Jesus, my example

 

·        I also pray and long for the fulfillment in my life of these “you will” verses in the Gospel According to John

o   For then I will know that I am doing what I see the Father doing and I am saying what I hear the Father saying

 

John 14:12-14   “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

 

John 15:7-8       “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”

 

John 15:16         “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you.”

 

John 16:23        “In that day you will ask nothing of Me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in My name, He will give it to you.”

 

John 16:26-27  ‘In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came from God.”

 

·        What is my fruit that should abide?

o   Is it souls saved as is commonly taught in the churches?

o   Does that mesh with:

§  “and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give it to you.”

o   No: my fruit that abides is my obedience in love

§  I will then go and make disciples

§  Souls will then be saved

 

·        Father, I ask you in the name of Jesus Christ, that the things of ministry and loving others that have been spoken over my life, that are truly from you, would come to pass quickly. If that is not to be today, if I need further preparation, if I need to wait on your timing, then so be it. Until such day I shall strive to refine and purify myself, to my ability, as best I can, and to walk in obedience in love.