But being aware of this, Jesus went away from there. And many people joined and accompanied Him, and He cured all of them, And strictly charged them and sharply warned them not to make Him publicly known. This was in fulfillment of what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, Behold, My Servant Whom I have chosen, My Beloved in and with Whom My soul is well pleased and has found its delight. I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall proclaim and show forth justice to the nations. He will not strive or wrangle or cry out loudly; nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets….
Matthew 12:15-19 AMP
Father, another day You bless me with life, resources and opportunity. Thank You. Thank You for the gift of Your Word, as It both guides and comforts me. Thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ, because He shows me the way to You. I’m humbly grateful for all that You have done, are doing, and will do for me. Today I take my next step forward in my attempt to be the servant that You need me to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Jesus told people that he healed to not tell others that he was the one that healed them. I used to wonder why, but as I became a more enlightened student of the Word it became clear. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus’s coming and how he would live and be (as God intended), and Jesus was always making sure that he adhered to those prophesies.
To be as God intended him to be meant that he wasn’t to brag and boast, self-promote, stand elevated above crowds on his ‘soapbox’ preaching loudly. God intended for Jesus to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, cleanse lepers, and spread the Word—to build God’s Kingdom through faith that came from good deeds.
Jesus wanted people to turn to and be faithful to God, his Father, our Father. Jesus wasn’t recruiting people for his own selfish gains. Jesus wasn’t building up an entourage to serve him and his desires. Jesus taught disciples so that they could do God’s Work, share His love, and bring people in to God’s Kingdom. It wasn’t for the purpose of building a congregation to adore and praise him.
Jesus knew that he was charged to be the way, the guide, to God, but he never took that to mean that he was equal to God. He never let his role, position, and title get to his head. Had he, he would have made it crystal clear who he was and Who sent him. He would’ve told the Pharisees and others who plotted against him, “I’m the son of God who sent me to redeem your souls, ” but he didn’t—because that was not God’s plan for him. That is not what Isaiah prophesied.
Jesus was 100 percent obedient. Imagine yourself with that level of commitment and obedience. When God tells you to turn left, you don’t question Him, you simply turn left. When God tells you not to eat the fruit, you don’t question Him, you simply don’t eat the fruit. When God tells you not to cross the line and become intimate with another person, you don’t question if that’s really God’s voice, you simply refrain from intimacy with the other person. You are obedient 100 percent of the time. Imagine that.
Jesus left some super huge footprints. You don’t have to try and fill them, just follow them.
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s message?
3. What would you say to Jesus if you had been a follower of his during his time?
4. What has been your biggest obstacle when trying to follow Jesus’ footprints?
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