MAJ-4 - The Convictions of Christ
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MORE ABOUT JESUS
One of the great convictions Jesus had was the need to follow the
Father’s teaching. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to
me ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will
of my Father.
We welcome you today to our series of lessons ‘More About Jesus.’
Today we’re specifically thinking about some of the convictions of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ.
All of us have convictions. If we have a family, we’re probably
convicted about making sure that our family is taken care of. We’re
convicted in our nation today about things like freedom, democracy, and
free speech. Those things are very important. We have convictions. We
hold those near and dear to our heart, and they’re a vital part of who we
Friend as we think and as we study ‘More About Jesus,’ let's turn our
attention to some of the things that the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was
indeed convicted about.
First when I look to Christ’s life I learn that Jesus was convinced, He
was convicted about how to be greatest in the kingdom. Matthew 5:19, it
wasn't by wearing the religious garb and saying the things that many of the
Pharisees said. It wasn't by having the chief seat at the tabernacle or at the
synagogue and sitting in Moses seat. Rather, Jesus was convicted that if
you were going to be first, you need to be servant of all. Mark 10 certain
people among Jesus’ disciples, James and John and certain others, began
to bicker and complain about who's going to be first, and so much so that
their mother in essence asked if they can have a seat on the right hand and
on the left of Jesus. ‘Can we have the chief seats when you come into your
kingdom?’ They still don't get the kingdom with her wanting that. Jesus
says, ‘Whoever wants to be first shall be last. Whoever wants to be first be
servant of all. The last to be first, the first shall be last. He who wants to be
greatest let him be least of all.’ Now that's kind of an oxymoron, a paradox,
a truth standing on its head to be noticed. How can I be first, how can I be
greatest by being last or being least?
You become great in the Lord's kingdom and in Christ’s mind by
making yourself a servant. How is that? Because that's exactly what Jesus
did. That's exactly what God wants us to do. Mark 10:45 the Scripture
records, “The Son of Man came not to be served even though He had
every right the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give
His life a ransom for many.”
As we think about this conviction and really wanting to be last, really
want to be a servant, let's make practical application to that. What does
that mean? Do you remember the two greatest commandments of the Old
Testament? ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul,
mind, and strength.’ I want to be a type of person who wants to be great in
the kingdom by serving God. I want to ask the question just as the young
Samuel asked, ‘Here am I, what would you have me to do? Speak Lord
your servant hears, Here am I send me.’ Or as Saul asked, ‘Lord what
would you have me to do?’ I want to have a servant mindset.
But then not just as it relates to God, as it relates to others. Do you
remember the second command? First is, ‘You shall love the Lord your
God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.’ What's the second? ‘You
shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Friend the person who's really going
to be great is the person who goes out and serves other people. How are
we helping others? How are we doing good to them? Are we really taking
care of the sick and the afflicted, widows and orphans, and those in need?
James 1:27, ‘Pure and undefiled religion before God the father is this: to
visit the widows and orphans in their affliction keep oneself unspotted from
the world.’ Are we doing good to all men, especially the household faith?
Galatians 6:10, those who are poor, sick, needy. Are we looking for ways to
serve? And more importantly, are we looking for ways to serve people with
the gospel? That's the greatest service you could ever give is making sure
that people have an opportunity to hear the gospel and become a Christian.
Then we mention another thing that Jesus was indeed convicted of.
Jesus was convicted of people's need to confess Him by their life. Let me
give you a couple of examples. Matthew 10:32-33 Jesus said, “If you won't
confess me before men neither will I confess you before my Father who is
in Heaven, but if you will confess me before men I'll also confess you
before my Father who is Heaven.” Is Jesus just talking about mouthing the
words ‘I believe in Christ’? No, that’s not the idea; the Bible teaches that's
not the idea. Matthew 7:21 the Scripture records, “Not everybody that just
looks up in Heaven and says ‘Lord, Lord.’” What does it mean then to really
confess Him? Doing that by not just my words, that's important but by my
life. Let me give you an example. Jesus said as He taught His disciples
how to really follow Him, in Luke 9:23 Jesus said, “If any man desires come
after me let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
That’s what it means to follow Christ: Deny self. Life’s no longer about me
and you. Paul said, “I've been crucified with Christ no longer I who live,”
Galatians 2:20. Romans 12:1-2 Paul said to Christians, “I beg you by the
mercies of God present your bodies a living sacrifice.” And so, I'm to deny
self. “As many of us as were baptized into Christ, we’ve been clothed with
Christ,” Galatians 3:27. The Scripture teaches it is no longer about me and
you. Deny self, take up your cross daily, and follow Him.
Christianity, my life as a Christian, is a daily confession that I believe
in Christ and that I'm trying to follow Him. Acts 4:13, Peter and John have
been put on trial and have been brought before the Council. They have
been asked, ‘By what power do you do these things?’ They respond by
saying, Acts 4, ‘In the name of Christ, the only power there is. He's the
chief cornerstone you left out of your spiritual superstructure,’ in essence.
Then in Acts 4:12 they respond by saying, ‘nor is there salvation in any
other name. No other name under Heaven given among men, by which we
must be saved.’ Now as you think about those words that leads right in
verse 13 listen to this. The Bible says, “When they realized they were
uneducated and untrained men, they marveled,’ and listen this, ‘and then
says the light bulb comes on, they realized they had been with Jesus.’
Friend I’ll ask you to consider: Did Peter and John confess Christ by
their life? You bet they did! They stood up in the face of pressure and
persecution. They're going to later be beaten for speaking in the name of
Jesus. They stood up, and by their life, by the words, and by their actions,
they daily confess Jesus as the son of God. Friend that's what Christ is
convicted about. Christ doesn't want me and you to claim to be a Christian
only. He's not looking for people just to fill a pew. He's not looking for
people who can wear a cross. He's not looking for people who can just go
out and do religious things that the world sees as religious. He's looking for
people who will live for Him 100% each and every day. That's what it really
means to confess Jesus as the Christ. My life and yours is a constant
continual confession. We really believe in Christ, because of the things we
live, do, and say in this life.
As you think about some of things Christ was convicted of, Jesus
was convicted on how to be a part of the family of God. I want you notice
the words of Matthew 12 as Jesus speaks about this great conviction. I
want you to notice what He says in Matthew 12:50. Listen to these words.
The Scripture records, “For whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven
is my brother and sister and mother.” Now the context is some had come to
Jesus. They said, ‘Your family’s calling for you, don't you want to go out
and see them?’ Jesus said wait a minute, ‘whoever is doing the will of God,
that's My family.’ Jesus was convicted and knew how to be a part of God's
family. How is that? By doing the will of God.
Friend it isn't just enough to claim to be a Christian. It isn't just
enough to maybe do some things that Christians should do. You have to do
the will of the Father. Remember Luke 6:46? Jesus asked, “Why do you
call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do the things which I say?” Hebrews 5:8-9
“Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.” As you think
about this idea of needing to follow Christ, obey Him, and do His will we
need to be reminded that Christ wants us to keep His commandments. Do
you remember John 14:15? “If you love me,” here's the condition, “keep my
commandments.” Are we saying we earn it? No, I don’t earn it. I would
never be good enough to earn it. Luke 17:10 says, “In you when you’ve
done all those things commanded to you say, ‘I'm an unprofitable servant.
I've only done that which is my duty to do.’” If we’re saved it will be only by
the grace of God. No doubt must we do what God ask of us. Friend that's
how you become a part of the family of God, by following the Father, by
living a life that honors the Son, and by really doing what God wants you to
Here's an interesting conviction Christ had that is so unique to what
many think of in this life. Jesus knew how to save your life. A lot of people
lives go about looking for saving certain things. They look for ways to save
life from disease or sickness or whatever it may be. Jesus knew how to say
one's life, and it is so backwards to what so many people to think. Jesus
said, “Whoever desires to save his life will lose it, whoever loses his life for
My sake and for the kingdom will save it or find it.”
How do you save your life? Lose it. What? That doesn’t make any
sense at all. You can't save a dollar by losing a dollar. Wait a minute now,
we’re not talking about money, finances, and things like that. We’re talking
really about focus, and we’re talking about service. You save your life by
losing it. Losing it to yourself, and letting it be found in service to the Savior.
Friend if I'm really going to save my life, it's got to be about something more
than me. That's what obeying the gospel is all about. Do you remember 1
Corinthians 6:19-20? The Bible says, “Do you not know that your body is a
temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God,” listen
now, “and you are not your own.” What do you mean I’m not my own?
“You’re bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and your spirit
which are His.” Save your life by losing it, by becoming a Christian, by living
for Christ, by having a new focus, by having a new goal, by having new
priorities, and by living a life of selflessness to serve others. That’s where
you really save your life.
If my life is all about me, and it's all about selfishness, am I ever really
going to be happy? Let's say that my goal in life is to just live out the
pleasures to the fullest. I go from one pleasure to another pleasure to
another pleasure that is going to get old real quick. If your life's about
money and you can amass all the money in the world, would you be
happy? True saving of one's life is found in losing it in Christ. It’s being
consumed and overwhelmed by the teaching of Christ and His life. That's
how you really save your life, and in so doing that you find life. How do you
know? Revelation 2:10 Jesus said, “Be faithful unto death, I'll give you the
crown of life.” Losing your life, you find it in eternal life in Christ Jesus our
Jesus also was convicted on a truth that seems so unusual to many
but again is a powerful truth. Jesus knew the secret how to never thirst or
hunger again. John 4, I want you to listen to what Jesus had to say about
never thirsting or never hungering again. He said these words as he taught
some about following Him. John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to the
one at the well, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, the water of
the well, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never
thirst, but the waters I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water
springing up into everlasting life.” Jesus basically said the same thing about
food in John 6. ‘If you're trying to follow food, you’ll never really be satisfied.
I am the bread of life, come drink and eat of me, in essence, and you'll
never hunger or thirst again.’
What’s Jesus talking about? Finding true satisfaction, fulfillment, and
completion in something other than the fleshly. Have a good cold glass of
water, what happens 3...4...5 hours later? Thirsty all over again! You eat a
good hearty breakfast, what happens about lunchtime? Well the dinner bell
begins to ring, and I get hungry. In the physical sense, water and food are
an ongoing cycle day-to-day. We’re always looking for more fulfillment,
completion, and those ideas never fully, completely satisfied for a
prolonged period of time.
What about in the spiritual sense? Friend did you know and do you
realize that Christ can give absolute and complete satisfaction? As Paul
thought about the cares of this world, and as he thought about some of the
things in life that often we get caught up in, Paul said “I've learned to be
content in whatever state I’m in.” How could Paul find that satisfaction?
Only in Christ. Philippians 3 Paul would say that he had tried everything.
He had the greatest teaching, greatest Jewish background, and he said, “I
count all that is garbage compared to what I found in Christ.” Regardless of
what we’re chasing in this life: pleasure, lust, desire, money, a better job, a
bigger home, did you know you'll never really find happiness in those things
Let me give you a case example. Think of the wisest fool to ever live
in the Bible, given wisdom on high by God and he squandered it. His name
is Solomon. Solomon tried everything in the book Ecclesiastes. He's trying
to find real happiness and meaning in life. He did that in building things,
projects. What’d he say? ‘It is vanity, trying to catch the wind.’ And he did it
in power. What’d he say? ‘Trying to catch the wind.’ In wealth, money,
women, and in wine and he said, ‘All of that was vanity and grasping after
Well Solomon did you ever find anything that gave you real
satisfaction? Let's hear the conclusion of the whole matter. What's life all
about? Where’s meaning at? Where’s purpose? “Fear God, keep His
commandments,” listen now, “this is the whole duty of man.” Why? ‘God
will bring every work into judgment including every secret thing whether
good or evil.’ So many people are chasing things in life that aren’t the
meaning of life. You cannot find fulfillment if we’re striving after things
which will not lead us to the real goal of life. “Fear God, keep His
commandments,” that's the true essence and meaning of life. If we can be
complete in Christ, and Colossians 1 and 2 tells us we can. Friend I can
find peace beyond measure. Peace that passes all understanding by
simply being a Christian, living for Christ, and striving to follow Him every
Now we also mention this and this is again kind of different than the
way the world thinks, Jesus was convicted on how to live a life which would
lead to never die. How can you live a life where you never die? If the
medical world could find that secret, wouldn’t the world be different. We’re
not really talking about a physical sense. I want you listen to the words of
John 11 and I want you notice what Jesus says after the resurrection of
Lazarus. Jesus says this in John 11:25-26, Jesus said to Martha Lazarus’
sister “I am the resurrection and the life he who believes in me though he
may die he shall live,” and listen this, “and whoever lives and believes in
me shall never die. Do you believe this?” Can you imagine Jesus being
convicted of such a powerful thing? Jesus said, ‘If you really live and
believe in Me, you will never die.’ Wait a minute. Jesus can’t be talking in a
physical sense for Lazarus just died and He raised him. Jesus died. Others
in Christ died. What are we talking about? If you live and believe in Jesus,
you will never die.
Friend life is not found in bringing oxygen into your lungs. Life is not
really found in the nutrients that your body has to have to survive
day-to-day. The essence of life is Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 14:6,
“I'm the way, the truth,” listen now, “the life no man comes the father except
by Me.” If I'm living for Christ, if I'm living in Christ, if I'm in the safety,
shelter, and hope of Christ, what's dying? Dying is not the worst thing. Did
you know that for the child of God dying is the best absolute thing that
could ever happen to them? How do we know that? The Scripture records
for us, that's our hope, ‘blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.’
Revelation 14:13 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His
saints.” If we really believe Heaven is real and going to last forever and that
we can go there, then you can't get to Heaven without dying first.
Friend you don’t ever really die. If we have the promise of eternal life
death is only that next step to life itself. So what a wonderful thought! Jesus
told us about knowing how to live without dying in this life.
Here are some other things Jesus was convinced of Jesus was
convicted of the need to hear God's word. Listen to the statement that is
made multiple times in Revelation 2 and 3. To the 7 churches in Asia, 7
congregations of the Lord's church in Asia, Revelation 2 and 3 sometimes
at the beginning and at the close, Jesus will say “To him that has ears to
hear let him hear.” Mark 4:24, ‘take heed how you hear.’ Luke 4 ‘take
heed what you hear.’ Jesus emphasized over and over again and was
convicted of the need to hear God's word.
Now I want you to think about that little refrain in every one of the
letters to the 7 congregations, ‘to him that has ears to hear let him hear.’
What's Jesus saying there? How many people do you know that don't have
ears? What are those ears for? They are for listening. What's God's point? I
gave you ears for the purpose of hearing, use them wisely. Friend in the
book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah to a hardhearted, impenitent nation cried out
“Oh earth earth earth hear the word of the Lord,” Jeremiah 22:29. They
didn’t hear. They wouldn’t listen. What happened? They suffered the
consequences in destruction and captivity. When we stop listening to God
and start listening to other things, we’re living a life that is filled with despair
and hopelessness. We've got to continue to listen actively. We want to
know the will of God, to have the heart like that of Saul, like that of Isaiah,
like that of Samuel, ‘Speak Lord your servant hears.’ We should want to do
and follow the will of Almighty God and need to submit to Him in this life.
Let’s mention one other thing Jesus was convicted of. Jesus was
convicted of the all-inclusive and wonderful nature of eternal life. I want you
listen to Matthew 11 and the great invitation that Jesus gives. Listen to the
words of Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, “Come to me all you who labor and
are heavy laden, I will give you rest take my yoke upon you and learn of
me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls,
for my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” We talk about the all-inclusive
nature in the sense that, God wants all men to be saved and come to a
knowledge truth. “Let whosoever will come and drink freely of the water of
life,” Revelation 22:10 and following. God wants all men to repent, 2 Peter
3:9. He wants all of us to be saved and have eternal life.
Friend as we think about these convictions and as these convictions
are very near and dear to our heart as well, we want you to know that one
thing that Christians desire, the one thing that at the gospel of Christ
evangelistic work we want more than anything is for people to be saved. If
God wants all men to be saved and know the truth, then I'll assure you
that's what we strive for as well. We want to help people know God, and to
be saved, and to come to take of that great invitation “Let whosoever will
come.” “Come unto me all ye that labor heavy laden.”
How many in this life feel the burden of sin? Psalm 38:4 the psalmist
said, “My sins have gone over my head like a heavy burden. They're too
heavy for me to bear.”
Do you bear the burden of sin? Do you bear it alone? Do you feel the
sting of sin? The agony, the anguish of it? Why not let Jesus lift that
burden? Why not let Him help remove that yoke? Take His yoke upon you
remove the burden of sin and have the hope of eternal life.
Someone maybe thinking, ‘How do I do just that? How does one
become a child of God?’
Friend you've got to hear the words of the Bible. “Faith comes by
hearing and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17. I know faith is
essential for the Hebrews writer said Hebrews 11:6, ‘without faith it's
impossible please God.’ And so I've got to have faith. Faith comes by
hearing the word of God. And so I first want to turn my attention solely to
the word of God. It doesn't matter what men say. What does the Bible say?
Once I've heard the word of God, I must believe in Jesus. Jesus said
“Unless you believe that I'm He you will surely die in your sins,” John 8:24.
I’ve got to make changes in my mind and in my life. Jesus said to some
who thought they were more righteous than others, “Unless you repent, you
will all likewise perish,” Luke 13:3.
I must make that good confession. “With the heart one believes unto
righteousness, with the mouth confession is made unto salvation,” Romans
And then I must do what the Bible says to be saved. Did you know
Scripture says “Baptism also now saves us”?
Have you obeyed the gospel? Have you become a Christian?
If not, we encourage you to let these convictions be a part of your life.
Obey the gospel.
Join us again as we study ‘More About Jesus.’
Study Questions for: “More About Jesus: Lesson 4”
1. According to Matthew 7:21, who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
2. Why did the Son of Man come according to Mark 10:45?
3. According to James 1:27, what religion is acceptable to God?
4. Who shall we do good to according to Galatians 6:10?
5. If we desire Jesus what must we do according to Luke 9:23?
6. According to Revelation 2:10, how long shall we be faithful?
7. What is the duty of man according to Ecclesiastes?
8. How do we get to the Father according to John 14:6?
9. What is precious in the sight of the Lord according to Revelation 14:13?
10. What did Jeremiah want the nation to do according to Jeremiah 22:29?