Can you really outdo Jesus?
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Can you really outdo Jesus?
Welcome to finally alive radio I’m your host Gary Aris your very own Christian counselor. I wanted to start off with what something that I hear often. Many people I don’t know I guess they complain about this or at least they bring it up and what I hear is the question of does God does Jesus really understand me how can he really understand me? How can I even relate to me my problems in my life? How in the world is he going to understand me? So I figured let’s start with that that’s a great question. I hear it all the time. So we’re going to go start off with John chapter one and I want to talk about Jesus. I want you to see how different Christ is than any other God. So I figured that would be a great place to start. We can talk about Jesus and we can see if you can actually even understand you so we’re going to go to John chapter 1 and we’ll start there. It’s a great place to start. I love the book of John it’s it’s a very easy simple book there’s actually four Gospels. Matthew Mark Luke and John. I would say that this is perhaps the more simpler one so if you’re going to start anywhere start with John. So John chapter 1 verse 1 says in the beginning was the word and the Word was with God and the Word was a God. Verse 2 says he was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him and apart from him nothing came into being that has come into being. That sounds very godly right that sounds like that is a God for sure. Verse 4 says in him was life and the life was the light of men the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it. So you can see this contrast of good and evil or God versus the devil in verse 5. So here is God so we’re gonna go to verse 14 in verse 14 says and the word remember the word and it started off with in the beginning was the word we’re talking about that same quote-unquote word and the word became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw his glory as of the only begotten from the father full of grace and truth. In a nutshell there that just described Jesus as being god so Jesus is not definitely God but wait a minute. Wasn’t he on earth? Yeah verse 14 tells you the word became flesh so what that means is Jesus though he is a god he is also just enough man he’s just enough human to be able to feel be able to relate to be able to bleed. Keep those things in mind wearing go to Luke chapter 2 verse 6. This is Jesus’s birth and I think the way or the place he’s actually born is pretty interesting so let’s see if you can relate to this. Verse 6 says while they were there the days were completed for her to give birth so this is Mary Jesus’s mother verse 7 says and she gave birth to her firstborn son and she wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger. Now I don’t know if you can relate to that but a manger is what you put it’s a trough. You put the food for the animals in this trough and this is jesus’s crib so jesus doesn’t get a crib he gets a manger. I don’t know if that was your experience the rest of the verse says because there was no room for them in the end. I wonder if you can relate to that do you ever or have you ever felt like there was no room for you? Did you ever feel like maybe you weren’t a part of something maybe that you know there’s no room for you there’s no room for you here. Ever heard of something like that ever felt that? Jesus starts off like that. He starts off not even in the house not it not in a in a mansion this is as low as it gets right here. Oh by the way this is the King of Kings right if you know the story Jesus is supposed to be the King of Kings and here he’s born in a manger. So talk about humble beginnings. Matthew chapter 4 verse 1 says then Jesus was led up by the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Speaking of temptation have you ever felt tempted clearly. Jesus has been tempted. It says it. Literally says it. If you have been tempted by Satan if you feel like Satan has been picking on you talk about temptation well Jesus has too. He experienced it. And let’s take a look at some of the temptations here. Verse 2 says and after he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights he then became hungry and the tempter came and said to him if you’re the Son of God command that these Stones become bread. That is the best way to try to tempt someone right if he’s hungry what would you tempt him with? The basic necessities of life. I don’t know if you’ve gone through that kind of hell on earth if I may. Not just the temptation part did you grow up in a lifestyle that wasn’t pretty perhaps you grew up poor or broken or maybe it was just a piece of bread that you had to share. I’ve spoken to people who’ve come from overseas and boy oh man some of the stories you hear from them I mean they may have not eaten for days they were lucky if they got you know beans. They were lucky if they got any bread. I don’t think most people have lived that but I’m sure they have that there are people that have lived that. Skipping to verse 8 says again, so the temptation doesn’t stop there. In fact this chapter there’s three different temptations that Jesus goes through with Satan. We’re going to cover two and here’s the second one. It says again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory and he said to him all these things I will give you if you fall down and worship Me. Look at the contrast. The first temptation was just the basic necessities of life right food and drink. And look at to what extreme Satan goes with Jesus to tempt him with fame or power. The world will do this to you if it already hasn’t done it to you. You know I’ve actually heard of stories of women who were tempted to do horrible horrible things for fame for fortune. It’s horrible what some people have to go through and I don’t know if that’s you, but I just want you to see that Jesus can relate to you. Mark chapter 2 verse 15 says and it happened that he was reclining at the table in his house and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples for there were many of them and they were following him. When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that he was eating with the sinners and tax collectors they said to his disciples why is he eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners? Oh by the way Pharisees these guys are the religious ones of the day now imagine if the religious ones of the day today are sitting here and poking at you and pointing fingers at you. I’ve heard of stories like that. I’ve heard of abuses people feel like they are not welcome or people feel like people have spoken behind their back. Perhaps that was you perhaps you had good intentions to help or do something yet maybe you were taken advantage of or people took your kindness for weakness that happens. Well Jesus can relate. Have you ever felt angry angry at a person angry at something someone so his Jesus Matthew 21 verse 12 and that reads and Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple and overturned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves and he said to them it is written my house shall be called a house of prayer but you are making it a robbers den.Ever gotten angry? I’ve gotten angry I get I get angry a lot but look at Jesus and how he got angry and what he got angry about. See a lot of people I’ve heard a lot of Christians actually they will say oh no it’s not right you shouldn’t get angry that’s not fair that isn’t godly not so. Apparently Jesus gets angry too and that’s okay. Let me free of that idea that anger is actually evil. No that’s that’s not true. I mean in fact if you want a Bible verse for it Ephesians 4:26 tells you be angry and sin not. So the idea isn’t not to be angry the idea is be careful what you do with that anger. So yeah if you get angry yeah Jesus did too.
You listening to finally a live radio I’m your host Gary Aris your very own Christian counselor. So I hope you’re seeing the plethora of emotion that Jesus is already showing and here’s another emotion I want you to see here. So apparently the king kills John and John is Jesus’s cousin and in verse 29 it says when his disciples heard about this they came and took away his body and laid in a tomb speaking of John verse 30 the Apostles gathered together with Jesus and they reported to him all that they had done and taught. and he said to them come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while. Verse 32 they went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. When Jesus’s cousin dies Jesus actually pulled away from the people. Jesus too being wrapped in flesh as John one told us he had feelings too he had emotions too. In fact there’s another verse that literally says it’s the shortest verse in the Bible Jesus wept. So yeah did he hurt oh absolutely he hurt. Did he cry absolutely he cried. Did he get mad absolutely he got mad. I wonder if you’ve lost somebody. Who did you lose? I’ve lost family members old and young actually. Many of them to cancer actually. I don’t know if you can relate and it’s heartbreaking. What I know I’m not alone. Jesus experienced death with his cousin here. I’ve experienced it. I’m sure you have too. I want you to know you’re not alone. In fact you are in good company. So let’s go ahead and intensify some things. I’m going to go to Luke chapter 23 verse 20 which says Pilate wanting to release Jesus address them again so what’s happening is Pilate isn’t sold on the idea that Jesus is a bad person he’s a sinner he deserves to to go to jail or or or given the death sentence. Pilat is not sold on it. Pilate can see that Jesus is an innocent man, and again in verse 20 says Pilate wanting to release Jesus address them again he’s addressing the people. He’s telling you he’s asking the people verse 21 says but they kept on calling out saying crucify crucify him and he said to them the third time Why What evil has this man done? I have found in him no guilt demanding death therefore I will punish him and release him but they were insistent with loud voices asking that he be crucified and their voices began to prevail and Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted and he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder but he delivered Jesus to their will. I don’t know if you’ve experienced jail. Maybe you have or maybe. Or mabe you’ve been accused of things in your life by people that perhaps you didn’t do. Ever felt alone? That’s probably the loneliest you can possibly be right? Have you ever felt like everyone was against you? So has Jesus. I want you to see how relatable Jesus is. You aren’t alone. When you go to Christ and you speak to him about your issues he understands so well. In fact I want to keep pushing and I want to push and see if you’ve experienced some of these things. Going on to Matthew chapter 26 and verse 36 says then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane and said to his disciples sit here while I go over there and pray and he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be grieved and distressed. Then he said to them my soul is deeply grieved to the point of death. Remain here and keep watch with me verse 40 says and he came to the disciples and found them sleeping and said to Peter so you men could not keep watch with me for one hour. How many times have your friends sold you out? How many times were your friends are family not there for you. I don’t see Jesus’s family here he’s got some disciples and they’re not even there for him. They’re falling asleep at the wheel. Can you relate? Can Jesus relate to you? How lonely that must feel right and speaking of great friends verse 69 says now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard and a servant girl came to him and said you two were with Jesus the Galilean but he denied it before them all saying I do not know what you’re talking about. If you know the story Peter ends up denying being Christ’s friend or being any type of acquaintance to Christ. He denied his own friend. How many times have you been sold out. I want you to see that you’re not alone. In chapter 27 verse 27 says then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the praetorium and gathered the whole Roman cohort around him in verse 29 it tells you they made fun of him verse 30 says they spit on him, they took a reed and began to beat him on the head, they mocked him and then after they’re done mocking him and beating him they go send him off to get crucified. Have you experienced that venture to say that most haven’t felt that and look not only has Jesus experienced being alone, being sold out by his friends, the crowd didn’t want him, the crowd didn’t care for him they they say they want him crucified here we have soldiers mocking him, for what what did he do wrong nothing and verse 46 says about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying my God my God why have you forsaken me forsaken means to abandon. I’ve met a lot of people who’ve been abandoned who’ve been left by themselves. Almost as if they’ve been thrown out like trash. What a horrible horrible feeling to feel like you’re unwanted and not cared for. I met a lot of people who haven’t met one of their parents or both of their parents for that matter talk about the feeling of abandonment that is exactly what’s happening right here. Jesus says my God my God why have you abandoned me. He’s talking to the father. You want to talk about abandonment issues? Here you go the time you would say Jesus would need God the most God actually turns his back on his own son. I don’t think a lot of people explain it that way it doesn’t sound so pretty but you got to realize God also knew three days from this moment Jesus would come out of that tomb alive so there is a there is a grand plan there’s a grand scheme here so God isn’t evil he wasn’t trying to be mean or rude or hate his son but there was a grand scheme here there’s a giant strategic plan here. Nonetheless Jesus still had to go through it. You want to talk about anxiety. When Jesus is praying he actually begins to sweat blood. I mean how much of a panic does your physical body have to go through the sweat blood. My friends I want you to see that Christ has not only gone through what you’ve gone through he’s actually surpassed it and just in case you’re that one person who’s actually experienced all this I don’t know how I’ll go one step further Jesus gives up his spirit meaning he died. Have you tasted death oh and by the way why did Jesus die because of his sins no no not at all Jesus died for yours and mine. So you want to talk about someone who’s seen it all gone through it all experience all types of hell on earth here’s the guy. Jesus himself God wrapped in flesh so he can experience all the emotions all the hurt and experience how it feels to shed your blood when. We go to God and we’re praying and we’re crying and we’re lamenting Oh trust me he gets it. If you need a reminder listen to this one more time he gets it he’s seen it. He lived it why Jesus why is Jesus so amazing compared to other religions? Jesus lived it 100% and if he lived it he sure as heck understands. So to my friend who might say well why did all these horrible things have to happen to me why did this have to happen why did I have to go through this in my life? If Jesus understands why did I have to experience this? Because my friend you live in a broken world? This world one day will end and there will be a new heaven and a new earth is what revelations tells us. This world is broken and if the world is broken then guess what’s going to happen in the world. Broken dysfunctional hurtful painful things. Oh and by the way Jesus lived here too. He lived in this broken world just like you and he lived it. He gets it. Friend I just want you to see that you aren’t alone. You’re not alone on this earth we’re all in this together and going to experience this together but I want you to see that the man Jesus who died he also resurrected. You and I haven’t tasted death yet but if you believe in Christ you too will die and resurrect. Christ’s resurrection is the sign and seal for us that we too will resurrect. How can I claim that because Jesus did it. You’re not alone and Jesus understands. Pray to him put it all on him ask him to help. Ask him to guide you but the lesson I want you to understand is this is that sometimes we have been victimized. Sometimes we’ve gone through things that weren’t fair. I get that but here’s the message. If you know Jesus now if you believe in Christ we’re no longer those victims. We’re no longer part of this world who wants to eat you up and spit you out. Though we were once victims we will not stay in the state of victimhood. You believe in Christ your soul is saved. If your soul is saved automatically you’re victorious. It doesn’t matter what’s going on in the world. The world has its troubles the world is always going to be in turmoil it just the way it is. Come to accept that. look you have Jesus in flesh coming to the earth and he wasn’t accepted why should I be accepted. Why should the world accept me if they didn’t accept Jesus? Think about that. You walk there trusting God and see what he’ll do with your life. Satan wants to ruin your life. Just like we saw Satan tempting Jesus he wants to do that to you. But look if you believe in Jesus it doesn’t matter what will happen to the flesh. Your soul is saved. Satan will lie to you. Satan wants to trick you but you see here Jesus went through the same sort of temptation. Don’t believe it. Satan is a liar. Jesus understands and he cares for you.