“In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.”
John 1:4, 14, 16-18 NIV
Jesus came to make the Father known. When Jesus returned to Nazareth, look at what He did:
“So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?””
Luke 4:22 NKJV
Think of His kindness. After growing up among these people, He spoke to them of God’s amazing grace! Surely allot of lesser men would have had a mind to settle a few old scores, but not Jesus! He came to make the Father known even to the citizens of Nazareth! We know what happened when we read the rest of the story, starting in vs 23.
There are so many examples of Jesus teaching the grace of God to the people.
“Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.””
John 5:5-14 NKJV
Think about what has happened here. Jesus healed a man that was apparently living in some sin. Afterwards, Jesus found him and told him to stop sinning or he may wind up in a worse condition! What an amazing lesson! He healed a sinner and afterward, without condemning him in any way instructed him to stop sinning so he would stay well!
All of you know the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus told the accusers that whoever among you is without sin, let him throw the first stone.
“At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.””
John 8:9-11 NIV
Here is Jesus, the One who is without sin and qualified to throw the first stone! He gently instructs her to go and sin no more. Anyone who reads this cannot help but to get a little misty eyed at His kindness and mercy.
Look at His next statement:
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””
John 8:12 NIV
I am the light of the world! He came full of grace and truth on a mission to make the Father known!
Think about it! Consider His life in Nazareth, His hardship and suffering. If anyone had a right to be bitter and angry and resentful, it was Jesus! But no, brothers and sisters, He came through it and went about showing kindness and mercy to all!
Let us examine ourselves. Are we gracious and merciful? Do we forgive others even when they haven’t asked us to? Are we humble, as He was humble? Has Jesus really made the Father known to you?
I hope by now you are beginning to see what the Mind of Christ is all about. That His mind is humble, gracious, and full of mercy!
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8 NKJV
Ask Him that He would work in you and by His transforming power instill the Mind of Christ in you.
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:12-13 NKJV
It is His good pleasure to transform you by the renewing of your mind! He is faithful and He will do it!
To be continued…