"Bow down and worship me": This temptation put Jesus' commitment to God as well as his ambition for political authority to the test. However, Jesus demonstrated that his vision of a Messiah was one who prioritized God's kingdom over governmental authority. He refused to bow down to Satan because he knew that doing so would go against his mission as the Son of God.
Jesus also showed his ambition by wanting to be king. But he saw himself as a servant-leader who wanted to bring about justice and peace through his message and actions. He never sought glory for himself but always pointed people to God as he lived out his life.
This was an essential topic for Jesus to answer since it would come up again and again as people questioned his identity and authority. "Bow down and worship me": This temptation put Jesus' commitment to God as well as his ambition for political authority to the test.
The disciples are also mentioned as healers in the New Testament. These occurrences are significant for Christians. They were provided by the gospel writers to assist people comprehend that Jesus was more than just a man. They direct the reader's attention on God's Incarnation, as revealed through Jesus.
Following His example of washing His disciples' feet (an act of love, humility, and service), He invites us to follow in His footsteps and serve one another. "I have set an example for you to follow, that you should do what I have done for you," Jesus says. Jesus, God's Son, the Most High King, the Lord of Lords, never elevated himself above others. Instead, He submitted to death on a cross at my sinfulness so I could be forgiven and live again.
He also tells us to "love our neighbors as ourselves." This is not just an instruction; it is a command. Love is not something we feel when serving others or when being served by them. It is an action of the will directed toward another human being. Love is self-giving loyalty that seeks the good of the other person first and knows no bounds.
Jesus' message of service to others has inspired many people to make sacrifices and take risks to improve their communities. From one-room schools to rural hospitals to social security, many great institutions are rooted in religious beliefs about service to others.
Even though Jesus was raised in Jerusalem during its time as the center of the Jewish world, He preached across the entire country from one coast to the other. His mission was to serve everyone who needed healing, guidance, or help of some kind.
As a result, he began teaching them a variety of subjects" (Mark 6:34). Although the disciples wished for Jesus to establish his kingdom in order to defeat the Romans, he had a much grander plan not only for the Jewish people, but for the entire globe. Jesus' love for the world drove Him to proclaim God's kingdom, which was destined to grow in unthinkable numbers. Therefore, Jesus taught the disciples because he wanted them to go out and make more disciples.
Jesus also taught the disciples because they asked him questions about their faith and themselves. As we look over the life of Christ, we see that He always answered their questions. If they questioned His authority, He proved it by performing miracles (e.g., John 10:38). If they asked why He spoke in parables, He explained that "the knowledge of the secrets of the heart has been made known to [Him]" (Luke 24:45). When they asked Him to choose between them, He chose them (John 15:14-15). Jesus answered every question they asked Him because He loved them and wanted them to know Him better.
Jesus also taught them because it was the best way to reveal God's nature and plan for humanity. God is eternal wisdom, and He uses human beings as tools to communicate with others. Because the disciples were blind eyes and deaf ears, Jesus opened their minds so they could understand what He was saying and take action on its behalf.
Finally, Jesus taught the disciples because it kept them close to Him.
One interpretation is that Jesus evolved in his grasp of who he was. But Jesus led by being the person he urged others to be, not just "projecting an image." That is, Jesus physically represented the "rule of God" and what God the Father wished for the earth. But even more than this, Jesus literally became human and lived a perfect life as an example for us to follow. And because of this, he was able to die on the cross and rise from the dead to present himself to those who will never forget him.
Jesus also led people through words alone. He told many stories about himself and his intentions for the world. These stories helped people understand why he had to suffer and die, but they also gave them hope that someone could come along and save them. Jesus led people primarily by example and good advice, but sometimes he also told them what they wanted to hear in order to fulfill some purpose within his plan.
Jesus also led people through action. He healed the sick, raised the dead, opened eyes to see again after blindness, provided food and shelter for everyone who needed it, and taught those who would listen. All of these things showed people that no matter how bad their situation might be, there was hope for improvement or redemption. Jesus led people by giving them faith and courage to keep trying when everything around them was telling them to give up.
Finally, Jesus led people by example.