Can You Relate To Jesus? Probably So

Can you Relate to Jesus? Probably So
By Pastor Russell M. Morrow
Anyone who has ever attended a Christian church has probably heard something about Jesus. But many people are not affiliated with church, and many others, even those who attended since they were kids, have left for whatever reason. Many people, including some who go to church, live as though Jesus is irrelevant to their lives.
But did you know that when it comes to coping with the troubles of our day and time, we have a lot in common with Jesus of Nazareth?
For example, even though Jesus had the greatest impact on humanity for the good, he had a very humbling and troubled beginning. Like many young people today, Jesus’ life was filled with rejection. People misunderstood him and treated him unfairly.
When he was two years old there was an attempt to kill him. After Jesus turned twelve, his father, Joseph, disappeared from his life. Despite all of this, Jesus, even as a twelve-year old, knew his purpose, and grew in wisdom, stature, favor with God and favor with man.
When he was thirty years old and beginning his career, the devil tempted Jesus with three things: self-satisfaction, power independent from God, and pride. These temptations could have stopped him from fulfilling God’s purpose for his life.
Furthermore, the governing officials did not like him, because they were threatened by his influence with people from all walks of life. This led to other attempts to kill him as he fought against evil and its effect on the lives of individuals and in the community.
Peter, one of his most influential followers said, “… God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.”
These attributes contributed to him having the greatest influence on humanity up to this very day.
Many youth and young adults of all ages and backgrounds have had the same types of troubles as Jesus did and even more. But like him, each of us has our share of influence. The question is, how do we use that influence to improve our lives and the lives of others in a world full of difficulty and chaos?
The good news is that everyone struggling can overcome, survive, thrive and make a positive difference in the world by developing a personal relationship with Jesus through God’s Word, the Bible, and following the practical examples from Jesus’ life. Here is a starting point:
1. Grow in WISDOM: God’s path for living in a world of chaos.
2. Grow in STATURE: Build a meaningful and fruitful life, as a Protégé of Jesus.
3. Have FAVOR WITH GOD: The results of fulfilling God’s purpose in your life.
4. Have FAVOR WITH MAN: Loving your neighbor as yourself.
Questions for Discussion:
1. Why would anyone want to kill baby Jesus when he was two years old?
2. What were the three things that could have stopped Jesus from fulfilling his purpose?
3. Do you find any similarities with Jesus’ life and yours?
4. What do you think “having a personal relationship” with Jesus means?
5. What does New Hope, New Meaning, Personal Transformation, Purpose and Opportunity mean to you?

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