5-5-5 Daily Devotions: “INAM-Who Was This Man, Part 3” September 5-6, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

It's Not About Me
"Who Was This Man?" Part 3
September 5-6, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Who is Jesus…to you?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus said, “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

“Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves. You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law. Matthew 7:12-29 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

If life is NOT all about me, then what is life about? What brings meaning in life? What gives life purpose?

The life and teachings of Jesus have single-handedly shaped the world we live in.

Application (5 minutes)

Where do you need to apply the Golden Rule in your life?

Why is the “highway to hell” broad and the “gateway to life” narrow and difficult?

How are you building your “house”? When will “where you built” matter most?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, with the coming of Jesus, you changed the world. With your personal invitation to me, you changed my life. Help me build my life on your love and principles so I can weather the storms that come!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is your most recent memory of 1) having a need, or 2) meeting a need?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus spoke about himself: “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’ “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Matthew 25:31-46 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

Before Jesus, there was no real value attached to human life. There were no human rights, women’s rights, or civil rights. The teaching of Jesus was extraordinary and countercultural – concepts about love, hate, forgiveness, compassion, and mercy – ideas of human value that the world had never heard before.

Application (5 minutes)

How important is it to Jesus that his people care for those who are in need?

Jesus, the resurrected King of Kings and Lord of Lords, is going to say, “I was hungry…I was thirsty…I was a stranger…I was naked…I was sick…I was in prison…” Who are you really serving?

What other authority figure would take how you treat the “least of these” so personally that he would say “You did your act of kindness to ME”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for caring for those who need the most. Help us trust you with our needs and honor you with our service.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What do you believe will help society become “just” or “full of justice”?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

A passage Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used in a sermon/speech:

“What sorrow awaits you who say, “If only the day of the Lord were here!” You have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will bring darkness, not light. In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion— only to meet a bear. Escaping from the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house— and he’s bitten by a snake.

Yes, the day of the Lord will be dark and hopeless, without a ray of joy or hope.

“I hate all your show and pretense— the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won’t even notice all your choice peace offerings. Away with your noisy hymns of praise! I will not listen to the music of your harps.

Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

“Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel? No, you served your pagan gods—Sakkuth your king god and Kaiwan your star god—the images you made for yourselves. So I will send you into exile, to a land east of Damascus,” says the Lord , whose name is the God of Heaven’s Armies. Amos 5:18-27 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

We’ve heard a lot about Martin Luther King, Jr., but did you know that it was his faith in Jesus Christ that propelled him toward a just society – towards true freedom for all Americans? You see, Martin Luther King knew that true hope for change can only be found through God’s love, power and righteousness.

Application (5 minutes)

Why is it dangerous to look forward to God’s judgment (“day of the Lord”) if you are not personally being obedient to God’s call on your life?

Have you ever engaged “worship” that was really not God-focused or Jesus-centered?

Why are religious rituals easier than following Jesus?

How can you promote “a mighty flood of justice” and choose “an endless river of righteous living”?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, teach us to fear you so that we can call upon you with a clean heart. We pray you help us create a mighty flood of justice and lead us in an endless river of righteous living!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Who is it most difficult for me to show patience and kindness with in my life?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Jesus said, “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. Matthew 5:38-48 NLT (Bible.com)

For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. Colossians 1:19-22 NLT (Bible.com)

Sermon Insights:

The real question is not, “Who was this man?” The real question is, “Who is this man?” Jesus is the greatest teacher who ever taught, the greatest mind that ever thought, the greatest gift that has ever been given. Jesus is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Jesus alone mastered life, conquered death, and broke the power of sin. The Son of God, this crucified carpenter from Nazareth, Jesus, is the hope of the nations and the Savior of the world!

Application (5 minutes)

We have already seen in this week’s devotions that we are to protect the defenseless and meet the needs of the “least of these.” When Jesus calls us to “not resist an evil person,” he is not calling weak people to embrace victimization; he is calling strong people to embrace God-like mercy and kindness towards their enemies.

·       How does God’s strategy of love—patience and kindness—accomplish the powerful transformation of changing the hearts of his enemies?

·       Did it work with you, when you were an enemy of God?

·       Will it work when you love your enemies with the love of Jesus?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, help us become more like you—showing patience and kindness and care for my enemies—so I can participate with you in reconciling people back to you through Jesus!

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Can you have real hope when life is very difficult? Why or why not?

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene, happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’ For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?

“Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.

The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last. Luke 23:26-46 NLT (Bible.com)

Application (5 minutes)

Jesus willingly gave up his place in heaven, his comfort, and eventually his life—to save his enemies. If following your leader means imitating their pattern of life, how are you imitating Jesus in this?

How are you caring for those who do not (yet) know or appreciate your sacrifice?

Why is following Jesus a sign of POWER, not weakness? Is that confusing to many people? Why or why not?

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, it only makes sense to have hope in dark circumstances if you are real, alive, and present. Teach us to trust you even when we can’t see or feel your presence.

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