How Did Jesus Do What He Did?

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“How Did Jesus Do What He Did?”©

by Robert E. Alderman, Jr.

[Originally written for my P.E.A.R.STM blog on 10/29/10]

Good morning!

The transformation of someone who has received Christ as Savior and Lord into the “likeness” of Christ is the bedrock of Christianity and the substance of eternal life.  Pastors frequently encourage their congregations to emulate Jesus and be Christ-like in their behavior.

It is understood that Jesus, though embodied as a man when He was on earth and subject to all the same temptations faced by each of us, lived a sinless life of holiness and perfection.  Moving to that same manner of living is what we are called to as well.  (Matt 5:45, 1 Pet 1:15-16)

Fortunately, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel or engage in a trial and error approach to find a way to do that.  The answer to the question, “how did Jesus do what He did?” is given to us in the Bible.  The bottom line is Jesus wasn’t a “do-er” (in the sense of relying on His own power or abilities) but rather was a “be-er”.  He rested and relied entirely on the strength and presence of the Father working through Him.

A 24/365 (24 hours a day/365 days of the year) absolute reliance and dependence on the indwelling of God the Father in Jesus is how Jesus did what He did.  

The same is what is offered and is available to us through Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling within us – as we grow in our understanding and acceptance of that reality with all our mind, all our heart and all soul as Christ did with the Father.  It is God, not us, Who enables us to do whatever He calls us to do.

Our only responsibility is to “be” available to Him and to “be” willing to accept His power, love and wisdom in the place and stead of our human frailties and inadequacies.  Such is the substance of a “be-er” in Christ.

Bob Alderman 

P.S.  For more on this, a great book to read is “The Saving Life of Christ” by W. Ian Thomas.

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