Psalm 143:10 — “Teach me to do your will for you are my God …”
We are approaching Easter. This was the week of celebration for the Jews’ Passover. Jesus celebrated Passover with the Apostles. This event is often called the Last Supper. Jesus would soon face death, but why? Jesus could do anything He wanted. He was the Son of God.
He says himself in Matthew Chapter 26: 52 “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (To read about the arrest of Jesus go to Matthew 26:47-56)
Yes Jesus could have commanded an army of angels to save Him from death. Jesus could have had the Jewish priests and the Roman soldiers all killed, but He did not. Instead after praying three times for another choice, He surrenders to His Father’s will, to be killed on a cross, at the hands of Roman soldiers. —
As we see in Matthew 26: 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Jesus teaches us by example, how to do God’s will.
1) He lived in peace with the people of the surrounding communities.
2) He taught His disciples and the crowds of people about God.
3) He fed the hungry.
4) He cared for the sick, healing them for the glory of God.
5) He prayed to God the Father, for help. (Matthew 26:36-46 Prayer at Gethsemane)
6) He followed God’s will, even suffering until death.
7) He gives His followers the job of making new disciples by baptizing them and teaching them.
8) He finally then returns to His home in Heaven.
Jesus followed God’s will every day of His life. He shows this through His teachings, and how He lived His life. Jesus showed us how to live with the fruit of the Spirit that we are given at baptism. The fruit are explained by Apostle Paul —
In Galations 5: “13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh… 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want…. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh…”
These are the fruit that all followers of Jesus should live by. These are the characteristics that Jesus showed by example throughout His life, so we would know how believers are supposed to live.
If you do God’s will, you will live by the “fruit of the Spirit” as Jesus did.
(To read this whole section of Scripture about the Fruit of the Spirit, click here.)