Following Jesus is about living our lives surrendered to him. But what does this look like? The good news is that Jesus shows us what it means to live a surrendered life. In this season of Lent we will be exploring what it means to daily surrender ourselves to Jesus.
THE SURRENDERED LIFE
Message by Josh Mutter – March 10, 2019
HIGHS AND LOWS
THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
Matthew 3:13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
- Jesus is baptized as an act of identifying with people like us
- Application: The surrendered life is other-focused
THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS
Matthew 4:1-11 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
- Application: The surrendered life is God-focused
1. WHO DO I NEED TO SERVE?
2. WHERE DO I NEED TO (RE-)PRIORITIZE?
3. HOW CAN I STAY FOCUSED ON JESUS?