What it Would Have Been Like to Be Jesus (Part 3)Submitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Sunday, October 27, 2019.
1. Jesus was a leader. A. He chose 12 (Mar 3:14) average (at best) (Mat 4:18-22; Mar 2:14) men to be His disciples. B. He was light-years ahead of them in maturity, understanding, and godliness (Mat 16:6-11; Mar 9:31-34). C. They tested His patience, but He never mistreated them (Mat 17:14-21). D. He often had to get away by Himself and commune with His Father (Mat 14:22-23). E. Jesus would no doubt have been a lonely man while on this earth (at least in regard to human relationships). i. Jesus was rejected by many which would make one lonely (Isa 53:3). ii. In addition to that, Jesus was the leader of His disciples and would never have been able to just feel like one of the guys. iii. No one could have possibly understood what it was like to be Him, the sinless Son of God who would be the sin bearer for an untold number of people. iv. "The king that is not a lonely man is a fool." (Unknown) v. There has probably never been a more lonely man that has ever lived. 2. Jesus was the promised Messiah of Israel. A. But most of those to whom He was sent rejected Him (Joh 1:11; Luk 19:14). B. Even His own siblings rejected him (Joh 7:1-7). C. He did not enjoy the respect that the rabbis, Pharisees, lawyers, and teachers of the law did (Isa 53:3). D. Many that did recognize Him as the Messiah were only interested in Him because they thought that He would bring Israel back to its former power and glory (Joh 6:15; Luk 17:20-21 c/w Luk 19:11 c/w Act 1:6). (This was not the reason the disciples followed Him, but their question was indicative of what the Jews were expecting.) E. He spent time with common people (Mar 12:37) and saved-sinners like publicans and harlots (Mat 9:10-13; Luk 15:1-2; Mat 21:31-32; Luk 7:29; Luk 7:37-39, 47; Luk 19:5-7). 3. Jesus was betrayed and condemned to death. A. He was turned on by a trusted friend (Mar 14:10-11; Mat 26:47-50 c/w Psa 41:9 c/w Joh 13:18). B. He was forsaken by His disciples (Mar 14:50). C. He was slandered by liars (Luk 23:1-2; Luk 23:10; Mar 14:55-56). D. He was mocked (Mat 27:29-31; Luk 23:11). E. He was spit upon (Mar 14:65). F. He was scourged (Mat 27:26 c/w Isa 50:6 c/w Psa 129:3). i. Scourge v. - 1. trans. To beat with a scourge; to whip severely, flog. ii. Scourge n. - 1. a. A whip, lash. Now only rhetorical, with reference to the torturing of human beings, or to ascetic discipline. iii. Whip n. - 1. a. An instrument for flogging or beating, consisting either of a rigid rod or stick with a lash of cord, leather, etc. attached, or of a flexible switch with or without a lash, used for driving horses, chastising human beings, and other purposes. iv. Lash n. - 1. a. gen. A sudden or violent blow; a dashing or sweeping stroke (obs.). b. spec. A stroke with a thong or whip. 2. a. The flexible part of a whip; now sometimes in narrower sense, the piece of whipcord or the like forming the extremity of this. v. Flog v. - 1. a. trans. To beat, whip; to chastise with repeated blows of a rod or whip. G. His own countrymen chose a murderer over Him (Luk 23:13-25). H. He was delivered to be killed because of envy (Mar 15:10). I. He was crucified and mocked while He hung on the cross (Mat 27:33-44). J. He was forsaken by God as He was punished for our sins (Mat 27:45-46; Isa 53:4-7, 10-12). K. When He had made propitiation for our sins, He gave up the ghost and died (Joh 19:30; Rom 5:8-11). L. Through all that, He never sinned (1Pe 2:21-24). 4. Jesus was resurrected three days later. A. When He suffered sufficiently for the sins of His people, He gave up His life (Joh 10:15). B. Three days later, as God, He took up His life again and rose from the dead (Joh 10:17-18; Mar 16:9; 1Co 15:4). C. He ascended into heaven to reign at the right hand of God (Mar 16:19). D. He is going to return without sin unto salvation to them that look for Him (Heb 9:28).