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On Earth As It Is In Heaven - Part 1, Supernatural Expectation
Miles McPherson - May 11, 2014

Message Recap

Do you remember the “WWJD” (“What Would Jesus Do?”) slogan that was popular in the 90’s? Doing what Jesus did is what Christianity is all about.

When Jesus came to earth, He gave up His Divine privilege and lived as a man dependent on the Holy Spirit. While He lived, He did things as a man walking with God, to show us how to live and to reveal our potential.

The mentality behind this slogan was that if Jesus saw a hungry person, He would feed him, so I should too. If Jesus saw a discouraged person, He would encourage her, so I should too. But what if Jesus saw someone who was crippled? He would heal the person. But would I? What would I do?

Where do we draw the line between which of Jesus’ actions we will do and which we won’t?

Biblically speaking, WWJD is not about our copying Jesus at all – it’s about Jesus doing powerful works through us. On our own, we are powerless, like an empty glove. We need the hand to move us! Our role as Christians is to be the tool of God, surrendering our lives to Him, that He may live in us and do His will.

When Jesus came to earth, He gave up His Divine privilege and lived as a man dependent on the Holy Spirit. While He lived, He did things as a man walking with God, to show us how to live and to reveal our potential.

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11 

Today we look at Jesus’ life as a human, struggling with same things we do. We can be comforted knowing that Jesus dealt with similar problems, understands our temptations, overcame these things, and can help us to face whatever we face today. Here are several indications that Jesus humbled Himself, lived as a human, and depended on the Holy Spirit, just as we can:

1. He was born into a human family full of drama. Matthew 1:1-17
The family line of Jesus had a history of prostitution, murder, adultery, idolatry, and incest. He was born into a family with some major problems!

2. He used Scripture to fight the devil. Matthew 4:2
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He could have easily destroyed him. But instead He chose to respond with the word of God as an example of how we should respond to temptation.

3. He needed physical food. Matthew 4:2
God doesn’t get hungry, people do.

4. He was strengthened by angels. Matthew 4
Why would God need to be strengthened/ministered to by angels? Only people need that. Do you know angels are available to strengthen you? When you feel alone or attacked, call on God to send angelic strength to surround you. You are not alone!

5. His body required sleep. Matthew 8:24
His body not only required sleep, but He was able to sleep in the storm. If you have a storm going on, find rest in the arms of God tonight.

6. His Soul was overwhelmed. Matthew 26:38
When Jesus walked as a man and faced a tortuous death, He was sorrowful to the point of death, fell on face, and prayed.

7. He did not know when the second coming would be. Matthew 24:36
He would know this information as God, but as a man, He did not.

8. He prayed. Matthew 26:39

9. He bled real blood. John 19:34

10. He died a real death; His spirit left Him. Matthew 27:50

11. He grew and developed. Luke 2:40

12. He was baptized, filled, led, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Luke 3-4
We can’t do anything without the Holy Spirit. That’s where our power comes from! Our own thinking, trying hard, and obeying rules is just religion. But we need a spiritual relationship, dying to the self, and allowing God to live through us, unlimited!

13. He depended on the Holy Spirit for miracles. Matthew 12:25-28

14. He followed the Father’s lead in what He said and did. John 8:25-29

(These humanly examples do not lead to the conclusion that Jesus was only human. Jesus did claim to be God as well!)

God wants to love you, use you to love others, bless you more than you can ever imagine! If you allow the Holy Spirit to work through you, you can love others as Jesus did!

On Earth As It Is In Heaven

This 6-part series examines what it means to have God's kingdom on earth and how to release God's power in your life. In Part 1, Pastor Miles encourages us that we can live our lives as Jesus did if we let God express His love and character through us.

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