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9/9/15 – Part 3 of 6: The Soul of Jesus Christ

Published: Tuesday, 08 September 2015 Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  Matthew 26:38

“Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.  John 12:27

You do not hear many people talk about the soul of Jesus Christ, but we should. In the verses above, Jesus talked about His soul as being overwhelmed and being troubled.  Have you ever thought of Jesus as having a soul (personality)?  Do you have similar personality traits as Jesus?  Examples of the personality of Jesus are the following:

The most important characteristic of the personality of Jesus was that He only did what God told Him to do.  Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (John 5:19) This is why He could claim that He was without sin.  He was obedient to every word from God.  Do you consciously strive to be obedient to God’s Word?

 

Jesus did not seek any recognition for anything He did.  He was full of humility.  “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:1)  Do you have to share what you do for God or the church with others?

Jesus had no fear, because He had complete faith in God.  He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)  He expects His disciples to have complete faith also.

Jesus knew and had compassion for the needs of others and took action to satisfy those needs.  “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat.”  (Mark 8:2)  The soul of Jesus aches about the needs of others.  What about your soul?

Jesus loved children and took time to care for them.  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  (Mark 10:14-16)  He does not like for adults to abuse children.  Do you unintentionally frustrate or make fun of a child?

Jesus was adamant about people loving and serving God and others.  Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”  (Luke 9:62)  He expects His disciples to stay focused on God’s purpose for them in living their life on this earth.

There are many, many more examples that describe the soul (personality) of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  He expects for His disciples to learn of His personality and to make it part of their personality.  This is what it means to become more Christ-like.  This is the spiritual work that all Believers should be doing through the power of the Holy Spirit.  May I suggest that you spend some time reading and studying Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to learn about the personality of Jesus Christ.  Create your own list of the personality traits that you learn about Jesus Christ and about yourself.

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