JESUS’ TRUST IN GOD

Feb 9, 2021 | Gilbert’s Podcast

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JESUS’ TRUST IN GOD

“He trusted in God” Matthew 27:43

We are trying to see Jesus as he was.

  • It is surprising that we do not know him better when his image is so vividly portrayed for us in the Gospels.
  • The very familiarity of the story has a deadening effect upon the mind.
  • We have so much of Jesus ever since the days of childhood, have heard so many teachers and preachers speak about him, that the mind has hardened and refuses to be impressed by him. (This has truly been my experience)
  • We have studied the Bible piecemeal, in scraps and patches, getting a knowledge of isolated passages and never putting together the various parts so as to see Jesus as a man among men. (That’s what this series focuses on).
  • We have caught it, it may be, one trait of his lovely character. We need a holistic picture of Jesus.
  • Our purpose in this series is to see him as he was seen by the men of his time.
  • Let us get a little deeper and find out, if we can, the spring from which strength and gladness flow.
  • How come this man was so masterful in every situation, and how did it come to pass that he was joyful in the midst of so many shadows? The answer to the question is written broad on all the pages of the New Testament.

From Beginning to End

  • Jesus’ strength and joy came from his steadfast trust in God. If you were to ask me what is deepest and most fundamental in the character of Jesus, I should say that it was his trust in God.
  • Possibly no better testimony upon this point can be found in all the Scriptures than that taken from the lips of his deadliest foes.
  • When he was dying on the cross, many people laughed at him and wagged their heads, saying derisive and spiteful things.
  • They all ridiculed and scorned him, and the climax of their bitter criticism was this, “He trusted in God!” (Matthew 27:43).
  • The dark and terrible sentence throws a blaze of light upon the teaching and the conduct of Jesus. His whole course of action had made upon the people among whom he moved the impression that he trusted in God.
  • When only a boy he said to his mother, “Why were you searching for me? Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house? (Luke 2:49).
  • His last words upon the cross were, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46).
  • From that first point to the last point, the music of his trust was never broken or interrupted.

Unceasing Prayer

  • In times of crises in his life, we find him praying. At his baptism and the transfiguration, in the Garden and on the cross, he is pouring out his soul to God (in prayer).
  • Before every important action, in the midst of every difficult situation, at the completion of every stage of work, we find him praying.
  • No man had ever prayed like this man, with such simplicity, with such earnestness, with such boundless trust.
  • Prayer was an indispensable feature of Hebrew piety, but men who had prayed from their childhood felt, when they heard this man pray, that they had never prayed at all.
  • The word which he applied for God was “Father.”
  • He calls Him Father in his own prayers, and urges other men that they also may use this name.
  • To trust in the goodness and mercy of the good Father was his most intense and fullest delight; to induce others to trust Him also was his constant ambition and endeavor.

Trouble with Our Trust

  • Jesus has a lot to teach us on this point. It is often supposed that it is easy to believe in God. The fact is, nothing is more difficult to do at certain times and in certain circumstances.
  • It is easy, indeed, to say that one trusts in God, but really to do it in the face of injustice and when love seems to have vanished, that is difficult indeed.
  • Who can study nature without finding things in it which make it difficult to believe in the good Father? Doesn’t nature seem to be cruel?
  • Does she seem to have any heart? Do not fires burn and waters drown and volcanoes cover cities without mercy?
  • Doesn’t Nature carry on her vast operations with absolute in differences to the wishes or welfare of men?
  • All the great thinkers who have gazed into the face of Nature have been appalled by her heartlessness and her indifference.
  • BUT Jesus found in Nature fresh evidences of God’s love.
  • Other men, noting how sunshine falls upon the heads of the good and the bad, come to the conclusion that God does not care.
  • Whereas Jesus, looking on the same phenomenon, sees in it fresh evidence of the great heart of the good Father.

Trusting Through Tribulations

  • Many a man has trusted in God for years only to discover when TRIALS & TRIBULATIONS came that his trust was not as strong enough to stand the shock.
  • The very best and strongest of men, when overtaken by misfortune, are obliged to readjust OR RETHINK their faith.

Many things conspire to blot out one’s trust in God:

  • Disappointment – a man’s fondest dream may come to nothing; his central ambition may fail. One disappointment after another may come upon him until he sinks down, vanquished and hopeless, his torch extinguished.
  • Persecution – may break a man’s faith in God; the inhumanity of man may turn sour the juices of the heart; the misunderstandings and misrepresentations of men, their hostility and faithlessness, their contempt and their scorn, may render it well-near impossible to believe that God rules the world.
  • Other men are overcome by failure. Nothing to them was so sweet as success. To win success they give of their best years but, in spite of all they can do, success eludes them.
  • At the end, they confess themselves defeated. In the bitterness of their defeat they cry out : “Where is God?”

Impeccable Trust

  • Jesus had all the dark possible experiences. He had work to do to which he gave all the energy of his brain and his heart. He had a dream which filled him with enthusiasm.
  • He had a message to communicate which he was certain would drive away the gloom and the woe of the world. He went to Jerusalem to announce it – the door there was slammed in his face.
  • He announced it in the Synagogues of Galilee, but the people there would not receive it. He then preached it on the street corners of the great city, but the crowds melted away.
  • There were, in the end, only twelve men who stood by him, and the hearts of these were so fluctuating. In John 6:67. To these twelve men he gave himself with passionate devotion, pouring into their souls his own very life.
  • But the boldest of them turned out to be a coward, and one of the most trusted of them became a traitor, and when the crisis in his life came, they all forsook him and fled.
  • But despite his disappointment, his trust in God was unbroken. In the midst of the tempest his torch kept on burning, and he cried, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
  • He was maligned, abused, denounced. He was accused of blasphemy, of treason, but his heart remained sweet.
  • Injustice was stronger than justice; unrighteousness was mightier than righteousness; hate was stronger than love.
  • In the hour of his great defeat, he still looked to God saying, “Not my will but Thine be done” (Luke 22:42). The defeat itself could not daunt him and make him draw back.
  • Never was there a man like this man. Other great and strong men have lived and labored, but never a man like Jesus of Nazareth.
  • In the midst of the wildest storm that ever blotted out the heavens and caused the earth to quake, he looked steadily toward God, saying, “Not my will but thine be done” (Luke 22:42).
  • Look down across the ages and see the great men, how they are swayed and tossed by the winds and storms; but there above them all rise this man of Galilee like some majestic mountain.

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