We Should Be Like Jesus
To discover WWJD (what would Jesus do) we need only look at what the Bible says
Jesus goes to the synagogue in his hometown to worship God with his family and friends. It’s his turn to read scripture and the day’s scheduled passage is from Isaiah. It’s a prophecy—about Jesus. After he reads it, he simply confirms that he fulfills this prophecy (Luke 4:16-21).
In the section Jesus reads, Isaiah prophetically tells the people that the coming savior will move in Holy Spirit power to:
- proclaim good news to the poor
- bind up the brokenhearted
- proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners
- proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God
- comfort all who mourn
- provide for those who grieve in Zion
- bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes
Be Like Jesus
This is essentially Jesus’s job description: to speak truth to those who are seeking, provide help to those in need, and give hope to those who hurt. As his followers we should do the same. Though it will take a lifetime to put these things into practice, this is why God leaves us here on earth and what we should do with our time here. It starts with the Holy Spirit.
If we love him we need to do what he would do, starting today. We need to be like Jesus.
Read more about the book of Isaiah in Dear Theophilus, Isaiah: 40 Prophetic Insights about Jesus, Justice, and Gentiles now available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.
Peter DeHaan writes about biblical spirituality, often with a postmodern slant. He seeks a fresh approach to faith and following God through the lens of scripture, without the baggage of made-up traditions and meaningless practices. Read more in his books, blog, and weekly email updates.