The true Christian knows Jesus must be seen in their lives each day. But often times, Jesus is not seen in people’s lives.
We see people trying to get ahead any way possible, others seeking revenge, performing spiteful actions, feeling jealousy and hatefulness. This is not the example Jesus left for us to follow. Let’s look at some of the examples he did leave.
Jesus had compassion for people. He went about doing good things. He took the time to care for the sick, comfort the bereaved and many other good things.
A leper was to be avoided, but Jesus healed his or her illness. At the tomb of Lazarus, our Lord stood and wept. Not only did he care for the physical needs of people, he was concerned about their spiritual needs.
On one occasion, the Bible tells us he was “... moved with compassion ...” because the multitude was as a flock without a shepherd (Matt. 9:36).
Just as the Lord showed compassion on mankind, we need to do the same. While we cannot heal the sick or raise the dead, we can offer comfort and help to them. Words of kindness either by card or in person help lift the spirits of those in need. Christians need to take opportunities that come their way to show the beauty of Jesus to the world (Gal. 6:10).
Jesus loves all people. Prejudice did not have a place in the life of the Lord. This is seen as he talked with a Samaritan woman (Jno. 4:6). She even asked him about this: “Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans” (John 4:9).
Not only did he talk with her, he taught her and her people. To Jesus, it did not matter what nationality a person was, what mattered was they had a soul.
To show Jesus in our lives today, we, too, must remove all prejudice from our lives. If God is not a respecter of men, then Christians must not be either (Gal. 3:28).
Jesus became a willing sacrifice for man. He left the glories of heaven to take on the form of man and to die at Calvary for mankind (Phil. 2:5-11). Man did not take his life; he freely gave it for man.
“Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father (John 10:17-18).
Jesus has a willingness to forgive. From the very cross where he was slain came these words: “... Father forgive them ...” (Luke 23:34). What love and forgiveness is seen in those words.
At a time when he could have called for the death of those who crucified him, we see his nature. Forgiveness must be a part of the Christian’s life if Jesus is to be seen. Nowhere do we see a spirit of hatefulness or revenge portrayed by Jesus.
Jesus can be seen in the lives of all who will follow his example, obey the Father (Acts 2:38), become a Christian and live a life that shows Jesus before all men.