Follow the Example

EVERYTHING Jesus said or did serves as a pattern we should follow to victory.

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Matthew 13:1 – The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

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In Matthew 12, Jesus had been on the inside of a building teaching the Word to the people present.  While there, Mary and His brothers came to see Him, and asked that He come outside to talk with them.  But since at an earlier meeting, they, along with a multitude of others had gone away from Him, He demonstrated a whole new perspective on “family.”  He had said that His family (mother and siblings) were those who heard His Word and did His sayings (will.) 

With that in mind, consider our Text for Today.  Allow me to quote it again here; “The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.”  What a picture Jesus is giving us.  His statement regarding the comprisal of His family stepped beyond the bounds of what was typically understood.  It stepped beyond natural blood lines, and in fact, stepped beyond ethnic blood lines in giving us an indicator that His family would be considered those who did His will.  Oh what a joy when one considers that people beyond the Jewish blood line could do His will.  Even here, before the cross, we see the door being opened to “whosoever will.”

But then look at Jesus’ actions.  That day, the day He spoke of a broadening horizon for family lines, Jesus “went out of the house, and sat by the sea side.”  My friend, I tell you He was demonstrating to us His will, His plan, His work of the kingdom.  Do you see it?  Are you one who has made Jesus Lord in your life?  Are you one who chooses to do His will, to keep His Word?  If you are, you are His family, and as a member of His family, it is time we followed through on His example. 

We should NEVER cease to function as the church of the Lord Jesus; NEVER cease the assembling of ourselves together; NEVER cease fellowship with, ministry to, and teaching of one another as member of His family who are in the house.  At the same time, we MUST engage as never before in getting OUTSIDE the house and SITTING BY THE SEA SIDE.  When Jesus sat by the sea side, He was sitting by the Sea of Galilee.  But in this passage, the “sea” is not specifically named.  That gives us clear indication that sitting “by the sea side” speaks to us of going into the world; of sitting by those who live in darkness, who need Jesus, who need to be saved, who need to be born again.  While we surely have work IN the house, we also have much work “out of the house.”  Let’s get busy.

Manna for Today – Matthew 12 & 13; Mark 4

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