While people have been asking “what would Jesus do?” for over a century, it seems the question has never been fully answered Biblically.
A far cry from the gentle Jesus, meek and mild, conjured by nice sounding songs, the truth of the Bible is that Jesus was confrontational, bold, and cryptic in the few years he ministered to Israel.
His attitude aside, even the message Jesus preached to Israel would not be our pattern. He never preached the cross for salvation and did not utter a word about the mystery of His body that would define the church until years later.
A better pattern for ministry today would be an ambassador saved by grace sent to preach the cross of Christ for salvation to all the world through faith alone.
That pattern was given to us in Paul’s ministry ordained by the Lord.
“Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.” – 1 Tim 1:16
The Lord’s earthly ministry to fulfill Israel’s prophecies would not be our pattern of ministry. We minister salvation by Jesus Christ, and that according to the ministry pattern of the apostle Paul.
“Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” – 2 Tim 2:7
For His glory,
Justin “saved by Christ, patterned after Paul” Johnson