THE RHYTHMS OF JESUS

July 10, 2022

Libin Abraham, Pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship
Guest Speaker and former Pastor of Multi-Site at SCBC

INTRODUCTION

  • “Newyorkitis: haste, rudeness, restlessness, arrogance, contemptuousness, excitability, anxiety, pursuit of novelty and of grandeur, and pretensions of omniscience.” – Dr. John H. Girdner
  • “Our lives can easily take us to the brink of burnout. The pace we live at is often destructive. The lack of margin is debilitating. We are worn out. In all of this, the problem before us is not just the frenetic pace we live at but what gets pushed out from our lives as a result; that is, life with God.” – Rich Villodas, The Deeply Formed Life
  • “Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life in our day.” – Dallas Willard
  • Jesus lived an unhurried life.
  • Jesus lived an interruptible life.
  • Jesus lived a centered life.
  • Jesus quoted the Old Testament 78 times from 27 of the Old Testament books. 
  • 180 of the 1,800 verses that record the sayings of Jesus are either Old Testament quotes or Old Testament allusions.

PRAYING IN SOLITUDE

  • Jesus prayed because he enjoyed intimacy with the Father.
  • Matthew 11:27 “No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son desires to reveal him.” (CSB)
  • Jesus in his humanity was dependent on the Father and the Spirit. 
  • Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he got up, went out, and made his way to a deserted place; and there he was praying.” (CSB)
  • Luke 6:12 “During those days he went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God.” (CSB)
  • Mark 6:45-47 “Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go ahead of him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After he said good-bye to them, he went away to the mountain to pray. 47 Well into the night, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and he was alone on the land.” (CSB)
  • John 6:15 “Therefore, when Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.” (CSB)
  • Luke 5:16 “But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.” (NASB)
  • “For a disciple, to leave the world is to enter back into it from another door: the door of God’s love and acceptance, the door of God’s way of being.” – Rich Villodas, The Deeply Formed Life
  • Hebrews 5:9 “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.” (CSB)
  • Romans 8:34 “Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the one who died, but even more, has been raised; he also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us.” (CSB)