We are half way through finding out WWJD and how to DWJWD. What will we learn in the next few weeks?
I had a classmate that prided herself on having never worn the same outfit twice in a school year—individual pieces (like jeans or a sweater) maybe, but not the same outfit. She had her own credit card, a fancy car, and most people knew that her best friends were just in it for the trips they’d go on and the presents she gave them.
What would Jesus do around someone like her?
“Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:1-10 (NLT)
What did Jesus do? Many times in the Bible people were healed or changed by Jesus, and they were not pleased. They were angry, afraid, or threatened, but they did not celebrate. Why do some people wish people would stay the same, even if the same is bad? Can you think of some examples in your own life? My classmate, by the way, grew up to be a very kind person.
Think of someone you know who has changed for the better. Write or call that person to affirm them.
Were you conscious of Jesus at all today? If so, when? If not, why not? What do you want to say to Jesus after today?
We’ve talked about rumors before during this series, and why you shouldn’t spread a rumor you know isn't’ true. But what if there was a rumor going around about you and you didn’t know whether or not t speak up about it or just wait until someone else became the focus of everyone’s attention?
What do you think Jesus would do?
“Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high council—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said it.” Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes, and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.”- Mark 15:1-5
What did Jesus do? Why didn’t Jesus speak up in verse 5? The bible doesn’t say. But sometimes saying nothing says more than speaking up. No matter what Jesus had said, the end of the story would have been the same. The same goes today.
Every time you see another student today, say a quick prayer for your school, something like “Jesus, please make yourself known at our school.”
How I show my faith now is totally different from how I did in high school. Back then I was a lot more vocal about it—I wore Christian t-shirts all the time, would bring by Bible to class and read it when I had a free moment, I would bring up Jesus in conversations a lot trying to witness. Now, I prefer to get to know people and show them my life as a Christian instead of beating them over the head about it.
“At about that time Jesus was walking through some grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry, so they began breaking off some heads of grain and eating them. But some Pharisees saw them do it and protested, “Look, your disciples are breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath.” Jesus said to them, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God, and he and his companions broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests are allowed to eat. And haven’t you read in the law of Moses that the priests on duty in the Temple may work on the Sabbath? I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple! But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” Then Jesus went over to their synagogue, where he noticed a man with a deformed hand. The Pharisees asked Jesus, “Does the law permit a person to work by healing on the Sabbath?” (They were hoping he would say yes, so they could bring charges against him.) And he answered, “If you had a sheep that fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you work to pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, the law permits a person to do good on the Sabbath.” Then he said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored, just like the other one!” - Matthew 12:1-13 (NLT)
What did Jesus do? Why did the Pharisees get so mad at Jesus and his disciples? Would you consider HS me to be a Pharisee or just a Christian?
Think of an adult in your life who you really appreciate. Call or write that person and tell them why you appreciate them.
You’ve probably been on service projects before. They’re fun, right? You might have worked at an inner-city preschool, or renovated houses in a rural area. But when you get home, back into your neighborhood and your school, you probably don’t know how to serve. I mean, you don’t want to go up to a kid at school and offer them money, right?
What would Jesus do?
“One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!” The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road. “By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked. The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.” Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
What did Jesus say? List some ways you could serve your “neighbor”.
Secretly serve someone in your neighborhood. Wash a car, mow a lawn, rake leaves, or do something else without letting the person know who did it.
I was shocked once when someone I barely knew asked me how they become a Christian. They knew I read my Bible and prayed, so figured I knew what they should do. I wasn’t really sure what to say, but I asked if they wanted to pray and ask Jesus into their life and they said yes! Then I had a terrifying thought...now what?
“One There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee. After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” “What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?” Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it wants. Just as you can hear the wind but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going, so you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.” “How are these things possible?” Nicodemus asked. Jesus replied, “You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don’t understand these things? I assure you, we tell you what we know and have seen, and yet you won’t believe our testimony. But if you don’t believe me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man has come down from heaven. And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.“ - John 3:1-15
What did Jesus do? What’s the best way to help a new Christian? He explained what it means to be a Christian and how to begin your faith journey.
Volunteer to help kids younger than you learn about Jesus.
One of my friends has a mantra: doubt is NOT the opposite of faith. Just because you have questions about Jesus or your faith doesn’t mean you aren’t a Christian. If Jesus was right in front of me, I would have a ton of questions for Him! But would he answer or just strike me with a bolt of lightning for having doubts?
What would Jesus say to me?
One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesu came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:24-29
What did Jesus do? He helped Thomas in his doubt. Remember: doubt is not the opposite of faith.
Think of one area in your life in which you need Jesus’ help. Pray for this help at the beginning of each hour today.