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Friday, November 23rd, '18

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THREE HABITS OF JESUS

"...and as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read" (Luke 4:16)

"...and went, as he was wont, to the Mount of Olives [to pray]" (Luke 22:39)

"...and as he was wont, he taught them again" (Mark 10:1)

 

The words "custom" and as it reads, "he was wont", mean the same thing. The Greek word is etho or ethos, Christ's "ethic", his customary way of doing things. Jesus had habits, life patterns, daily activities that were second nature to Him. If we would do the three things He "was wont" to do, our lives would soon resemble His. First, Jesus had a habit of studying the Word. Every Sabbath He could be found in the synagogue, the Jewish version of what we call a church. Jesus went to Bible class and He went consistently. Attendance isn't the life-molder, consistent attendance is. Paul urged, "...give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine" (1 Timothy 4:13). That means, listen to the preached and taught word then apply what is heard personally. Jesus became a "walking Bible", the "word made flesh". He flipped the scrolls open to Isaiah 61:1 and "found the place where it was written..." Jesus knew chapter and verse. Musing in, meditating on, memorizing and mastering the word was His custom. When the hour of danger came He stared down the devil and quoted, "It is written!"

 

Second, He lived the habit of prayer. In the crisis hour He returned to Gethsemane "as he was wont". All the birds in that sanctuary knew His voice by heart. Jesus had a place where God met Him and He met God. He didn't use prayer as a getaway car to escape life's problems. He communed with His Father every morning. That is clear from Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16, 11:1 and a host of other verses. Because of that constant "closet communion" He was able to say, "Father, I thank You that You have heard me. And I know that you always hear me..." (John 11:41,42 NKJV) Master Rubenstein said, "If I miss practice one day I know it, two days my family knows it, three days and the whole world knows it". The same is true with prayer. The prayer-less man gives himself away by his lack of power. When Jesus met resistance He simply commanded the sick, "Rise up and walk" or "Receive your sight!" and the unclean spirits, "Go!" He didn't need to pray through to prepare for the battle for He was always already prayed through by His daily habit. His secret prayer was His secret to prayer.

 

Third, He had a habit of sharing His faith. Our third text says it was His ethos to teach the people. As He was "wont, he taught them again". His first habit connected Him with the word, His second habit connected Him with the power source and His third habit connected Him with needy people. Jesus talked to God about the people then went and talked to the people about God. That is the way it is supposed to work. We talk to God on man's behalf, that's intercession, then we talk to man on God's behalf, that's proclamation. Now know that no habit is immediate. As one doesn't pick up a smoking habit with one puff neither does one catch a witnessing habit by knocking on one door or passing out one tract or giving one testimony at church. The habit of early morning prayer requires an alarm clock and some will. The habit of daily exercise isn't maintained by giving the flesh lots of binges and rest breaks. Habits follow decisions that become actions then repeated actions. Jesus was a man of habit. He knew what was right for Him and He stuck with it until it not only became second nature but became the eager joy of His every day. The same can work for you and me. The key is, we have to get started at least on these three basics.


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