A RULER THAT CAN BE TRUSTED
Chapter three's goal is to understand why Jesus excels to perfection as a ruler worthy of our complete trust. It should not be too difficult to believe that the best of men are imperfect and at times can be selfish, less than kind, and insensitive to the needs of others. Not so in the case of Jesus Christ.
Jesus indeed made many staggering promises during His time on earth, which in the minds of some, were not fulfilled. However, to the person who receives Him for the person, He said He was, He becomes a promise-keeping God. Perhaps, not always by a change in circumstances but where it counts the most in our hearts. It is in the heart where we find peace for living now, hope for tomorrow, trust that all things are working for our good, and confidence that, by His power and intercession, we are becoming the person He intends us to be.
To see Jesus as a ruler that can be trusted, five-fold reasons are set forth from scripture, in chapter three. These reasons are set in the context of His first visitation to earth as God who in humiliation became a man, not yet exalted to His rightful place, but who still possessed infinite resources.
1. Jesus possessed the infinite power of God
2. Jesus never abused His divine power
3. Jesus entered puberty with a passion for God the Father
4. Jesus's first miracle was not until His thirtieth year
5. Jesus continued to submit to Joseph and Mary
One factor that is almost always overlooked in leadership is the virtue of humility. When we are hurt by someone, it is easy to find fault and criticize a person for many things, one of which can be pride. However, in our day and culture, in general, pride is looked at as more of a virtue, a resource that can help to make a person great. In the case of Jesus, His character was so humble that it sent Him to be crucified so that others would live. I hope you enjoy and are blessed in the reading.