One Day in the Life of Jesus

By Evan Bartholomew, Lead Minister.

“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’ ALL DAY LONG I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations…” Isaiah 65:1-2 NIV.

Of all the commodities in life, unquestionably, time is among the most precious. Some misuse it, some abuse it, but nearly all wish there were more of it! It is highly valued, and yet, limited in supply. So limited is it’s supply, that often times the very thought of giving it up can be offensive. Yet, in truth, everyone gives their time to something. It is to what we give our time that is the superlatively sobering question.

I’ll never forget studying the Bible with a particular individual who was having a difficult time making the decision to be a disciple. After some intense conversation and probing into his life on why Jesus’ calling was simply in his own words “too much” for him, he began to explain that he couldn’t deal with the time commitment of being a disciple and attending all of the meetings of the body. Noticing that this individual happened to be in pretty good shape physically, I asked him how much time he spent working out and exercising. He gave me his answer, and I commended him for having the determination and endurance to take care of his body so well. I proceeded to ask him how much time he felt that being a disciple would take out of his life. Interestingly, the amount of time he felt that he would have to give up in order to be a disciple was less than the amount of time he was already spending in the gym. The issue was never that he didn’t have the time to sacrifice, nor that he was not willing to sacrifice it, he was more than willing to sacrifice his time – just not for God!

Some of the disciples stand in front of the exploding lava in Kalapana! (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Incredibly, Jesus sacrificed every ounce of His time for God. He “resolutely” set out to fulfill His purpose. (Luke 9:51 NIV) He never once succumbed to the temptation to meander in meaningless tasks. He did not replace the opportunity to teach, help, empower, correct, restore, serve, or even save others with His own pleasures or comforts. He did not “dilly dally”. He did not over sleep or spend any time in any sort of lavished slumber. He did not waste time, but rather, “ALL DAY LONG [He] held out [His] hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations…” In order for us to fully grasp Jesus’ sacrificial lifestyle, we must examine One Day In The Life Of Jesus!

Mid-Morning to The Afternoon

“They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” Mark 1:21-22 NIV.

Seemingly, according to the NIV version of the Bible, it is implied that Jesus waited in Capernaum for the Sabbath day, and then started teaching in the synagogue. However, in most other versions of this passage, and even in the Greek, the scripture reads, “And they went into Capernaum; and immediately on the Sabbath He entered the synagogue and began to teach.” (Mark 1:21 NASB) It was as soon as Jesus arrived in Capernaum that He began to preach powerfully in the synagogue. Capernaum was a smaller city within Galilee, and since He had just come from calling Andrew, Simon, James, and John to be disciples on the sea of Galilee, most likely, the went with Him to Capernaum and waited for the most opportune time to preach the Word – Sabbath day at the synagogue!

The disciples have an incredible time playing volleyball and basketball at Gym Night! (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

As Jesus preached, “The people were amazed at His teaching, because He taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.” (Mark 1:22 NIV) The authority behind the teaching of Jesus was undeniable. Yet, the thing that astonished the people the most was Jesus calling a demon out of a possessed man. Incredibly, the Bible records this man was “in their synagogue.” (Mark 1:23 NIV) Truly, this was “the synagogue of Satan.” (Revelation 3:9 NIV) It is no wonder why their teachers of the law did not speak with authority – they had none! Without practicing and obeying the scriptures, there can be no authority in preaching it. In modern times, so many people attend churches with hesitant preachers who only preach “peace peace” when “there is no peace.” (Jeremiah 6:14 NIV) As disciples, how often do we spend our afternoons like Jesus; trying to bring the authority of the scriptures into these people’s lives by “life” and “doctrine.” (I Timothy 4:16 NIV)

Early Evening to The Late Night

“As soon as they left the synagogue, the went with James and John to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told Jesus about her. So He went to her… That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. The whole town gathered at the door…” Mark 1:29-33 NIV.

At evening time, where most in modern times have “down time” and turn on the TV. to “zone out” for a while, Jesus began to serve others. First, as a personal favor to Peter, He went to his sick mother-in-law’s home to heal her from fever. Then, as “news about Him spread quickly over the whole region of Galilee,” the whole town brought their sick and demon possessed to Jesus for healing. (Mark 1:28 NIV) Jesus must have been healing and casting out demons into the late night with little regard for His own personal fatigue. And the Bible does record that power left Jesus as He healed the woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.” (Luke 8:46 NIV) Therefore, it is safe to assume that Jesus had been worn down through His grindy schedule of healing, preaching and casting out demons. Yet, As tired as He was, Jesus’ heart and passion for the lost and for the hurting far outweighed even His own body’s desire for sleep.

The Honolulu Christian Church campus and singles ministry welcomes Jake (second from left) to the islands! (photo by Kelly Bartholomew)

Early Morning

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed… So He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and driving out demons.” Mark 1:35, 39 NIV.

As rigorous as Jesus’ schedule got, He always made time for prayer. It was prayer that gave Jesus the sustaining energy in His life. So often, we try to deal with fatigue by sleeping, napping, or even by drinking extra shots of espresso in our coffee. Isaiah says, “The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning…” (Isaiah 50:4 NIV) It is God who equips us with everything we need to complete the tasks He gives us. Jesus, instead of over sleeping to make up for a near sleepless night, woke up “early” to root Himself in God in preparation for His day.

It is also interesting that Jesus found a place of solidarity. To Jesus, connecting with God was no less important than connecting a car to it’s battery in modern times. It was the spark that initiated His day. It got Him focused, fired up and fueled up for the day. He was not going to compromise that for anything. None of His attention would He allow to be taken away from His father. Jesus knew that He needed to “be clear minded and self-controlled so that [He could] pray.” (I Peter 4:7 NIV) After praying, Jesus found the strength to continue on in preaching and casting out demons.

In a time where nearly everyone considers their schedules to be “too busy”, it is important to look at One Day In The Life Of Jesus, and then ask ourselves what one day in our own life looks like in comparison. Do we spend “ALL DAY” opening our hands to others? Or do we selfishly horde our time for ourselves. Everyone sacrifices their time for something, but to what are you giving your time to? Time given to any other cause rather than an eternal one is not only a waste of an extremely precious commodity, but a loss for those who may have benefited otherwise. Let us remember, as Jesus Himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 NIV) To God be the glory!