Jesus Never Lost His Composure

Photo of two identical men seated on couch in argument with one man's hands in the air

If we analyze the life of Jesus Christ, the one thing which is most evident out of all of His characteristics is that He never lost His composure. No matter what situation or circumstance He encountered, He was always untroubled and composed. Even when the religious leaders threatened His life, He was able to either walk right through their midst or slip away unnoticed.

Jesus was tempted (tested) by the devil in the wilderness, but He never rose up in anger or commanded him to flee. He merely responded to each attempt with a passage in context from God’s word. He knew just what to say at any given moment.

A storm arose while He and His disciples were at sea, yet Jesus never grew anxious or panicked. There was absolutely no fear in Him. In fact, during the peak of the storm, “…He was asleep” (Matthew 8:24). He had such peace in the situation that He had no need to be awake.

Then “…when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way” (Matthew 8:28). But He was not fazed by them at all. Instead, He cast the devils out into a nearby herd of swine, maintaining full control of the situation.

Later Jesus healed a man with a withered up hand. The religious leaders became angry because He did it on the Sabbath. They took God’s commandment given over a thousand years earlier—to honor the Sabbath, keep it holy, and do no work on that day—to such an extreme that even healing was not permitted. Yet in their ‘holy’ zeal, they were hypocrites, because they permitted livestock to be rescued out of a pit on the Sabbath without penalty. As a result of Jesus’ actions, “… the Pharisees went out, and held a council against Him, how they might destroy Him” (Matthew 12:14). But this did not bother Him. “…when Jesus knew it, He withdrew Himself from thence: and great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all” (v. 15).

Once Jesus and His disciples were in a desert area ministering to the people. The day grew late and no food was available anywhere nearby. He did not worry, but He could have let Himself become overly concerned and begun to make arrangements for getting food. On the contrary, He took a handful of bread and fish, blessed it, and gave it to His disciples to distribute.

He was fully confident that the thousands present would have enough to be satisfied, with plenty left over.

Even though Jesus always kept His composure, He was not a soft-spoken, passive, non-confrontational person. Once “…Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves” (Matthew 21:12, 13). Yet He still maintained control of Himself and the situation. After all, this was His house and their ungodly actions were desecrating it. Afterward, “…the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them” (Matthew 21:14). He never demonstrated any bitterness or hatred. His anger was a righteous anger and nothing greater.

More than once the religious leaders tried to trap Him. One case involved paying tribute (taxes). They asked Jesus, “Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” (Matthew 22:17). And once again, Jesus did not lose His composure. “…Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites? Shew Me the tribute money. And they brought unto Him a penny. And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? They say unto Him, Caesar’s. Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:18-21). He effectually shut them up and exposed their foolishness with little more than raising His voice.

At one point, the religious leaders grew so disgusted and upset with Jesus and the truth He proclaimed that they tried to kill Him on the spot. “…they took up stones to cast at Him: but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by” (John 8:59). He still did not lose His composure and let Himself get out of control.

Even when Jesus was tried and hung on the cross for crimes not committed, He never angrily defended Himself. He did not try to fight physically for His innocence. While He hung on the cross in extreme pain, He cried out, “…Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…” (Luke 23:34). He could have called out to His Father to send destruction upon the guilty and to get Him off of the cross.

So how did He manage to do all this without ever yielding to the devil, or just giving up? It was all due to His relationship with His Heavenly Father. He declared, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30). Jesus continually sought and communicated with Him, never allowing their fellowship to become strained or broken. Whenever He had the opportunity, Jesus would go before His Father in prayer, sometimes all night long.

Through this unity, Jesus knew just what to say and where to go at any given moment. He never worried or doubted. He had no concern about others taking His life.

“Then they sought to take Him: but no man laid hands on Him, because His hour was not yet come” (John 7:30 emphasis added). Jesus had to fulfill all of His Father’s requirements first. He was subject to His Father’s will and none other. His Father knew what was best for Him, and anyone else who would believe in Him.

Therefore, if Jesus, the very Son of God, had to continually go before His Father in prayer as a human being, how much more so should we, as children of God, do the same? God provided His Son in the flesh for us as our perfect example. He wants us to follow His Son’s example and be in close fellowship with Him. When we grow fearful and doubt Him, we have slipped out of that fellowship. We will always lose control of a situation when our relationship with Him is strained or broken. The only way that we can have a close bond with our Heavenly Father and maintain a level of calmness in any situation is to do like His Son and spend quality time in prayer and communication with Him. We need to continually place His interests for us above our own. Jesus never lost His composure, and neither should we.

 

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The Ultimate Power Adapter

group of AC adapters

What a horror it must be for a teenager to vacation in a distant location with all kinds of technological gadgetry and a household power supply, but with no AC adapters to power or recharge any of these gadgets! Why are AC power adapters needed anyway? Why can’t we just plug cell phones, music players, etc., right into the wall socket and use or recharge them?

The answer lies in the fact that we are dealing with a power source that is much, much greater than our portable device is capable of handling. It is like trying to fill a cup of water at the bottom of a giant waterfall, or asking some firefighters trying to put out a fire to aim their hose running full blast at us, so we can have a drink of water. We must have something that is a ‘middleman’ between the high power source coming into our home and the relatively fragile electronic gadgets that we use almost every day, in order to make them work without destroying them in the process. The solution is to use an AC adapter (or a converter) that converts the powerful kind of electricity traveling through the wires in our homes into the weaker kind of power that our portable device needs.

If we plugged our cell phone, computer, or music player directly into one of the outlets at home, without using an AC adapter or power converter, devices of this type would be permanently damaged. (Some devices have a converter located inside the unit, so they appear to be getting power directly from the wall outlet when plugged in.) They could even catch on fire or explode. It is possible for the power company to provide the weaker kind of electricity to the wall outlets that is more compatible with our various portable technological devices. But this would then create a problem for other kinds of items, such as refrigerators, electric stoves, toaster ovens, and electric saws. Devices like these need much more power for a longer period of time than our portable electronics would ever require. This is why we need converters or adapters.

black cord and white ac adapter in non-U.S. outlet

This kind of solution also applies to making a way for us to approach the most powerful being in the universe, and have close fellowship with Him. Approaching God simply in our finite, fragile, physical bodies is not possible. That would be something like trying to climb one of the very tall towers to reach the wires coming from a power generating station in order to plug in our cell phone. The electricity those wires are transmitting is so strong (several converters are needed before it can even come into our homes) that just coming near them will kill us. Yet God is more powerful than all power stations combined, for all eternity! He is so powerful that He can simply speak something into existence, or eliminate something, in less than a fraction of a second. How can we possibly come close to Someone so powerful and live? We need Someone to be a mediator, a representative, a liaison, or go-between who is capable of standing before God for us, yet also able to fully represent the frail, mortal human beings that we are. This middleman would have to be without any sin or anything else that God would reject, or God would not let Him into His presence.

God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is that Mediator or ‘Go-between’ that we need. He could be considered our ‘power adapter.’ He was sinless when He walked this Earth as a man, and therefore qualified to fulfill the requirements God laid out for man to be able to come before Him. Through Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself on the cross, He bridged the gap of separation between God and us. Jesus became the way for us to approach and have fellowship with the all-powerful God.

cross and sky

If we seek God for forgiveness of our sins, and accept Jesus’ sacrifice of Himself on the cross as if it was our own (as our ‘Go-between’ or substitute), then forsake our sinful ways and yield our lives to Him, we ‘plug into’ a new life with God Himself through His Son. Jesus saith…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Trying to reach God and have fellowship with Him in any other way is only attempting to meet God in our own weak and finite strength and wisdom. This means we are trying to take a shortcut, and as a result, actually end up rejecting what His Son did on the cross for us instead. Ultimately it leads to our death, because no sinful man can come before a holy, all-powerful God and live.

God knows we are not capable of coming before Him directly, yet He desires and longs for our mutual fellowship. Therefore, in His love for us—a love greater than we could ever comprehend—He made His Son to be the means by which we can have a relationship with Him like a child has with his parents. Just as a power converter makes it possible for a delicate electronic device to connect with the much more powerful household power supply, we need to connect to Jesus—our “spiritual” ‘power adapter,’ and let Him be the way we connect to God—our Supreme Heavenly power source!

For more information on how to connect to God click here.