What Jesus Did Not Do – A Lesson on the Divinity of Jesus

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TITLE: What Jesus Did Not Do – A Lesson on the Divinity of Jesus

SUBJECT: Jesus Divinity

PROPOSITION: In this lesson, we will look at what Jesus did not do that most people would have done given the same circumstances.

OBJECTIVE: The listener should understand that Jesus was extraordinary in His behavior.

AIM: We will conclude that Jesus was divine.


1. Read: Isaiah 53:7 – “He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth.”

2. About the Text:

1) Isaiah wrote about Jesus, 800 years before His trial, “And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth” (Isaiah 53:7b).

2) When most of us are accused, we want to answer back immediately.

3) If we are being treated unjustly, we will let others know for sure what is happening.

4) But this is not how Jesus responded to the false accusations against Him.

5) His remarkable restraint is really evidence for his extraordinary character.

3. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.

DISCUSSION: What did Jesus NOT do – A Lesson on the Divinity of Jesus

I.   Jesus did not beg for disciples.

1. Look around you today at how religious people act.

1) Many are on television practically begging for people to send in their money.

2) They will seemingly do anything if you will only follow them.

2. Jesus did not take this approach to ministry.

1) In Matthew 8:18-22 two approached Jesus about becoming disciples.

a. Jesus response to them was honest and direct.

b. The one didn’t want to leave the comforts of home.

c. The other didn’t want to leave his family ties behind.

2) In Matthew 19:16-24 Jesus spoke to a rich young ruler.

a. He told him that if he would be perfect, to sell all he had and give to the poor.

b. This man went away sorrowful, and Jesus didn’t beg him to stay.

3) In John 6:66-67 we read, “From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’”

a. Jesus didn’t beg these people to come back.

b. He wanted followers who would follow Him because of the truth He spoke.

3. How many today practically beg others to listen to them, but Jesus didn’t.

II.  Jesus did not respond in kind to his accusers.

1. 1 Peter 2:21-23 – “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth’; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”

2. Matthew 26:62-63 – “And the high priest arose and said to Him, ‘Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?’ But Jesus kept silent….”

3. Matt.27:13-14 “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?’ But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly.”

4. Matthew 27:30-31 – “Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”

5. How many would have insisted on having a defense, but Jesus didn’t?

III. Jesus did not condemn those who put Him on the cross.

1. Read Matthew 27:39-44

2. Instead, Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”

3. Even the thief on the cross who mocked him at first later repented.

4. Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).

5. How many would have condemned those involved for killing an innocent person?

6. How many would have answered hateful words with more hateful words, but Jesus didn’t?

IV.  Jesus did seek to escape the cross.

1. Matthew 16:21 – “From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”

2. Matthew 26:53 – “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?”

CONCLUSION: A lesson on the divinity of Jesus

1. What Jesus didn’t do proves He was not an ordinary human, but divine!

1) He didn’t beg for disciples.

2) He didn’t respond in kind to his accusers.

3) He didn’t condemn those who put Him on the cross.

4) He didn’t seek to escape the cross.

2. Invitation