Jesus the Pattern -1 The Commoner
by Theodore Cottingham
Copyright 2006 Theodore Cottingham
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Introduction to The New Beginning Series
The New Beginning Series booklets provide a foundation for taking us beyond the past and into the future. The groundwork is laid out for a new identity of who we are, what we are, where we came from, why we are here on earth, and where we go from here.
I began writing The New Beginning Series booklets in 2006 while in England. There several months, I wrote the first booklets of Jesus the Pattern, The New Covenant, The Priesthood of All Believers, and The Kingdom of Heaven. I have chosen to not change those booklets hardly at all even though much revelation knowledge has come since then.
Jesus the Pattern – 2 I think I wrote mostly in 2008, and Booklet – 3 in 2009. Booklet – 4 was written in 2015 mostly, and Booklet – 5 was written in 2017. It seems important that you know how things progressed, even through all of Database One and subsequent Databases, the Booklets I’ve written, and how I now have become Grace in two shoes Cottingham.
I pray to you to begin the Series with Booklet 1 and proceed to build in each one as I did in writing them. I love you and bless you for reading and studying Jesus the Pattern, and becoming it in your shoes, the real you, the Christ of one.
Other booklets in this series include:
Jesus the Pattern – 1 The Commoner
The great commission is to do what Jesus did right here right now, regardless of our vocation or label. Jesus became the message so we follow to do what he did.
Jesus the Pattern – 2 A New View
This opens our eyes to see Jesus as emerging leader, a radical, reformer, educator, and revolutionary; one that demonstrated that visible empirical reality is not true reality at all.
Jesus the Pattern – 3 A New Path
Leading to give us an example to do likewise, leadership emerges to change worlds.
Jesus the Pattern – 4 A New Reality
Leading to give us an example to do likewise, leadership emerges to change worlds.
Jesus the Pattern – 5 The New Kingdom of True Israel
Jesus defeated death by defeating ignorance, now we know how to continue to create the Race of God, creating it the creators of, we now create The Promised Land.
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Jesus the Pattern -1
Table of Contents
Man shall live by … 3
Jesus’ life as a child 4
Jesus learned the voice of his father 5
Jesus learned to let father teach him 6
Jesus learned how to learn 6
Jesus learned that the scriptures are not ultimate authority 8
Jesus learned what scriptures applied to him 10
Jesus learned that scriptures addressed his “now” 11
Jesus learned the values of his father. 12
Jesus learned to die to what others thought, said, and did 14
Jesus learned to die to the values and appearance of this world 15
Jesus learned how to become a priest unto God 16
Jesus learned how to see into the kingdom of heaven 17
Jesus learned how to enter the kingdom of heaven 18
Jesus learned how to become one with the father 20
Understanding the message of the pattern 20
Your reward for birthing the patternship of the pattern 23
Next step 26
The great commission is to be what Jesus became, to give what he gave, receive what he received, experience what he experienced, bringing forth the life of our father to be not separate, regardless of our vocation.
1 John 2:6 tells us that, Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.
1 Peter 2:21 says that Jesus left us an example, and we are to follow in his steps.
Jesus said in John 14:12, In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones….”
For us to walk as Jesus did, and follow in his steps, we must venture into God in ways never before thought possible. Consider the verses above and how they are giving us direct instruction for how we are to be living here right now. Jesus brought us revision of the Mosaic law. He brought into the practice of serving God the importance of one’s heart, thoughts, and motives. Jesus took us way beyond the practice of “serving God” to truly “knowing God.”
Jesus was a teacher. He went about doing good, healing people, and speaking often of his father, and told us we have the same father. He taught about the kingdom of heaven and revealed to us how to enter it by giving us the words our father had given him.
He seemed to have a special relationship with God yet consistently identified himself as a man just like other men, and bringing emphasis to it by calling himself, son of man. It appears that Jesus greatly desired to show others that he was not categorically superior to anyone else, but that in every way he was exactly like we are; that we all are one family.
Jesus’ life affected the world more than any person. His life is a model of leadership yet his servanthood permeates his leadership, and his leadership permeates his servanthood. His servanthood and his leadership were in fact the very same. Servanthood and leadership are inextricable.
Matthew 16:24 Jesus said, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be.
When Jesus said “follow me” he also told us in Matthew 16:25 that, For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
This is an invitation to enter in to a process of exploration and adventure; an invitation to allow God to begin to speak to you through the pages of this book to see that Jesus is our pattern and we truly are to walk as he walked, do as he did, and become as he became.
This booklet in an invitation to see Jesus as the pattern for your life.
Jesus was a human being. He came in the flesh. He valued the scriptures. He learned to pray, becoming a person of prayer even as a child. He became a carpenter. All during these years Jesus learned to be still and hear the voice of his father. This is how Jesus’ father was able to impart into Jesus all that he had to learn. Father taught, Jesus learned.
Through this relationship of interaction with father directly, Jesus learned father’s love, father’s heart, and how father desires to show us the kingdom of heaven so all will enter it in the here and now.
Jesus often referred to himself as the son of man to help us realize that he in every way was just like we are; born of flesh. Instead of us ascribing special powers to Jesus and us thinking we can never be like him, let us consider many scriptures that show us that Jesus’ desire all along was to show us how we are to do what he did, and how when he said, “follow me,” he was telling us to learn to do so.
Jesus did not “do” the things he did, he “let” them be done through him.
Jesus had to learn how to let these things be done through him, and he learned it. And we must learn it.
Jesus said I of my own self can do nothing.
John 5:19 I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself;
Jesus said that he did not do the works, but that his father did them.
John 14:10 …the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
Jesus said that he did only what he saw the father do.
John 5:19 the Son can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
Jesus said that he said only what he heard from the father.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwells in me.
Jesus said that he had given us the glory that father had given to him.
John 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.
Jesus said that he had given to us the words that father had given to him.
John 17:8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me.
Jesus was able to do what he did because he learned the voice of his father, and his father taught him how to do these things, or let these things be done through him.
When Jesus told us that man is not to live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the father, he was describing to us the way we can live life that allows us to enter the kingdom of heaven – true reality – while here on this earth.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the father.
In that simple short sentence Jesus has given to each of us the key to living the life that he lived, one that was in constant communion with the father, where father was continuously giving Jesus words and pictures. The words and pictures that came into his mind from father were life-giving. They were not words of good or evil, they were words of life.
Jesus said in John 6:63 The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.
Note also that Jesus said the words he had spoken are spirit. When we hear words, we give them abode in us, or we refuse them. We let those words live in us, dwell in us, or we put them out of us. The words we accept we let live within us, giving them space, giving them place, giving them honor by giving them room inside of us.
In John 8:37, Jesus said …you have no room for my word. Each and every one of us choose the words, word patterns, clauses, phrases, and combinations of words that we give room to in our being.
As powerful as the words we hear are, the words we speak are even more powerful than the words we hear.
Matthew 15:10-11 Jesus said, Hear, and understand: Not that which goeth into the mouth defiles a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defiles a man.
In Matthew 12:34 Jesus said, …for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Thus our heart is linked to our mouth and the words we speak. We speak what our heart has received, welcomed, and given place.
So what is our heart? The word “heart” here is translated from the Greek word kardia which speaks of the thoughts or feelings, the mind. Apparently the words heart and mind could be interchanged at the will of the translator. What our mind is full of, our mouth speaks. Our mind is full of thoughts, thoughts being formed of word combinations that form pictures and images inside of us.
The words, word patterns, and images inside of us create the world we know. Jesus learned how God the father spoke into his mind. He learned to differentiate the words of his intellect from the words of his father. Our father was then able to teach Jesus how to see the kingdom of heaven while he walked the earth, how to enter the kingdom of heaven while he walked the earth, and how to reveal the kingdom of heaven to us, so that we would do the same. This is what is meant by “follow me”.
The world we live in barrages us with words but are they words that incarcerate us, limit us, allowing us to only see through a glass darkly what is really real? Or do the words given to us, spoken to us, preached to us, taught to us in schools, actually set us free to operate in the fullness of God’s design?
There were many words of Jesus’ culture that tried to define to him the world he lived in, what God was, where God was, how God was to be served; as well as how life in general was to be lived. But Jesus learned something early in life that transformed his life; he learned to pray, he learned to value the scriptures, the scriptures helped him learn how to hear the voice of his father. His father then taught him who he was, leading him to experience a process that brought forth the fullness of maturity in him to be who he was, allowing him to do what he did. Jesus broke the authority of the words that had been given him that were not congruent with father’s heart. And Jesus is our pattern.
Jesus was born to common people in common settings without affluence or privilege. He had other brothers and had to learn as a child all the things every person must learn during childhood. He had to learn how to speak the language, how to read and write, and how to count numbers. He had to learn how to play with other children.
He had to learn how to communicate with others and represent things accurately in his conversations. He had to learn how to keep from embellishing the facts, overstating or understating what he was discussing. He had to learn how to be sensitive to others, sometimes speaking, sometimes asking questions, sometimes just listening.
Jesus spent much time learning the scriptures even as child because we know that when he was twelve years old, he was able to converse with temple leaders, listening to them and asking them questions.
Luke 2:41-47 Now Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
This passage in Luke gives us remarkable insight into Jesus as a twelve year old.
His knowledge of scripture was extensive, not just in fact, but in concept. This is evident because he not only asked good questions, he provided some answers to their questions. A person’s questions and answers both reveal the level of understanding of a subject.
Jesus spent much time in the scriptures reading them, learning them, plumbing their depths, linking statements and phrases.
Jesus thought on the scriptures. He thought about them. Weeks and months and years went by as he applied himself to the scriptures, studying them, and memorizing them. Jesus quoted the Old Testament scriptures many times in his teachings, especially from the book of Isaiah.
As Jesus spent many hours letting the words of the scriptures abide in him and dwell in his consciousness, he began to be conscious of thoughts that would come into in his mind. He began to recognize that these thoughts seemed to come from inside of him. These thoughts were not from an external voice but a voice there inside of him that his mind began to recognize as the voice of his father … the teacher.
Matthew 23:10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.
Jesus was speaking of the father, calling his father, the Christ.
This is what Jesus began to experience, the recognition of God the father teaching him directly. This was exactly what was prophesied in the Old Testament by the prophet Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant:
Jeremiah 31:33 this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
The Old Testament laws dealt with rules, the performance of external regulations, administered by the priesthood of the few. The priesthood was changed from being a few people to including everyone. This was our father’s heart all along, for us to know his voice directly so that he could teach us fully who he is, who we are, and how to operate in the fullness of the kingdom of heaven here on earth.
Hebrews 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Thus the law was changed to reflect this accordingly. The law was no longer a set of external codified regulations that were a type and shadow of the real, but the real law, that of love, placed inside of every one of us. God wrote his law, his heart, upon the inside of all of us, and speaks to us by speaking into our consciousness. This is the operation of The New Covenant.
As Jesus began to recognize increasingly the voice of his father, something began to form in him. What was forming in him was the revelation of God, being formed by God himself through the words that became the thoughts that Jesus surrendered to.
Jesus let the words of the father become preeminent in the areas father spoke to him about. He chose to believe the words that came into his mind from father as being more real than the words of his culture. He chose to believe the words that came forth from inside of him, that he believed were from God, to the extent that he let those words redefine reality to him. This allowed him to begin to see and enter the kingdom of heaven while he walked the earth. Thus Jesus let his fleshly mind, his carnal mind, become slain.
Jesus surrendered to the words in him given him by the father during the process of many hours. He valued those words going over and over them in his mind, letting his mind become transformed solely into the mind of Christ, his father.
As Jesus spent time with the words given to him by father, he pondered them in his heart, and gave those words priority over all other words. He let those words dwell in him, and he learned how to abide in them. He let those words create the transformation process inside of him such that at some point, he began to become those words. These hours allowed transformation to take place in a process of development. His very being began to be transformed into the likeness of God, by the words of God directly into him.
When the process was complete, he was the exact representation of God, the express image of his person, because he had become the word made flesh. He had become a new man, a new creation, perfect, incorruptible, and sinless. Through all this process, he became the first begotten of the father, the firstborn from the dead, the firstfruits of them that sleep; he had now become the same as his father, the Christ.
Jesus became as a little child to let the father teach him about father’s world. Without becoming as a little child Jesus could not have seen the kingdom of heaven here on the earth, for he would have thought the learned peoples of his day represented the true source of higher learning. Jesus had learned how to be still and hear father’s voice by obeying the following verses;
Psalms 46:10, Be still, and know that I am God.
Habakkuk 2:20 the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
Zephaniah 1:7 Be silent before the Sovereign LORD….
In this process, Jesus learned how to learn. Jesus learned that the source and center of all learning was truly the voice of his father inside of him. He could not have learned this without taking time to be still and listen for that voice of father within.
The process of being still to hear the voice of father within you cannot be underestimated. It cannot be short-circuited. There are no short cuts. We each one must learn how to mature in not only hearing God’s voice, but in our understanding of it, and “following” it.
Matthew 13:11-12 Jesus said, The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you…. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
As we learn to be still, we can give our father’s words room to grow within us. And the more we have of his words the more we will be given of God by God. God will not limit us, but teach us about all things.
1 John 2:20 … ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
1 John 2:27 … the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught you, you shall abide in him.
Let us consider the word “all.” Father will teach us about all things. All things include the formation of the universe, the makeup of space, time, gravity, DNA construction, medicine, quantum mechanics, etc. There is nothing that our father has withheld from us. He has given us the completion of himself along with all power and authority to operate in it, but only as we surrender to him.
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Jesus probably had access to the book of Daniel that told of Daniel and his three friends being wiser than all the other wise people of that nation. Note the source of their superior knowledge and understanding as stated in the verses below. Note also that the superior knowledge and understanding that God gave them was in the areas of “all kinds of literature and learning.”
Daniel 1:17-20 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning…. At the end of the time set by the king to bring them in, The king Nebuchadnezzar talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah…. In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
Note the range and scope of excellence God had given these four men. Just as God had given wisdom and knowledge to the four men in the book of Daniel, Jesus learned God’s anointing was for every vocation and that God himself would come and anoint the skill and learning that each person attained. Note also that God did this as recorded in Exodus with the building of the temple.
Exodus 31:1-6 Then the LORD said to Moses, See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship. Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you.
Note again how God gave to people skill, ability, knowledge to engage in all kinds of workmanship. Note that he gave skill to “the craftsmen,” those who had already exercised diligence to learn and operate with excellence at what they did.
In learning how to learn from father, realize that his teaching is in words, pictures, revelation, and all flows into experiences and through experiences where you act on what he has given you, what he shows you, tells you, reveals to you. This learning process is experiential and transformative. You don’t just do transactions, you become. And then your doing comes out of your being.
It was during these years of process that Jesus learned that the scriptures were not his ultimate authority, but the voice of his father inside of him was. The same is true for each of us today.
Jesus frequently challenged the scribes and Pharisees who placed more emphasis on the written scriptures than they did having a living relationship with the living God. Even today, people who value their religious “book” of scripture more than knowing God directly make the very same mistake the Pharisees did.
The scriptures speak much about God, but are not God. Scriptures may speak of the real but cannot birth the real. The scriptures are a type and shadow of the real; ink on paper.
Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
As much as Jesus valued the scriptures, he knew that having the scriptures did not bring one into eternal life, and he addressed it this way:
John 5:39-40 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
Jesus learned what scriptures were God’s heart and which ones were not. In Matthew 5 Jesus brought revision to six areas of the law. Jesus revised how the law dealt with murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, revenge, and loving neighbors, hating enemies.
Matthew 5:21-22 You have heard that it was said… Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment. But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.
Matthew 5:27-28 You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery. But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
Matthew 5:33-35 Again, you have heard that it was said, Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord. But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
Matthew 5:38-41 You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Matthew 5:43-45 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Jesus brought modification to the established law of the religious. He brought the revelation that the internal motive of a person is more important than their external performance of a religious requirement. A person’s internal motive is all important. He spoke of doing things not to be seen by men, but in secret, allowing God to reward each one openly.
Jesus went about teaching about the kingdom of heaven, doing miracles, talking about his father, and telling others they had the same father that he did.
Jesus then taught people to pray not like the Pharisees who wanted to be seen, but to address God as their father, giving us a model prayer. Jesus was redefining how God is seen and thought about.
John 20:17 Jesus said, …and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Matthew 23:9 Jesus said, Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
This was revolutionary!
Jesus let the scriptures lead him to a certain point, but he did not then let the scriptures limit his growth in knowing God. Jesus did not let just the scriptures speak to him by what had been written previously, he let the mind of Christ his father be formed in him completely by allowing father to teach him freely about all things.
Jesus let the scriptures be, as it were, a tutor or schoolmaster, as Paul refers to:
Galatians 3:24-25 … the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
Jesus realized the value of scriptures and valued them accordingly. He also recognized that scriptures do not always reflect God’s heart and desire for us, thus recognizing their limitation in bringing us to the fullness of knowing our father.
Let us do as Jesus our pattern did. Let us value the scriptures and let them help us reach the point in God where father’s voice is recognized and becomes our primary source of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. This is the only way we will learn to operate fully in his kingdom while here on earth.
Let us recognize that many scriptures are given by God and reflect his heart and his kingdom, but that all scriptures do not. Many interpretations are convoluted, and have been for centuries. It is for us to ask father about directly, discuss with others who are surrendered to God’s fullness, and to work out our own salvation while we let father’s voice continue to reveal his mind directly into our mind.
Some may think that Jesus had full knowledge of all the scriptures that applied to him, but let us remember that Jesus was tempted in every way like every other person. Jesus came as flesh as all flesh does, in a womb 9 months and then out as a baby not knowing anything. Jesus was human, he was a man. He had to have gone through periods of serious doubt and introspection evaluating what prophecies applied to him and how, how, how all this would occur. He had to have questioned whether he had the ability to fulfill what he saw as applying to him.
To see the value of what Jesus did for us, we must see not his deity, but his humanness. Jesus was born with no special powers. Every aspect of deity was laid aside for him to come simply, as one of us.
Philippians 2:7 Jesus made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Hebrews 2:16-17 Jesus took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things Jesus was made like his brethren ….
It is in seeing, realizing, and comprehending Jesus’ humanity that we can begin to see what he did for us, what he gave us, what he revealed to us, showing us our father, and the kingdom that we have been given to operate in; the kingdom of heaven.
It is through this understanding that we can truly see Jesus as our pattern.
We must study the scriptures just as Jesus did, and let our father reveal to us the scriptures that apply to us here and now. Jesus had to open his heart and mind to allow father to teach him, so must we.
If we are not open to the fact that there are many scriptures that apply to us to learn what he learned, to become as he became, then we will miss the message of the life of the pattern – that we are to become as our pattern.
Jesus was not born knowing what scriptures applied to him, he had to learn them. Just as it was imperative that Jesus learn the scriptures that applied to him, so it is for all of us as well.
Jesus learned that the scriptures were not just a mixture of history and prophecy dealing with time past and time future’d. He learned how to understand the scriptures without regard to time. He learned to see that all the scriptures address the now. For Jesus, it was his now, meaning that all the old testament scriptures that he had access to helped him see reality at that moment.
Consider Jesus feeding the 5,000. Luke 9:11-17 Jesus welcomed the crowds and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here. He replied, You give them something to eat. They answered, We have only five loaves of bread and two fish–unless we go and buy food for all this crowd. About five thousand men were there. But he said to his disciples, Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each. The disciples did so, and everybody sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to set before the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Jesus knew that God had caused food to be multiplied with Elisha:
2 Kings 4:42-44 A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe grain, along with some heads of new grain. “Give it to the people to eat,” Elisha said. “How can I set this before a hundred men?” his servant asked. But Elisha answered, “Give it to the people to eat. For this is what the LORD says: ‘They will eat and have some left over.'” Then he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the LORD.
Jesus knew about Melchizedek bringing bread and wine to Abram (Genesis 14:18).
Jesus knew that God had given Abram all the land Abram could see (Genesis 13:15) as well as promising Abram his descendants would be a numerous as the stars of heaven (Genesis 15:5). He knew that God established a body broken in two, and blood, as part of acknowledging his covenant with Abram (Genesis 15:8-17).
Jesus knew the leadership exhibited by Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Nehemiah, etc.
Jesus knew how the children of Israel were made slaves in Egypt, and how they are a picture of humanity today.
Jesus knew that the promise that God gave the Israelites of his Promised Land that represented the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus knew that the promise God gave to the Israelites during their lifetime extended to us entering the kingdom of heaven during our lifetime.
Knowing these things, or to state this more accurately, Jesus having learned these things from the scriptures and then letting himself be taught by our father directly, Jesus became the first person to enter the kingdom of heaven while still living here in the flesh.
The reason Jesus could going about teaching the kingdom of God is that he had experienced it by letting father open the kingdom of heaven up to him. That is exactly what God desires to do for all of us, to open our eyes to what he has prepared for us.
To do this we must allow the scriptures to speak to us not like as in times past, with it seeming to address the past and the future. We must see them as historical, prophetic, and also how they show us our own here and now.
Here are a few examples of the values that Jesus learned from our father.
Jesus learned that father valued meekness, in fact, it was one of his most valued values. Father chose the meekest man on the earth to lead the Israelites out of slavery.
Numbers 12:3 Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all the men which were upon the face of the earth.
Matthew 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus learned about father’s emphasis on love, even to the extent of telling us of the imperative to love every person, even those who hate us, curse us, and use us wrongfully.
Matthew 5:44-45 Jesus said, I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus learned that a person’s reward from father comes from the motive of that person in doing something, rather than from the doing of an action by itself.
Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus learned that father valued us forgiving others of their trespasses.
Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if you forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Jesus learned that father wants far more for us than we want for ourselves.
Matthew 7:11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Jesus learned that father was far more concerned with an interactive relationship with a person than them doing all sorts of good works.
Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me.
Jesus learned the value of anointing others and taught his disciples to do it. He knew that God had instituted the practice of anointing kings and priests as reflected in many Old Testament scriptures, and he knew that father’s heart was for all of us to operate as kings and priests. When he sent out his disciples, they anointed those they prayed for.
Mark 6:7 And Jesus called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits; Mark 6:12-13 And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.
Jesus had a profound respect for children.
Matthew 18:5 Jesus said, Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
Matthew 11:25 Jesus said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes.
Jesus learned that father cares very much about the word father and how it is used.
Matthew 23:9 Jesus said, Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Learning the values of our father is to learn about the kingdom of heaven. As we make our father’s values our values, our thinking must change. As our belief system changes our behavior must change. Our present world then begins to be turned upside down. Other people will challenge us and make us question what we are learning. It is in this process we begin to experience a cost in following Jesus that is rarely spoken of.
Hebrews 5:8 Although Jesus was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.
Jesus experienced significant suffering, even as a child. For just like Joseph had a dream that his brothers bowed down to him, Jesus’ birth had been announced by an angel, and his brothers knew this, along with the stories of Jesus’ birth their parents told them. Joseph’s brothers hated him for his dream and sold him into slavery. Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him and acted with contempt, telling him he needed to go promote himself if he was going to be a public figure.
John 7:2-5 … when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him.
Oh that an entire family could see that Jesus is the pattern for all of their lives and quest into that pattern together, all encouraging each other, all giving each other great leeway to interact, discuss, and advance synergistically together in becoming the pattern.
When a person begins to comprehend and quest into being the pattern God gave us in the here and now to follow into the kingdom of heaven, the path is circuitous, unpredictable, and often misunderstood by others, especially those closest.
Consider these words of Jesus from Matthew 10:34-36 Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.
When one person in a family begins to enter The Pattern, and begins to operate outside of their cultural norms, those around them often cease to be encouragers and become the opposite, often inflicting great emotional stress on themselves and all those around them. So the need of learning to “eat” the words of Isaiah 11:3 become of paramount importance in one’s quest for following our pattern into the kingdom.
Isaiah 11:3 He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.
Luke 14:26-27 If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Luke 14:33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
Jesus learned to live not by the sight of his eyes or the hearing in his ears, but by the words of his father. Thus he did not let circumstances dictate to him. What people did and what they said did not pull him back into his fleshly sense logic, or the feelings of a natural man, but he increasingly learned how to remain in a state of peace that surpassed all the understanding of this present world, a peace that allowed him always to be able to hear his father speak.
John 7:24 Jesus said, Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
In following Jesus our pattern, we must learn to die not only to the words of other people we care about, we must in fact die to what we have been taught that is not congruent with what God begins to teach us directly by his voice inside of us.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
1 Corinthians 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
We might have spent years learning the wisdom of this world, especially as it relates to the scriptures and our spiritual worship. We have often surrendered to the words that we have been given by others as truth, thinking they have more insight into Godly matters than we do. We may say we want to know God and know him intimately but when God begins to reveal how different he is, and how different his ways are, and how different the kingdom of heaven operates than this world, it can be extremely challenging. Let us not kid ourselves about the difficulty to die to what we have held as truth. It is not often easy to leave behind the vain philosophies of this world that have been entrenched for hundreds of years that we have held as truth.
Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
In the revelation of truth there is an element of suffering. To receive the revelation of truth-giving life, we must die to what we have previously held on to as truth. We must in fact lay down our life that conformed to the rudimentary elements of this world that everyone praises the mastery of, and then pick up our new lives in Christ.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
There is suffering involved to find and enter the truth, but oh the glory, the magnificent splendor, the kingdom of heaven opened to us here and now; the Promised Land father promised us now ours. And it is here for us to receive and enter now, not upon our physical death. If we die now to this world and become one with father, death has no hold on us ever again.
Will we all suffer somehow? Jesus did. Jesus is our pattern.
2 Corinthians 1:5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.
Philippians 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
2 Timothy 3:12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps.
Is it worth it? All that father gave unto Jesus, Jesus has given unto us.
John 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one.
1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him.
Jesus learned how to become a priest – not of religion – but of God.
Hebrews 2:16-17 For Jesus took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things Jesus was made like his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God.
Jesus became a priest not according to the Law of Moses or the established Aaronic priesthood.
Hebrews 7:14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah, and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.
So how did Jesus learn that he was a priest? Jesus had learned to value the scriptures and had learned how scripture applied to him in the here and now. Jesus learned how Isaiah 61 applied to him and every son and daughter of God becoming a priest.
Isaiah 61:6 … ye shall be named the Priests of the LORD: men shall call you the Ministers of our God.
Jesus knew the Psalms and knew that Psalm 110 addressed every person, and declared the priesthood was not given or authorized by man, but by God; and that it was established after the order of Melchizedek.
Psalms 110:4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus did not do the things he did because he was privileged. He was not born with any prior knowledge of how anything worked or operated. He was born of flesh and had to learn it from the scriptures and through the words that father gave into his mind, all interactively through the things that he suffered.
Jesus was a priest long before his public ministry. It was the operating in his priesthood even as a carpenter that allowed him to develop and mature as he did. He learned that God was not interested in the blood of bulls and goats, because father had stated that in Isaiah chapter one, written hundreds of years previous.
Isaiah 1:11-17 The LORD says, “I do not want all these sacrifices. I have had enough of your burnt sacrifices of male sheep and fat from fine animals. I am not pleased by the blood of bulls, lambs, and goats. You come to meet with me, but who asked you to do all this running in and out of my Temple’s rooms? Don’t continue bringing me worthless sacrifices! I hate the incense you burn. I can’t stand your New Moons, Sabbaths, and other feast days; I can’t stand the evil you do in your holy meetings. I hate your New Moon feasts and your other yearly feasts. They have become a heavy weight on me, and I am tired of carrying it. When you raise your arms to me in prayer, I will refuse to look at you. Even if you say many prayers, I will not listen to you, because your hands are full of blood. Wash yourselves and make yourselves clean. Stop doing the evil things I see you do. Stop doing wrong. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Punish those who hurt others. Help the orphans. Stand up for the rights of widows.”
Isaiah 1:18 The LORD says, “Come, let us talk about these things.”
Jesus talked with father about these things and father revealed his heart, and how all these things of the old law were but type and shadows of the real. Father valued the hearts of people interacting with him directly. None of the hierarchical systems that developed in religion were of father’s heart.
Jesus took the time to learn father’s voice, let father speak, and father revealed everything that he needed, to know father intimately. Inherent in this process was the revelation that allowed Jesus to see the kingdom of heaven, and then enter it, while still a man walking the earth.
We know that at times people have been able to see through the veil that separates the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of this world. One such example is with
2 Kings 6:15-17 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
When Jesus fed the crowd of five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread, how did he do it? Jesus knew that there is no lack in the kingdom of heaven and he had learned how to see into it. He could see that all the fish and bread needed to satisfy the appetites of all those people were right at his fingertips.
Matthew 14:14-20 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals. But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; you give them to eat. And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
Jesus could see what he needed to see that had already happened, far from his line of vision. How? He could see into the kingdom of heaven. It was not afar off somewhere else. It was right there, all around him. The molecular did not form his reality.
John 1:47-48 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said to him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! How do you know me? Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.
Jesus did not learn how to operate in the “miraculous”, he learned to operate in the real.
Jesus had learned to trust the words of his father more than the appearance of reality around him. Having learned how to live by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of his father, rather than by the principles of this world, he was able to enter the realm that exists right here upon the earth, that transcends the laws of earth.
Matthew 5:20 Jesus said, Unless your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 7:21 Jesus said, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 18:3 Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, except you change and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
John 3:5 Jesus said, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
The righteousness of Jesus exceeded that of the Scribes and Pharisees who loved their books of the law they “canonized”. Jesus did the will of his father by listening to father. Jesus changed and became as a little child. Jesus became born of water and of the spirit. Jesus entered the kingdom of heaven here on earth and continually revealed it to us by what he said and did.
Jesus learned that all power had been given to him. Thus he could heal the sick, raise the dead, walk on water, calm the storm, transport the boat, know what others were thinking, etc. All this was taught to him by our father that he might reveal our father and the kingdom to which we belong.
Luke 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
John 11:43-44 Jesus said with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Matthew 14:24-25 Out on the lake the disciples were in trouble. For the wind had risen and they were fighting heavy seas. About four o’clock in the morning Jesus came to them, walking on the water!
Luke 8:24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
John 6:21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
Luke 5:22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?
You see, the empirical nature of the kingdom of this world is not to limit you or me.
Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world….
Colossians 2:20 Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules?
Rules? Time space and gravity is not true reality, and is not to rule over us anymore.
In all that Jesus learned, he learned the most valuable early in life; he learned to know the voice of his father. Learning the voice of his father opened up life to him beyond normal life. Our father is the ultimate father, continuously imparting himself into his son so he became the fullness of the Godhead complete.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Through the revelation of The New Covenant, Jesus became the fullness of it. He became the words our father gave him that told him who he was, where he came from, and what he was to do here. He became those words in order to do those words, the words being revealed in flesh, walking the earth, revealing to us we are, limited no more, fulfilling our father’s purpose for his being here.
Jesus became one with the father when he truly surrendered to the revelation that father was not separate from him, but in him. The only way to receive this is to surrender to it. Father was the word and the son birthed it. And according to Jesus we all have exactly the same father:
John 20:17 Jesus said, …and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.
Matthew 23:9 Jesus said, Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
In John 10:30 Jesus said, I and my Father are one.
John 17:20-23 I pray also for those who will believe in me through their words, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.
Jesus is our pattern. Jesus let.
To understand the message of the pattern you must decide for yourself what you believe this life was saying to you. What words did he give us directly? Are you able to question what you were taught? Will you explore and decide for yourself? Explore what he said to us without the lens of others over your eyes. Consider it faithfully? Prayerfully? How about surrenderedly, to simply what is being said; by Jesus?
He came as one of us to show us our real true father. He showed us who we are, what we have, and how to surrender to be enter the kingdom of heaven while here on the earth, defeating death.
You are not of this world. In fact, the very same way that Jesus was not of this world, none of us are of this world.
John 17:14 … they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
In our being not of this world, we came from the same place. We all came from where Jesus came from, where Jesus originated, long before he appeared on earth.
You came into the world the very same way that Jesus did.
John 17:18 As you have sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
Jesus wants you to experience the joy he experienced.
John 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
The glory that was given Jesus, Jesus gave to you.
John 17:22 And the glory which you father gave to me, I have given them….
Jesus made no distinction who he gave the same glory to, Jesus gave it to all who would surrender their physical molecular kingdom for the kingdom unboundary’d.
Jesus was no more special to GOD than you are. Jesus wants you to know that.
John 17:23 …that the world may know that …you…have loved them, as you have loved me.
The oneness that Jesus experienced with our father, Jesus said was yours.
John 17:11 …these are in the world, …that they may be one, as we are.
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us….
John 17:22 And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one
John 17:23 I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in one;
Jesus wanted us to know we have the same father.
Jesus wanted us to know that father loves you and me the very same as he loved Jesus.
Jesus wanted us to know we came from the same place.
Jesus wanted us to know that everything he was given, we have been given.
Jesus wanted us to know that everything he walked in, we can walk in.
Jesus wanted us to know that everything he did we can do.
Jesus wanted us not to see him, but father.
Jesus was not showing us miracles for miracles sake, but showing us father’s desire for all of us. Jesus was showing us father’s heart, which limits not anyone, but in fact, gives us his all, to be his all, operate in all seamlessly.
Jesus was showing us, in every way, the operation of The New Covenant that leads into the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus is our pattern.
Jesus began the sharing of bread and wine for all of us to give bread and wine to each other. He gave us his body to be one with it as he became one with the father so we would become one with the father as he was, so we would ALL BE ONE. One body, one blood; because that is what we truly are.
Jesus is our pattern for the priesthood of all believers.
Jesus commissioned every person in the world to do what he did.
Jesus let the words, desires, and power of our father flow to forgive sins
Jesus let the words, desires, and power of our father flow to heal others
Jesus let the words of the father flow to teach others.
Jesus gave to us all that father had given to him.
Jesus became a priest and a king.
Jesus is our pattern.
Our response to seeing Jesus as our pattern is to surrender to receive what has given everyone: the right to become AS HE IS. Not WAS – IS!
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Romans 8:19 For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God.
2 Thessalonians 1:10 Whenever he comes to be glorified in his Holy Ones, he will show his wonders in his believers….
Where does “he” come? IN the ones to be glorified. THAT is the resurrection experienced. Where does HE come? IN YOU!
When you see the son of GOD – AS HE IS, you will see you.
Does Jesus “return”? No.
Does “Jesus” return? No.
What Jesus became YOU BIRTH!
The word births the word. And you’re the flesh on this earth now to BE it. ONE with it, is ONE. The first the last, the last the first, for there is only one. What HE became is birthed in you. Not separate, you birth it. You became what he became; for there is only ONE!
Jesus said in John 17: That they all shall be one, just as you, my Father, are in me, and I am in you, so that they also shall be one in us. And I have given them the glory that you have given me, so that they shall be one, just as we are one, so that the world shall believe that you have sent me. I in them and you in me, so that they shall be perfected as one….
Revelation 2:7 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Revelation 2:11 He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.
Revelation 2:17 To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.
Revelation 2:26-28 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations; He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery; just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star.
Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
Revelation 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.
Revelation 3:21 To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne.”
Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Revelation 5:10 And the lamb has made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Psalm 82:6 I have said, Gods ye are, And sons of the Most High — all of you.
John 10:34 …I SAID, YOU ARE GODS….
When Jesus said “follow me” he was inviting all of us see his life as the pattern father gave us for us to do the same as he did. Following the patternship of Jesus we can learn to walk in his footsteps, learn to learn as he learned, become what he became, do what he did, receive what he received, enter what he entered, and speak as he spoke.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Jesus did not wait until he died a physical death to enter the kingdom of heaven, he entered the kingdom of heaven while he was a man walking this earth as a man. He was the first one to ever do this.
He valued the scriptures, learned them, and learned the voice of his father. He let his father reveal to him how to surrender to become the firstborn from the dead, the firstfruit of those who sleep, and be the sacrifice lamb for all of us, once and for all. Jesus’ body was broken and his blood shed to establish the doorway for all of us to walk in The New Covenant which brings us father’s voice directly.
As we follow Jesus, we also will enter the kingdom of heaven while living here in the flesh. This is what Jesus wanted us to do! Jesus became the way, the truth, and the life, to show us the door and to actually be the door we go through to father’s house, the kingdom of heaven.
John 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Father had revealed to Jesus his role in becoming the door to the kingdom of heaven. That’s why Jesus addressed Peter like he did in the following verse.
John 13:36 Simon Peter asked him, Lord, where are you going? Jesus replied, Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.
John 14:2-4 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.
Father’s house is our house. It is the kingdom of heaven prepared for all of us. Us entering the kingdom of heaven simply requires us to surrender to the love of our true father and receive all that he has made available for to enter through Jesus the pattern.
Jesus learned to come to his father as a child with a sense of awe. He learned how to receive the love of his father and let father’s joy be manifested in him, and through him to others. Jesus was a continuous learner, he never stopped learning.
Jesus learned he could trust his father, and that his father wanted to give him more than he could ever ask for or even think of on his own.
Jesus learned the power of words. He knew that words were more than utterances of communication, words are agents of transformation. Words embody thoughts, thoughts embody pictures, pictures create. Thus actually, words create. Our words create.
He was giving us immediate insight into how he had learned how to live, how he had learned to learn, how he had learned to become who he was.
John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
John 12:24-26 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
We are to learn everything Jesus learned, and become as our pattern. Jesus is our pattern.
As Jesus learned, so must we.
Jesus learned the voice of his father, so must we.
Jesus learned to let father teach him, so must we.
Jesus learned how to learn, so must we.
Jesus learned that the scriptures are not ultimate authority, so must we.
Jesus learned what scriptures applied to him, so must we.
Jesus learned that scriptures addressed his “now”, so must we.
Jesus learned the values of his father, so must we.
Jesus learned to die to what others thought, said, and did; so must we.
Jesus learned to die to the values and appearance of this world, so must we.
Jesus learned how to become a priest unto God, so must we.
Jesus learned how to see into the kingdom of heaven, so must we.
Jesus learned how to enter the kingdom of heaven, so must we.
Jesus learned how to become one with the father, so must we.
Understanding the message of the pattern, so must we.
The father gave the pattern in the son, but the son had to develop it. The seed of the kingdom was in him, but he had to learn maturity, through what the father taught him. He suffered to learn, so too, it will cost us to learn. As we learn – it changes us – from the inside out. Our outward circumstances change, as do our values. We begin to see who we are and what our power is – to surrender – to. Being one with the one that all one is now becomes the norm, for the new beginning. And ALL things change now. Amen.
The learn’ed be.
Reread this booklet. Make notes. Ask questions of its statements in the margins. Look up the references and refer it not to an authority other; be your own. You have to; you must decide what you believe and why. You can point to no other when you stand before God as you. Separate be no more. Discuss, ponder, appreciate, consider, rethink, consideration give to the repositioning of Christ – to become it.
Read Jesus the Pattern – 2. In Jesus the Pattern booklet 2 you will find the radical nature of Christ progressed into forming something brand new: a new creation not like people find themselves in, when they really begin to seek, what Jesus was. What he consisted of, is you; just like you. Whatever your station, nation, training; be Your Pattern. Become something this world has yearned for and thought it would someone else come through. You be it. Christ comes through you, who no longer separate. You must mature, healing the healer. Do the things Jesus did.
Heal the Christ – in you; and enter the kingdom of the real, never being the same again.
Thank you for sharing these booklets, studying them, being at/in the Fellowships of One; beginning one if you have none in your location. Study the University of The New Covenant website and the documents there, and change – your life. You choose. Choose well; please and thank you.
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