Have you ever thought of the New Testament leadership lessons about Jesus Christ?
Jesus’ actions along with his spoken words convey the skills of a influential leader and teacher?
Most people think about Jesus Christ as a great teacher of the spoken word. However, the actions of Jesus are also extremely powerful.
The Verbal Teachings of Jesus Are Powerful
The words that Jesus spoke and the stories and parables that Jesus taught have no equal. The teachings of Jesus caused many people to be amazed, even the religious leaders who heard him teach. The New Testament gives evidence of this,
The Jews were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?” Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.” (John 7:15-16)
The statements of the Nazarene are the best lessons known to humanity. However, there are many lessons that people often ignore when it comes to the teachings of Christ. These teachings are not his words but rather they are his actions.
Jesus’ Actions Were As Powerful As His Teachings
What Jesus did was as powerful as what he said. A perfect example of this can be seen in an encounter that Christ was engaged in while dealing with a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery.
“Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
“No, Lord,” she said.
And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” (John 8:1-11)
Some Very Important Questions About the Actions of Jesus
What Jesus did proved to more important than anything he said in this situation. Here are a few questions to consider about the actions of Jesus:
- What did Jesus do when he refused to speak about the accusations that were made about the woman?
- What was the accusing group of religious people seeing when Jesus bent down and began to right in the sand?
- What was Jesus writing in the sand that caused the elders in the group to drop their rocks first and walk away from the woman they were accusing?
- Could Jesus have written out the sins of the accusers of the woman in the sand?
- Could he have been quietly giving these men time to think about their mistakes and failures as he wrote in the sand?
After kneeling and writing in the sand Jesus made only one statement to the crowd, ““All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”
What Jesus did was as important as what he said!
What do you think Jesus was doing when he bent down and wrote in the sand?