The Legend: The Making

How many times have we heard someone state that person is going to be a legend or a Hall of Famer someday?

Two such statements that I have heard of late refer to the St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. The second was Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues. But what does it take to create a legend?We learned from Part One: The Beginning that legend is defined as “an extremely famous or notorious person, especially in a field”. Some synonyms related to legend includes:

Celebrity (Johnny Carson or Jimmie Kimmell)

Star (Adam Wainwright or Lebron James)

Superstar (Garth Brooks or Kirk Cameron)

A quick review from Part One: The Beginning:

We are studying Jesus as our legend. He was born in Bethlehem in a manger in the barn to Mary & Joseph.  There was a bright shining star guiding visitors to the baby Jesus.

We also learned that Legends are not born as Legends but are created from the skills they are given. The skills must be nurtured along the way.

We fast forward thirty years from the day baby Jesus was born to when Jesus started his ministry. We are going to look at what it takes to be create a legend.

Human

You must be human to become a legend. Yes, I know you all think that Santa Claus and the likes of Robin Hood are legends and may very well be but they are fictional legends.

There are many verses of the bible that support that Jesus was human. We will use 1 Timothy 2:5 as our scripture in point.  We know that Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary and was raised as a child growing into a man of ministry.

Truth

We must believe that what the legend does is believable. 2 Peter 1:20 tells us that scripture is not a recollection from someone therefore as stated in 2 Timothy 3:16 these words of truth are breathed by God.

Setting

Jesus’ ministry started when he was 30 years old in Roman Judea where he was baptized (Obviously a man) all the way to the end in Jerusalem. The whole-time frame was 2 – 3 years as nobody is certain of his age.

Flexible Guidelines

Legends start to show the characteristics of why they will be called a legend in the future. There is no question in anyone’s mind that Yadier Molina will be considered a legend long after he retires.

God started showing his characteristics when he started his ministry. Matthew 3:16 follows the baptism of Jesus.  As we move forward we will see that Jesus was one-of-a-kind.

          Extraordinary

What sets a legend apart from others his what is completed is extraordinary.

John 2:1-11 shows us the miracle Jesus performed by turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana.

Not something a human can do but Jesus walked on water. This was written in the scriptures Matthew 14:22-23, Mark 6:45-52, and John 6:16-21.

          Helping Others

Most legends are doing things to help others. Name a future sports legend that doesn’t do things to help others.  Albert Pujols has a foundation that honors God and strengthen families through their works, deeds and efforts.

God helped many people during his ministry time. Although there are many more, we concentrated on a few of them just to exemplify what we are saying.

  • Jesus heals many sick and oppressed at evening (Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 1:32-34, Luke 4:40-41)
  • Jesus heals a man who was unable to speak (Matthew 9:32-34)
  • Jesus heals a man with dropsy on the Sabbath (Luke 14:1-6)
  • Jesus Restores sight to Bartimaeus in Jericho (Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43)
  • There are two episodes that we want to center on where Jesus provides for us. Please keep in mind, that we do learn later that everything we own belongs to God and that everything we need is provided by God.

          Provides

  • Jesus feeds 5,000 plus women and children (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-15)
  • Jesus feeds 4,000 plus women and children (Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-13)

Milestones

We are using “Milestones” here in the context of accomplishments that will never be repeated. We will look at three of them:

  •  Jesus raises a widow’s son from the dead in Nain (Luke 7:11-17)
  • Jesus raises Jairus daughter back to life (Matthew 9:18, 23-26, Mark 5:21-24, 35-43, Luke 8:40-42, 49-56)
  • Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead in Bethany (John 11:1-45)

Protection

  • Jesus drives out an evil spirit from a man in Capernaum (Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:31-36)
  • Jesus calms a storm on the sea (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25)

Leadership

  • Joshua 1:8-9 shows us that the bible was created as a rule book or a life’s operating manual.
  • The bible has many instances where Jesus teaches us how to be disciples. Starting from Matthew 4:19 “Follow me and I will make you fishermen of men”, to his most famous direction – The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20.

Conclusion

In part one we learn of our legend being born. In our time when an offspring is born we have no idea at that time if they will be a legend or not but with Jesus some had the advance knowledge that was the case.

Today we learned what went into creating a legend. Now not every legend will have all these qualities and there are probably some that were left out.

Next: we learn what amazing thing he does that truly makes him a legend. See you all next week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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