Jesus’ Optimism

Sermon Scriptures

2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:32-33;2 Corinthians 10:5

The optimism of Jesus

How do we normally define optimism? We all know people who refuse to appear unhappy, discouraged, or even irritated.  They always seem to be happy-go-lucky no matter what situation abounds.  Sometimes its genuine, and other times we know it’s a facade and a stubborn refusal to face the facts.

  • Jesus faced the facts, spoke the facts, taught the facts, and did not waver. 
  • He expects His followers to do the same.

If you insist upon defining an optimist as a man who plays only with sunbeams, and who can hear nothing but harmonies, and who is slightly concerned with the world’s agonies and tragedies because of his fancy that no matter what he or anyone else does everything is certain to come out all right, then Jesus was not an optimist. Edward Jefferson

  • Jesus did not live a life free of difficulty, yet was able to be a true optimist.
    • How can we define optimism as Jesus would?
    • How can we imitate this characteristic of Jesus?    

Principles To Consider:

  1. Jesus’ abiding confidence in God
  2. Jesus’ abiding confidence in us
  3. Jesus’ expectation for our optimism

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