Do You Really Know Jesus?

Knowing the Jesus I know.

Who was Jesus?. With out a doubt many of us have an opinion of who Jesus was. Our understanding of Him, no boubt, may vary from person to person. With out a doubt most of us christians would agree that Jesus Christ was the most loving person ever to walk this earth. I, too, agree with this statement. Based on the Holy Bible Jesus never harmed or caused harm to any one. This, too, I agree with. I believe all christians would agree that Jesus was the Son of God and He never sin in His entire life. Again, I agree. Many would also believe that Jesus healed the sick , raised the dead and casted out demons. And no doubt I also believe He did these things. Within the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we find who Jesus was. And yet many don't seem to know His true purpose for coming to this earth. Most christians believe Jesus Christ main purpose was to redeem mankind from their sins. And I agree that redemption is one of the reasons the Father in heaven sent Him. Without Jesus death on the cross redemption would not have been possible.

How most view Jesus

Most, if not all christians, view Jesus Christ as a kind and gentle man who never became angery or insulting. And for the most part this is very true. Many bible verses describes Jesus in such manner. For explample Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount which you'll find in Matthew Capters 5 through 7. In these chapters Jesus is teaching to a group that is well over 5000 people regarding the Kingdom of God. Also in the book of Mark chapter 12 verses 29-31(NKJV) Jesus is talking to a group of scribes with regards to the two greatest commandments which He states is to love God and to love our neighbors. Without a doubt Jesus made it clear that we are to love. And it's also clear, based on many verses throughout the four gospels, that this is exactly what Jesus Christ did.

Love and tolerance are not the same thing.

Is there anywhere in the four gospels where Jesus mentions tolerance as a act of love? Where in the four gospels did Jesus tolerate anything? Most christians would state that if we love our neighbor then we must also tolerate some of their actions. If an act is of a sin nature against me, by a neighbor, should I tolerate the sin out of love for my neighbor. Is this what Jesus taught? Clearly many confuse tolerance with forgiveness.

There is a very interesting story in the book of John that describes an event in which many believe Jesus had treated a situation with tolerance with regards to a woman who had sined.

The story is described in John 8: 2-11 (NKJV) which states: 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down a taugh them. 3 Then the Scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultry. And then had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him; "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultry, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law commands us that such should be stoned. But what do you say." 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them; " He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their coscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last.. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 Then Jesus raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, " Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you? 11 She said, " No one Lord." And Jesus said to her, " Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more."

Now in this story did Jesus make light of her sin? Did Jesus even state that her sin was forgiven? Did Jesus tolerate her act of adultry? The answer to all three questions is, No. But at the same time He did not condemn her either. Why? He did state to her, " Sin no more, " But was that forgiveness? No. So what is going on in this story. Why was the woman not stoned? There are some questions that needs to be asked which may shed light on what Jesus may have been thinking. First, Who and where was the man whom this woman was caught in the act of adultry. Why wasn't he brought to Jesus also? If she was caught in the very act of adultry then the man had to be with her at the time. Why did the pharsisees fail to bring the man? Second, Jesus was without sin, so he could have cast the stone first. Why didn't He? Was Jesus being tolerate? Or forgiving? Does this mean she got away with adultry with Jesus's blessings? The simple answer is, No. Because of this event it led to her faith in Jesus. Jesus knew her sin of adultry would later be pay for with Jesus Christ death on the cross. Her sin was not forgiven or tolerated. It was later pay for.

Loving, but He could be angery and insulting.

Jesus Christ love us so much that He gave His perfect life for ALL mankind. We like to view Jesus as the perfect human being in all sense of the word. Nothing about Jesus was evil. So did Jesus always hands out kind and loving words? Was Jesus ever angery at others? Could a person, like Jesus, be loving and insulting and angery at the same time? The simple answer is, "Yes." Jesus insulted a number of people. And most of the time His insults were directly at the scribes and pharsisees. The following are a number of verses in the bible where Jesus throws insults. In Matthew 23: 15-35 Jesus calls the scribes and pharsisees the following words:

Blind guides, fools, hypocrites, Blind pharsisees, serpents and brood of vipers and the list goes on in other verses in the four gospels. By directing these names or words at the scribes and pharsisees does that mean Jesus did not love these individuals? Of course He loved them. We must remember Jesus Christ died for all of us, pharsisees and scribes included.

Then in another account, Jesus make referrence to a Canaan woman and her child as dogs in Matthew 15:22-27. To most people being called or being compared to a dog in insulting.

We seem to forget that even though Jesus was kind and loving He was also blunt and direct. Jesus was not sent to this earth to baby sit mankind. He was sent to TELL us in no uncertian terms what is to happen without sugar coating it. Yes, there are great things to expect. Wonderful things that will happen to those who believe.

Jesus, the man of true integrity.

Of all the men who had walked this earth none had the pure integrity like Jesus Christ. At the risk of His own life Jesus said things that caused others to want to kill Him. At the risk of His own life, He told the truth. He did not hide the fact that He was the Son of God. He told Pilate, who was the Roman Governor of Jerusalem, in John 27:37 that Jesus was born to be a King. Needless to say this idea of Jesus being a King did not bode well with the pharsisees. They believed Jesus spoke blasphemy by admitting He was the Son of God as it is clearly explained in Matthew 26:64-65. With boldness and without fear Jesus taught in His ministry for three and half years. With integrity and boldness He taught others about the nature of the Kindom of God. And it did not matter to Him who like it or not.

Knowning Jesus.

Without a doubt Jesus Christ was a loving and kind man. But He was also fearless, blunt and direct. He was not one to pull His punches. This was the kind of Son that God sent to us. Someone who was fully capable of getting the job done while loving all of us at the same time. And what Jesus had shown and demonstrated to us is also what He expects from us. To be loving, but also fearless and bold whether others like it or not.

God bless




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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Goodness be upon you on this marvelous day that our Lord has given. How wonderful of you to speak your thoughts here and what a great tribute and open discussion of Christ.

What we say is like the new concept "word" so we say amen!


graceinus 23 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Eric- Thank you very much for your comment oand visit. I believe we all should take the time to study God's word and find out who and what Jesus was/is truly like. I think there may be some who do not understand that Jesus Christ expect us to be like Him as much as possible. Bold and fearless in our steps in Christ.

Again thanks and God bless.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

I so agree with you and there was the scripture in Mathew telling of Jesus turning over the money tables in the temples. Hard to picture that but it is so and it was His love for the Father seeing His house used this way. ^+


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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

Wonderful things do happen to those who believe and they also happen to those who do not because God's love extends to ALL

Angels are on the way to you this morning.. pa


graceinus 23 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Jackie Lynnley- Thank you for your comment. I hope this article helps others to understand more about our Lord Jesus Christ.

Many blessings to you.


graceinus 23 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

pstraubie48- Your comment and visit is very much welcomed. I agree with you. During Jesus Christ ministry He spread the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and this is one of the most wonderful things we could have along with redemption through Christ.

God Bless


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celafoe 23 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

Pstrauble48 - God 's love clearly is there for ALL to accept and enjoy the fruits of, but i do not know of a scripture that says He gives any wonderful things to the unbelievers unless they first accept His love and repent. Can you clarify your comment for me?


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celafoe 23 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

Grace - excellet article and well presented


graceinus 23 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

celafoe- Thank you so much for your comment and your visit. I always look forward to your comments of truth and insight.

Many, many blessing to you my brother. graceinus.


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PlanksandNails 23 months ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Graceinus,

Most of the world have families and careers and they love to discuss the business of church, economy, weather, sports, politics etc.., but you will come across very few who desire to discuss the Kingdom of God because it has very little, if any impact on their lives.

The kingdom of God is meant to be have lifelong and dynamic changing impact on an individual's life, but has little significance and is unknown to many.

Jesus Christ was the visible representative of the Kingdom while he was on the earth and he put it into action. He loved to share and be an example of the Kingdom. Unfortunately, many are NOT following his example believing the kingdoms of men called Church is the Kingdom of God.

Many say they know Jesus, but it is another "Jesus" because they do not follow the example attested in Scripture.

Thank-you for sharing about the true Kingdom of God. God Bless!


graceinus 23 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

PandN- What many fail to understand is during His ministry Jesus Christ represented the nature of the Kingdom of God. Every word He spoke and every deed He performed represented God's Kingdom nature. It was not until after Jesus death on the cross that His disciples would fully begin to realize this. For 40 days after His resurrection Jesus continued teaching His disciples about the Kingdom of God. Which is noted in Acts 1:2-3 (NKJV) which states: 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandment to His apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He had represented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during 40 days and speaking of the things pertaining to the KINGDOM OF GOD.

If the subject of the Kngdom of God was not so important then why would Jesus continue to teach His apostles regarding the Kingdom of God for 40 more days after His resurrection? And it is true. So, if subject of God Kingdom is that important then how could so many so called christians miss this.

As citizens of a "heavenly" Kingdom we also are representitives of the Kingdom of heaven. This is what the ekklesia (the body of Christ) is all about. Based on this the Kingdom of God should reflect in our words and deeds and should also reflect in us when we are at home, at our jobs and when we are with family, friends and neighbors. Just like Jesus did. Our efforts should be to further our understanding of God's Kingdom through daily personal study of His Kingdom and righteousness.

But for most "christian" this is not what their searching for. They are "members of a church" or should I say " seeking the church". And the Kingdom of God is nowhere on their minds. And it's sad to know that many blindly follow their churches doctrine and may never see the true nature of the Kingdom of God.

Thank you very much for your comment PandN. I goes a long way. Many, many blessings my friend and brother.


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Celafoe, about your comment to Pstrauble48 "i do not know of a scripture that says He gives any wonderful things to the unbelievers." Doesn't the Bible say "For He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust." I take that to mean "Our Father above sends blessing, the rain, and the sunshine, on the just and the unjust. He loves all, and even sent his son to have a wicked world because he loved (Joh 3:16)."


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celafoe 22 months ago from Planet earth. between the oceans

tsadjatko - this scripture tells us that the rain, sunshine , (things of the natural that are available to all who walk on the earth, including animals), are given to all without regard to wh0 they are, just as His gift of eternal life is given for all who will take it according the the scriptural requirements. Like repentance, acceptance. and devotion. There is NO scripture that says He gives any Special gifts to the unbelievers specifically.


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

if we read the bible more often, we may get to know more about Jesus and get closer too


graceinus 22 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

peachpurple- Thank you very much for your comment. I'm assuming you do read the bible based on your comment. And I wish you the best in your future studies of God's Word and seek His Kingdom.

Blesssings.


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Celafoe, I agree but I don't see where Pstrauble48 was actually referring to any special gifts of spiritual things. Pstrauble48 said "wonderful things" and you have to admit wonderful things do happen to unbelievers and believers alike. Wonderful things of the natural are still a result of God's love too. "Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?"


graceinus 22 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Tsad and celafoe- Whitout a doubt we all have been offered a spiritual or wonderful gift from our Father in heaven. But for many it has not yet been realized or accepted. And by some it maybe unwanted. But this spiritual gift comes to all of us in the form He calls Grace. This is by far the greatest of all gifts open to all of us. The issue here is not matter our Father giving this spiritual gift of Grace, because He has already done that. The issue here is, do we have the willingness to receive.


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tsadjatko 22 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Count me in!


Stargrrl 21 months ago

Jesus was half human and thus could get angry. God gets angry. This was a pretty informative hub. I liked it. And I totally agree with your sentiments about LG.


graceinus 21 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Stargrrl- Thanks for your comment.Whether Jesus was Human, half human, or God was not the point I was trying to make here. There is this false belief among most so called christains that Jesus was always kind and gentle. While it is true for the most part He did, however, get very at angery at times towards those who violated and blasphemied towards God. And had double standards like those of the Pharsisees and Scribes.

With regards to LG. I do not hate this woman. I do however strongly disagree with her and I believe she has the spirit of the anti-christ within her. And if she attempts to comment on any of my Hub's or Questions then I with delete them.


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Rich kelley 21 months ago from The Ekklesia

Joshua 1:8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. “FOR THEN” you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

John 15:7 “ IF YOU ABIDE” in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

Above is one OT and NT quote that people like because there are fantastic promises at the end. But just like the sun being there for everyone there are usually conditions on the actions God does. The Joshua statement is loved by the prosperity gospel crowd. They always seem to forget the “that you may observe”. The NT verse the IF YOU ABIDE is often softened up or forgotten. God is a if, then God. If the sinner repents then the forgiveness that is there for everyone will be given to the repentant. Man is famous for taking the ending of scripture and using it to justify their actions or behavior. You can prosper in the world using man’s ways, but don’t fool yourself and think that if you are not abiding in Him that He had anything to do with it.


graceinus 21 months ago from those of the Ekklesia Author

Rich- Thank you for your comment. I believe God has often used the "If" and "Then" throughout the bible. For example He used the "if " and "then" when God established the Old Covnant with the Children of Israel as noted in Exodus 19: :5 (NKJV) which states: 5 Now therefore, "IF" you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, "THEN" you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people, for all the earth is Mine."

So yes, I agree with you.

You will also find the "IF" and "THEN" in the book of Deuteronomy. You will also find more throughout the OT. Clearly, God wanted many to repent in the time of the Old Testament just as He wants for us in the New. But cearly the difference between repenting in the Old Covenant and the New Covenant is that is the New Covenant we have the gospel of the Kingdom of God and our redemption through Jesus Christ.

I do agree with your statement "The NT verse the IF YOU ABIDE is often softened up or forgotten." I believe this is typical of man made churches we see today.

Again thanks and God bless

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