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.
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.
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