A FRESH LOOK AT JESUS
His birth was contrary to the laws of life. His death was contrary to the laws of death. He had no cornfields or fisheries but he could spread a table for five thousand and have bread and fish to spare.
He walked on no beautiful carpets or velvet rugs, but he walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee and calmed their fears.
Central Character of Human History
He probably wasn’t much to look at. Paintings and films may picture him with piercing eyes, handsome features and very attractive, but it seems he was at best ordinary looking (Isa. 53:2Isa. 53:2
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2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
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He grew up in a poor family; throughout his ministry he received no paycheck and had no fixed address, but he made many rich.
Three years he preached His gospel. He wrote no book, built no church house, had no monetary backing. But after nineteen hundred years, He is the one central character of human history, the Pivot around which the events of the ages revolve – his name is Jesus!
Imagine a mighty, majestic king who has to deal with citizens in one of his far-off territories who are in rebellion against him. He could bring his army and wipe them all out, but rather than do that, he decides to forgive and win the hearts of the people.
He takes off his sword and crown and royal robes and dresses himself in rags. He leaves his palace, travels to the rebel territory, and moves into a hut in a village of poor peasants. There he spends his time with his neighbors and makes a number of friends. Often he meets hungry people who can’t afford a meal or poor people who can’t afford a doctor, and provides them what they need.
Wisdom and Authority
But not only what He did that people stood in awe, but on what he said. He had no great education but he spoke with wisdom and authority. He taught them many things about a kingdom. He even hints at the beauty of the royal palace and the happiness of those who love the king. Some people don’t like him and want to get rid of him, but many are drawn to him and wonder, in light of all he says and does, whether he’s an ordinary man or not.
And finally, he was hung on a cross – but three days later he rose again! As he ascends back to heaven he commanded his friends to “Go and make disciples…(Matt.28:19).” And one day his coming back again for his friends to bring them where he is, but judgement to those who refuse him.
Our Lord, Our Redeemer and Savior!
Was he merely the Son of Joseph and Mary, who crossed the world’s horizon nineteen hundred years ago? Was it merely human blood that was spilled at Calvary’s hill for the redemption of sinners? No! It was the blood of the very Son of God! Come now, and let’s worship and love the King, the Lord, our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ!