Who Is Jesus?

thCADDK0F2Four Views on who Jesus is from the Book of Mark

Truthfully, we all have ideas of who Jesus is to us. Each person has an understanding of some sort. But is that idea truly based on scripture? Could be tainted a little by any incorrect mindsets?

1. Is He too familiar?

His Family saw him as an embarrassment.

Mark 3:21 When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”

I live in the Bible belt. Recently, a new youth pastor started at our church. While he was preaching he made a comment about speaking to several people around town and all of them saying “I’m a Christian”. He said everyone he talked to was a professing Christian. Yet he made this point “if everyone was a Christian in this town, the churches would be full”.

In another scripture Jesus said

57, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.

As humans we have a tendency to give less reverence to those to whom we become very familiar. The profession of faith doesn’t have works behind it. Many people are knowledgeable about Jesus but have little faith because they only think they “know” Jesus.

The truth is that if you really know Jesus your life will change.

If you really love Jesus you will not be embarrassed to talk about him and serve him.

2. Does Jesus measure up to your religion?

The pharisees had a problem with Jesus. He turned all their religion on its head. All their rules and traditions were in direct conflict with Jesus’ actions.

They chose not to accept him. Instead they accused him, blamed him and ignored his warnings.

Do you choose tradition and religion over Jesus? Does any of your thoughts or actions cause you to pick and choose parts of Jesus’ teaching but not take all of it?

3. Is Jesus only a man?

When you choose to believe that Jesus was a man but also more than just a man your life will forever be affected. That is when true devotion begins and His words become life. And more than life because His directives, commandments and words have power. They are not just words of a man but of God. They are not suggestions. And if they are of God then we must believe them and do what He says.

We must understand that He is also deity. The one and only son of God that died for the sins of every person.

John 1:2 He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.…

John 3:16  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

We can’t pick and choose which words in the Bible we believe and live by we must equally believe and follow each one.

4. Does guilt cloud your view?

King Herod liked listening to John the Baptist. But King Herod never changed his ways and eventually beheaded John. He didn’t really want to do it. Read the story here.

Later, when King Herod heard about Jesus and all the miracles, he supposed it was John come back to life. He could not see who Jesus truly was and allow his life to be affected because of his guilt.

Many people don’t come to Jesus for similar reasons “I’m not good enough”, “When I get my life cleaned up then I will”, “I’ve done too many things to be forgiven”.

So who is He?

He died and came back to life. he did multitudes of miracles that could not be recorded there were so many. He is compassionate. He loves.

Jesus asked Peter “Who do you say I am?”

Peter responded “You are the Christ”.

That is way more than we understand from an American viewpoint.

That is saying so much. He is the Savior of the world. The son of God. The lamb of God. The Lion of Judah.

The centurion said “surely this is the Son of God”

At the transfiguration God said “This is my son. Listen to Him”.

 

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Isaiah 54 Project

A friend suggested this name for my blog. After I read Isaiah 54 I realized that I really don’t understand all that chapter has to offer. There is a lot of good word in those verses.

However, I read Chapter 53. Chapter 53 prophesies the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

I realized that 53 had to come before 54. Not talking about numerical order. Chapter 54 tells us about the benefits of being God’s child. We can’t be reconciled to God as HIS child without Jesus. (Hence chapter 53)

Jesus, had to come first. Then and only then can we know the benefits of God and partake of all He has to offer.

http://www.christnotes.org/commentary.php?com=wes&b=23&c=54 Wesley’s Explanatory notes on Isaiah 54 further explain the meaning and the benefits decribed.

Isaiah 54 is a promise of reconciliation and redemption.

V4 Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.

Our Creator promises His grace to us. His promises to comfort and rebuild the desolate places of our heart are true and real.

V11 O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.

V12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

V16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

He is the Creator of all and reigns above all. Nothing can compare to His authority or power. Nothing of the enemy can prosper where He walks. Where the Lord is revered the enemy has no power. The enemy cowers.

V16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

V17 No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.

“Heritage” means “The status acquired by a person through birth; a birthright” according to http://www.thefreedictionary.com/heritage.

This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 54 is your birthright. Because we are heirs and joint heirs with Jesus Christ when we believe. Romans 8:17. Thanks to this heritage that God describes just for you will make you free and free indeed.

V14  In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.

V15 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.

That is what I long for. For all of those called by the name of Christ know true freedom in Him. That all oppression, fear, depression, sickness, rejection, bitterness, anger just for example have no control or impact on His people.

That instead the fruits of the Spirit abound in our hearts.

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