Who is Jesus? I think everyone has heard of His Name, or read about Jesus. When I talk to people about Jesus, I often hear the same things about Him; a nice Man, a Gentleman, peaceful, loving, caring, forgiving, healing the sick etc.
That was also the image I had created of Jesus, until I read and studied the 4 gospels. I slowly read every word, and meditated on every word, and situation.
Well, after a short period of time, I found out that Jesus wasn’t just a sweet loving gentle Man, a wishy-washy, who accepted all kinds of behaviour of men, including sin, out of love for people. NO, not at all!
I found out that the image I created of Jesus, and all the preachings I heard about Him, did not correspond with the Word. The ‘harsh’ things, which Jesus did, or the ‘hard words’ that He spoke, are almost never mentioned in sermons. And because of that, many people have created a wrong image of Jesus Christ.
So, I would like to share with you, and have a look at who Jesus really was and is, and how He walked on this earth, not only doing good, but how He walked in the authority of God, bringing the Kingdom of God upon this earth. Jesus pleased the Father, by obeying Him all the time. He never bowed for men, or situations, the only time He bowed, was when He hung on the cross.
Jesus was not intimidated by men, He never had the intention of pleasing men, and let people honor and exalt Him. He always pointed the people to His Father, to give Him all the glory and all the honor.
The purpose of Jesus His life
When we look to the genealogy in Luke 3:38, we see that Jesus wasn’t the first son of God, who walked upon the earth, but the second son. Adam was the first son of God, who disobeyed God by eating the fruit of the forbidden tree. Adam sinned, and brought the curse of sin and death, upon the whole humanity.
Jesus was hang on the tree and broke the curse of sin. He carried all sin and iniquity of humanity upon the cross. Jesus conquered death, by being raised from the death.
Jesus is our Lord, our Master, He is our Example, so that’s why it is important to study His life, and to get to know Him. Because how can you follow someone, if you don’t know the person?
The birth of Jesus
It all started with the promise that God gave to Mary, through His angel Gabriel, that Maria would conceive in her womb, and bring forth a son, named Jesus. Gabriel told her, that He would be great, and that He would be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God, would give Him the throne of his father David: and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.
The Holy Ghost hovered over the virgin Mary, and she was overshadowed by the power of the Highest and became pregnant. After 40 weeks, Mary gave birth to a Son; Jesus.
Jesus grew up and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon Him (Luke 2:40)
Jesus 12 years old
Jesus was twelve years old, when He went with His parents to Jerusalem to celebrate the yearly feast of the Passover. When His parents returned home, He stayed behind in the temple in Jerusalem. His parents thought that He was in the company with them, but when they looked for Him, they couldn’t find Him. So, they returned to Jerusalem, to seek for Him.
When they entered the temple, they found Him, sitting in the midst of the doctors (teachers), both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all the people that heard Him speak, were amazed: and His mother asked Him, why He didn’t came with them, and Jesus answered: “How is it that you sought me? Didn’t you know that I must be about my Father’s business?” They didn’t understand what He was saying and He went down with them (Luke 2: 41-52).
Jesus 30 years old
When Jesus was 30 years old, He was baptized in the Jordan River, by John the Baptist (Luke 3:21-22). When Jesus was baptized and started to pray, the heaven opened, and the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape, like a dove, upon Him, and a voice came from heaven, which said: “Thou art my beloved Son; in Thee I am well pleased”
After Jesus was baptised, and full of the Holy Ghost, He returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, He didn’t eat anything, and was tempted by the devil for forty days (Luke 4:2-13).
Jesus resisted the devil, and did not fall into his trap. He kept the Word of His Father, because He knew Him. Therefore it is important for us, to really get to know Him. The only way to get to know Him, is by His Word.
After the temptation in the wilderness, Jesus returned, in the power of the Spirit, into Galilee. From this moment on, we read about His teachings, and the signs and wonders that followed Him. He brought the Kingdom of God to the people, and spoke and taught with authority
“You serpents, you generation of vipers”
Jesus spoke with authority, and did not walk away from the Pharisees and Sadducees, but instead He confronted them with their religious walk and words, and the fact that they didn’t keep them at all. He wasn’t afraid to exposed what was in their hearts, and speak about what they thought. He knew how they really walked. He exposed all that was hidden for the eyes of the natural man.
Jesus called them among others: generation of vipers, serpents (Mat 23:33), hypocrites (14 times in Matthew. Mat 15:7-9, Luke 12:56), graves which appear not and sons of the devil (Luke 11:37-54), blind leaders of the blind (Mat 15:14, 23:24) etc.
We can compare the status of the Pharisees and Sadducees (lawyers,teachers), with the theologians, priests, pastors, teachers, doctors, of our time. Think about that! The scribes, who knew the law, and lived in the eyes of people a pious life, and spoke devotional words.
The people admired them, what we also see happening in our time.
But Jesus was not moved by what He saw in the natural. He knew what was in their hearts, and knew their spiritual status. He discerned what was in them, and wasn’t intimidated by them, nor feared them, but confronted them. He kept doing the will of His Father and did the things that He had seen His Father do. He didn’t hold back.
“Go behind me, satan!”
Jesus said to Peter, when He announced His sufferings for the first time; “Get thee behind me, satan: thou art an offense unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men (Mat 16:23).”
In other words, Peter spoke out of his emotion (his flesh), instead of out of his spirit. This happened after He said to Peter in Matthew 16:17 “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven”.
Imagine that, that your fellow Christian brothers/sisters says this to you: get behind me, satan. How would you react? Because Peter meant it well, but he spoke out of his emotion (his flesh).
“Make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise”
And let’s not forget what happened in the temple, when the Passover was at hand. When Jesus found those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting in the temple (Jn 2:13-18).
He made a scourge of small cords, and drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables; and said unto them that sold doves: “make not My Father’s house a house of merchandise”.
Think about that, while the salesmen and money changers where in the Temple, to sell beasts to the people, who came to the temple, so that they could offer these beasts to God. The offer beasts were meant for God, and maybe they did this for years and years, and was this a normal thing to do.
But Jesus knew the will of His Father, He knew the purpose of the temple, and that’s why He drove them out, and wasn’t afraid to tell them the reason why.
Imagine that happening in our churches, where they sell books/cd’s/dvd’s etc., have restaurants, where they sell food; all in the church!
Imagine that you go to a church, and take everything out of the bookshelves, and throw it all on the floor, or throw it outside on the street. Imagine you going to the restaurant, and overthrow the tables, and chairs, and throw away all the prepared food in the trash bins. What do you think shall happen? I think that security, or some believers, will grab you immediately.
When I was just born again, and read these scriptures, I immediately compared it to Today’s churches and congregations, where also things are sold and people make money. To be honest, until this day, I don’t see a difference. Do you?
But was Jesus a wishy-washy? No! Absolutely not. When I read and meditate on the gospels I see a loving Man, full of compassion. But Jesus was also a righteous Man, who walked in holiness, and authority on this earth, obeying the commandments of His Father, and doing His will.
Jesus knew His Father thoroughly, because He spent time with Him. He was constantly in union with the Father. What He had seen His Father do, Jesus did also:
For the Father liveth the Son, and shewed him all things that Himself doeth (Jn 5:19-20)
Jesus walked in love, yes, the righteous love of His Father.
He walked in holiness, in authority upon this earth, doing the will of His Father. He wasn’t a partaker of sin, but He exposed sin, by confronting the people with their sin, and He brought them to repentance.
During His lifetime on earth, Jesus was constantly tempted by the devil, and by men, but He never sinned. Until His death, and after, He stayed completely obedient to the Father.
‘Be the salt of the earth’