We as human beings desire things and situations all the time. Some desire to be rich, others to serve mankind to the best of their ability, while some of us desire things that many may say are completely impossible. For example, I have a friend who desires, that just as Peter walked on water, even she may have the opportunity to perform this task: walk on water. Some may listen to her & say she is insane, but as far as she is concerned, she longs for her faith to lead her to walking on water.
A few weeks back, I, too, had a peculiar desire. I was reading the story of Jesus & it hit me that when celebrities like Michael Jackson & John Lennon died, the major question that the press ask people who knew them is; "What was he like?" They are concerned to know the late celebrities' likes, dislikes, personality, & such-like.
To the same extent, I became concerned to know "What was Jesus like?" How did He relate to his disciples? How did He express hunger? How did He walk, talk? What was His favourite meal?
I really wanted to know how He was like, & I wanted to know it so bad!
And so, I embarked on an internet mission. I logged into Google.com; in the hopes that there was a Biblical scholar and/ or theologian who had done the research into the personality of Jesus.
My findings were a bit appaling, but if you think about it, quite expected. I found a website which not only psychoanalyzed the King of Kings, & Lord of Lords, but it also gave scriptural evidence backing his traits.
We are told that Jesus was compassionate; as is seen in Matthew 9.36 when He had compassion on the crowd because they were "harassed & helpless, like sheep without a shepherd (NIV)".
Moreover, Jesus was focused and determined as shown in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed until He sweat blood mixed with water as a result of mental stress.
Jesus was obedient, as we are shown in Hebrews 5.8: "He learned obedience through the things that He suffered (NIV)". More-so, His acceptance to die on the cross is what many theologians and Christians alike have come to know as the 'Active Obedience'. That even though He really longed to be freed of the 'cup of suffering', He still got to His knees & prayed to the Father up in Heaven & said to him; Mark 14.36: ""Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."" What obedience!
Jesus was loving, caring, forgiving, even to the point of asking God to forgive those who were crucifying Him for "they do not know what they are doing" (Luke 23.34, NIV).
(Read more on the traits of Jesus on the website below:
I then made a discovery that the traits Jesus exposes are actually the same traits that EVERY parent (and the society at large) wishes to train children in. Think about it! Parents long to bring up their child to show virtues such as gratitude, patience, obedience, sacrifice, love, care, determination, and many others; and failure to do so often results to scolding, and/ or punishment. No parent willfully wants a lazy child, or is there?
I then realized that in fact, all along, as society taught us to embrace morality and love one another, they have simply been quoting the word of Jesus Christ. John 15:12 says: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." This means that all along, Jesus has been teaching us the same very thing, just that we have been choosing not to listen but rely more on the quotes of so-called 'intellectuals' and celebrities. The same reason why many will quote philosophers like Plato & Alexander The Great, but few will ever quote Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God. Sad, is it not?
Moreover, as society taught us to be patient, and embrace all other virtues that we should, turns out that we had already been told the same in 1 John 2.6: "Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did."
You see, Jesus was, and still is, the perfect one. He lived and died a perfect life. Jesus was tortured to save the lost people who He knew would reject Him, the very same people who were crucifying Him, and yet He withstood it all out of love. Isaiah 53.7 states: "He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.".
Jesus is perfect.
He is fully God, fully Human; a state that has come to be known by scholars as 'The Hypostatic Union' or 'Theanthropos'. Just because Jesus is man, does not mean that He stops being God. He does forgive sin, for He said to the adulterous woman in Luke 7.48, "Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."". Only God can forgive sin.
The only source of life in the universe is Jesus Christ. We may be alive and well, living lavish lives; yet on the inside, we are dead and rotting, headed for eternal damnation. Let us all make a firm, informed decision to follow Jesus. Romans 12.2 tells us: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
"...do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..."
The gate to destruction is wide and the road broad; but the gate to eternal life is small and the road narrow
Let us enter through the narrow gate, and be like the wise man spoken of in Matthew 7.24-27 who "built his house on a rock... The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."
God bless you all.
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Soli Deo Gloria.
All Glory goes to God alone.