Jesus of the Bible

The Jesus our culture pictures is a nice teddy bear Jesus. He is soft-spoken, handsome, peacefully ignorant, and is out to give everyone a big hug as He passively waits for people to follow Him because He is needy of followers.  No wonder people aren’t that interested in Him, they think he is a noob. Jesus preached to tons of people in the synagogue back in the day when they didn’t have microphones, I’m assuming he had a big voice that could carry. In Isaiah 53:2 it says “For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.” and I believe I remember hearing that the reason Judas kissed Jesus when the soldiers were there to capture Him was to point out which one of was Jesus. Obviously Jesus was just an ordinary looking dude. He would take on the pharisees whenever they questioned His teaching, either by directly answering their complaint or by playing with words so they had no way to question Him. For example in John 8 when the pharisees brought up an adulterous woman and said “Hey Moses said we should stone her to death cuz she sinned, what do you think.” But Jesus being the clever God He is said “Sure, whichever one of you guys hasn’t sinned can throw the first stone”. Needless to say they just left without stoning her. Obviously Jesus wasn’t ignorant. In John 2:15 when Jesus goes to the temple and finds people making it a place of sale instead of worship He becomes angry “And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.” Obviously Jesus wasn’t trying to avoid making waves when the people He loved were being taken advantage of. Jesus could have stayed in His perfect relationship with the trinity and let us rot, He is in need of nothing. Lastly, Jesus is a leader. He commands us to follow Him and love Him above all because that is where are hearts are most content. Aslan is a great picture of Jesus, He is soft enough to allow Lucy to ride him and be close with him, but he is mighty and powerful enough to conquer his enemies. Jesus was the perfect man, any father, son, brother, or husband can take a lesson in leadership from Christ. Jesus had deep emotion and wept in John 11 when Lazarus died, He was angry when the people He loved were being taken advantage of in John 2. He was a solid tower for Peter in Matthew 14 when he walks out onto the water but then begins to sink because of his little faith. Like a real man Jesus catches Peter out of pure grace because He loves him. The most powerful symbol of how a man should lead was when Jesus went to the cross. Jesus (Husband) provided for the church (bride), He provided life because we had none in our bondage to sin. As the leader He led humbly, not out of dominance or power, willingly washing the feet of the ants He chose to call friends. Like a real man He took the punch so we didn’t have to. Like any good leader He jumped in front of us as a propitiation (<–fancy word) and was chewed up and spit out so His bride didn’t have to be. If more of our culture knew the real Jesus they would be less likely to brush Him off so easily as useless and ignorant. Don’t worship the soft teddy bear Jesus of our culture, worship the Jesus of the Bible.

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