How I Would “Label” Jesus
31 Days in My [Insert Label Here] Skin:
How I Would “Label” Jesus
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
I’ve heard it said that it is impossible to reject Jesus if you really looked at Him and His life and words and stories rather than looking to other (so-called) Christians and the ways in which they have either described or (mis)represented him.
I don’t know if this is true, but there does seem to be a lot of misinformation regarding who Jesus really want and what He really said and did. For example, before I myself starting really digging into the Bible for myself I think I thought Jesus was: Soft, a pushover, manipulatable, a jerk to women, pompous for calling himself “God,” or someone who merely promoted good, moral living.
But then I read the Bible for myself and started realizing He was so very different than what I expected. In reality, from what I can tell based on all I’ve read in the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (in the Bible),
- Kind — He was responsive to the needs of those around him
- Wise — He knew how to apply the Torah (his Holy Book) to real life challenges
- Persuasive — Even “unlikely” folks followed him
- Challenging — He invited people to do risky things
- (In some ways) More complicated than I thought— He talked about how important it was to be pure in thought and deed, yet he also was completely gracious and welcoming to people who were very obviously “sinners” and “broken” and “sick” and “messed up”
- Must have been fun to hang out with because it says all the “sinners” and the partiers and folks from all walks of life hung out with him all the time
- Devout, but not necessarily “religious” (because he totally broke the religious rules of his day all the time – i.e. he traveled “too far” and worked “too hard” and did “inappropriate things” on the Sabbath)
- Had counter-cultural, seemingly “backwards” thinking
- Courageous – the way he talked to the religious leaders of the day was incredibly “ballsy”
- Bold in speech— sometimes people even rejected him after he taught them something
- Impressive teacher
- Respectful and kind to women and girls
- Willing and able to heal, do miracles, and free people from what oppressed them
- Not afraid to touch people with contagions
- Observant – He noticed when the woman with the issue of blood came through the crowds and lightly touched his cloak
- Responsive to the needs around him
- Powerful — He had authority over illness, demonic forces, and the wind and waves
- Humble — didn’t do good deeds for notoriety’s sake
- Stealthy — He somehow walked right through an angry mob (looking for him!) and no one noticed him!
- “Hard core” — He fasted for 40 days and nights in the middle of the desert
- Generous with his time – even taught and served people when he would have rather been resting and having some alone time
- Prayerful – He took time to pray on a regular basis
- Followed the Holy Spirit’s lead
- Willing to heal
- Wasn’t averse to solitude — He “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”
- Intentional in his relationships — While he ministers to a massive amount of people in his travels, he chose twelve people to give the majority of his time and mentor-energy to.
- Hard to understand sometimes — He spoke in parables, some of which weren’t super easy to understand
- Impossible to “box up”— He did things that went beyond imagination
The Jesus I’ve met in the pages of Scripture— and in my own “real life”— is way more amazing, loving, bold, kind, and generous that I could have ever imagined. I am so grateful that I have the honor of getting to know Him more for the rest of my life. I don’t think it is possible to ever get to the bottom of Him. He will continue to astound me and teach me and grow me every single day.
Thank You, Lord.
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What about you?
How would you describe Jesus? How is the real Jesus— the one in the Bible— different from what you may have heard before you ever started reading the Bible for yourself?
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