How we’ve re-shaped Jesus

We understand that the world cannot see the truth of who Christ is without the spiritual eyes to discern. You and I were there at one time, before we had the spiritual eyes to know Truth. John 14:17 says, “He is the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.”

Today we are continuing our look at all the different ways Christians have re-shaped Jesus into an image of our limited understanding (and we define Christians as those who not only believe that He is the Son of God, but that He is our Lord and Savior who died for our sins, rose from the dead appearing to hundreds of witnesses and ascended to Heaven). When you imagine who Jesus is, what characteristics do you tend to focus on the most? Yesterday we talked about Jesus as the gentle and humble Lamb of God; The reigning holy King; A sin-hater; A judge who will separate the goats from the sheep and the wheat from the tares. But there is much, MUCH more. So grab your Bible and discover with us!


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One Response to How we’ve re-shaped Jesus

  1. Mr Davis says:

    What we cannot fathom, at least not this side of heaven is "the offence" of sin.

    We understand, we are not walking according to His word, we understand God calls that sin. Lord willing we come to understand sin is wrong. But what of the offence for sin. If it is merely another man I'm sinning against then I don't feel so bad. I sin, he sins, what of it.

    But what of God who is eternal and holds creator rights over us. He it is who made us who stitched us together in my mothers womb, who has all my days numbered before any one came to be. Speaking of them as if they are already written before any one come to be. Indeed He speaks of our lives as passing by as a tale that is read. Now what is the offense if I don't obey Him? Now we are in uncharted territory.

    What do I mean? Can you tell me how perfect God is? Can you tell me how pure God is? How Holy God is? How Righteous God is? How Just God is? Truth be told, God's nature determines how these things are defined. This only makes sense since Christ alone is our standard. God, The Tri unified God alone is infinate in all of these attributes and is of one mind regarding sin.

    If God is infinatly Just, does it not make sense that the punishment for the offense should be infinate as well. That is what scripture teaches. The Lake of Fire is eternal punishment for those who have offended God.

    If God is infinately Just then a infinate sacrifice has to be made if His justice for anyones sins is to be covered. But because any imperfection in the sacrifice nulifies the act, how then can we be spared for God says of us All have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.

    The sacrifice must be perfect without blemish.
    The sacrifice must be willing to do the deed.
    The sacrifice must be of the same kind as the offending party.
    The sacrifice must be eternal! It must be infinate! For this is exactly what God is and it is His justice that must be satisfied.

    There is only one who could ever meet the requirement. God!
    Look up salvation and how salvation comes in the Bible. It is the Lord Himself by whom salvation comes.

    Unless God himself steps in and becomes in all ways the same kind as we and takes our punishment for our sins, there would be no attonement, there would be no sacrifice. This also is what Scripture teaches:

    Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

    This same Child
    Isaiah 7:14 KJV
    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    Matthew 1:23 KJV
    Behold , a virgin shall be with child , and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

    This same Child who when He was Grown was baptized and so identify Himself us we are though being without sin and began His ministry. We know this Child as Christ Jesus and He testifies of Himself saying

    John 10:11 KJV
    I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

    Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

    And Next in the Garden Christ Jesus pleads with The Father if it is possible let this cup pass from me, yet not my will but thy will be done. Three times He pleads this plea and the Father answers Him by sending Him an angle to strengthen Him so He may finish the work for which He was sent. To purge Himself of our sins and it would cost Christ his life.

    Just how much does God hate sin? Look at what was required by God to purge Himself of our Sins. It wasn't just the cross, It wasn't just the crown of thorns pressed into His bear head, It wasn't just the 40 lashes to rend His flesh, It wasn't just the pulling out of His beard or the beating of His face, or the humiliation he endured, it was everything! Everything was required, everything was specified, and for what!

    John 19:30 KJV
    When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

    Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

    But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

    Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53

    How can we ignor so great a Salvation, a salvation, which, God Himself made possible.

    He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:10-14

    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11

    Oh Praise God for His mercy and what He took on Himself and stood in our place. May God grant us repentance and gratitude for what He did and may we seek to follow after him reguardless of the cost. For God Himself will strengthen us for the task and will finish what He began, though we may fail, He will not fail and that is our Hope.

    May these words from Paul sink into our hearts that we may live by them:

    For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth , why doth he yet hope for ? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow , he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate , them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again , who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded , that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:18-39

    May God grant we see our sin as the horrific offense it is and flee from it. OH that we would seek His face and so turn from our sins.

    God bless

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