Daily Archives: April 4, 2014

Jesus (?) Part A

Okay, here is a biggie Jesus or “Who is Jesus?”  This is one of those questions that has volumes upon volumes written about it and by far better folks then I.   My intention here is not to answer all the arguments people have about Jesus nor is it to convince you who Jesus is it is simply to explain who the Bible says Jesus is.  This is not a hard task but at the same time the task is one of the more difficult task I have had to do for I am making a representation of who Jesus is and I do not wish to get this wrong.  When you have completed reading this post I do not expect anyone to agree with me just to understand so if you do not understand please feel free to leave a reply and explain any questions you may have.

I have decided to look at Isaiah 53 for my text about who Jesus is.  I will also use John 5:16-18. I am going to take it section by section and explain what the Bible is saying about Jesus.

Isaiah 53

1. Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For He grew up before Him like a tender [a]shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should [b]be attracted to Him.

Take verse one here “who has believed” that is one of the problems most did not believe and even those who did were wrong in their assumptions.  Jesus came into this world lowly and unassuming.  He was not the best looking guy and he did not stand out in a crowd.  There was no majesty in Him that made people say look the savior of all mankind.  In fact His own disciples did not understand until after His resurrection and after He explained to them what had to happen.  Often when we look to our leaders we want them to present a certain way when in public.  We want them to speak persuasively and to be charismatic.  This was not His way.  He was not attractive to people in anyway physically or publicly.  This would only detract from His true purpose.

Here it gets more intense:  verse 3.

He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of [c]sorrows and acquainted with [d]grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Wow how powerful is that.  He was literally despised and folks forsook Him because of the message he brought.  He came to “turn the world upside down” and those in power did not want this. They wanted the status quo or if there was going to be change it needed to benefit them and the change Jesus wanted did not benefit their purpose.  Think of someone who is full of sorrow and truly knows grief.  How often do you want to be around them?  People avoided Jesus because the truth He spoke made people examine themselves and most of the time when we as humans examine ourselves we do not like what we see.  We want to hide from ourselves.  How much more do we want to hide from someone who makes us see ourselves for who we really are.  People despised Him because he did not allow them to put Him in a box.  Folks were not able to mold Him into the way they thought He should be but He molded them in the way He knew they needed to be.   There is little esteem in that kind of work.

Remember when He was on the Cross only a handful of women stayed with Him (and John the beloved) and everyone else had abandoned Him.

Verses 4 & 5

Surely our [e]griefs He Himself bore,
And our [f]sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
[g]Smitten of God, and afflicted.
But He was [h]pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our [i]well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.

These are tough verses.  The concept of what he went through here is so painful and in many ways disgusting that most people can not contemplate it long.  His purpose for coming to earth was to become the payment for all the wrong doing we have done.  Even more then that He came to earth to heal us both mentally and physically.  When He takes someones sorrows He replaces it with Joy and when He takes someones griefs he replaces it with peace and a sureness that all is okay.  When Jesus was on the Cross before He died even God had to look away from Him.  The reason for this is because God can  not look at wrong doing.  If He does He will destroy everything.  This was the reason for sacrifices in the Old Testament.  The blood of the animals provided a covering of protection for mankind.  Now Jesus came and while on the Cross He became our wrong doings.  He did not just represent them on the cross but he actually became them.  This is a tough concept.  He had none of His own wrong doings but He took all ours and when that moment happen God the Father had to look away.  Even Jesus cried out “My God My God why have you forsaken Me.”  Jesus was in the depth at that moment not knowing where the strength was going to come from to finish.  Faith and knowing God the Father pushed Him on.

The punishment He took.  The whip on His back the very large thorns crunched into His scalp these are the things that paid the price for our healing.  We are able to go to Jesus and seek healing from Him because of this.  Because of our wrong doing He was stabbed through His side and the chastening we deserved was dumped on Him.  He suffered terribly and for nothing He did Himself.

So far you are seeing a bleak picture of who Jesus is.  This is true.  It does not stay this way.

Please stay tuned for Part B with the rest of this article.  It was too long so I had to shorten it.