2011-11-11 - Our Image of Jesus
Who is Jesus to you? Write description of your relation to Jesus. For example you may write Jesus saved me. What does Jesus look like? Take a minute to picture Jesus in your head. Describe or draw the image you see when you close your eyes and think of Jesus.
Let's look at the first thing you wrote regarding your relationship with Jesus. In asking many people to do this over the years, I have noticed a common thread in all of these. Were almost always the object. Jesus saved me. Jesus loves me. Jesus fill-in-the-blanks me. Jesus is my Redeemer. Jesus is my Savior. Jesus is my this or my that. The object of the relationship is self-centered. It seems to me like we have forgotten that Christ is the center of Christianity and we instead follow the religion of "me-anity" where its all about me. Oh yeah in "me-anity" we still have Jesus but hes not the real Jesus. Hes what one pastor I heard speak on the subject called "Jesus with benefits" or what I call Genie Jesus. Jesus does this for me and Jesus does that for me. Its all about me.
And usually these images of Jesus reflect that as well. I bet most of you saw a white guy with a beard. Fact is Jesus was not a white guy. Being from the middle east, he looks more like Osama and Hussein than us. But we want a Jesus like us since he is for us.
There are primarily four images of Christ that we see:
I thank God for each of these times in Jesus' life. They are each important. If he was never baby he wouldn't have become the man to walk around in a robe and he never would have taught the disciples or performed all the miracles. Were it not for that grown up Jesus he never would have been crucified. Without crucifixion there'd be no payment for my sin and yours. That was the only way. Jesus even begged his father to let him do something else if there was any other way. Without crucified Jesus, there'd be no risen Jesus. And if he weren't raised, we would still have to face death alone. Thank God for each of these they are each important. But
Keep the things you wrote down for those first two questions until next time.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted