Posted September 17, 2013on:
I recently started reading a book by Philip Yancey, “The Jesus I Never Knew”. I’ve been on a search of a book that will catch my attention in the first few pages and I am happy to say I have found it. I’ve been wanting to learn more about Jesus and have had an inner tug at the back of my thoughts recently to go back to the beginning. Life can be so hard at times and so confusing. I find myself slipping away from the very thing that has always kept me grounded and moving forward. That “thing” is my relationship with Jesus and all he has done for me. Simply reading and studying Jesus again undoubtedly brings me closer to Him but it also gives me a sense of peace and purpose in this life.
The birth of Jesus was so important that it split history into two parts. B.C. and A. D. When studying history we usually always see these dates Before Christ or After Death. But Jesus isn’t just someone who changed history but he is the one who holds the secret of eternity.
“I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God,” Jesus said in Luke 12:8 (nlt)
According to Jesus, what I think about him and how I respond will determine my destiny for all eternity. Many of us believe that Jesus was brave, sinless and emotionally stable. We regard him as easy to understand, physically strong and attractive, practical, warm and accepting. In spite of how we see perceive him, many of us who look for Jesus cannot see past our own noses.
Jesus himself, when challenged, didn’t offer airtight proofs of his identity. It’s as if he welcomed the risk of dissection by saying, “Examine me. Test me. You decide”. Jesus would drop clues here and there about who he was but he also said, after appealing to the evidence, “Blessed is he who takes no offense at me.”
The actions and behaviors of other people affected Jesus deeply: stubbornness frustrated him, self-righteousness infuriated him, simple faith thrilled him. Jesus seemed more emotional and spontaneous than the average person, not less. More passionate, not less.
Two words that could never be applied to the Jesus of the Gospels is: boring and predictable.
Much of what I’ve written above may be directly from the book because honestly I just couldn’t figure out a way to paraphrase it to make it any better than what was already written. So I give Philip Yancey the credit where credit it due. It is my hope that as I read more of this wonderful book I will have more posts about “Learning Jesus”. Thanks for reading everyone and God bless you all!