Is Your Thinking Too Narrow?

narrowWho is Jesus to you?

It’s so odd to ask that question considering all the information we have about him and considering that Jesus is who he is regardless of what we think.  But I ask anyway just to show how narrow our thinking is at times.  Some responses might include…

  • Jesus is the Son of God (Matthew 3:17)
  • Jesus is God in the flesh (John 8:58)
  • Jesus was a great human teacher (Matthew 7:28-29)
  • Jesus was a liar and imposter (Popular atheistic view)
  • Jesus was a lunatic (A view that he was just a deluded person)

It’s not entirely inappropriate to ask who Jesus is or was even today considering that the people of his own day had questions concerning who he was.  The Pharisees and Sadducees, the most religiously educated of that era, couldn’t see Jesus for who he really was and I believe our understanding today is, at times, lacking.

First, there is the evidence of his miracles that point to who Jesus is.  These were not events taking place behind closed doors and only spoken about by Jesus’ followers.  The healing of the lame (Mark 2:1-12), the raising of the dead (John 11:1-47), and the control of the environment itself (Mark 4:35-41) were done amongst many witnesses.  Just as eyewitness testimony and evidence is used today in a court of law, the recording and witness accounts of Jesus’ miracles help to point to who he is.

Furthermore, we have the countless prophecies written about Jesus long before he was alive seen fulfilled when he came to this earth (read about those prophecies here).  Everything from the fulfillment of his exact lineage to the manner in which he would be killed was spoken about well before those events took place.  Even with the Old Testament written out for all to see, the Jews of Jesus’ day had trouble making the connection.

And still we struggle at times today to grasp the true identity of Jesus.  Here was a man, claiming to be sent by God, turning the religious world and its beliefs upside down.  How could this man who claimed to be the Son of God be born in the filth of a stable?  How could he come from humble beginnings as the son of a carpenter and then grow up to heal on the Sabbath or wash the feet of his disciples or sit down to a meal with sinners?  How could this simple man of Nazareth be the Lord of all, seated at the right hand of God (Hebrews 8:1)?

The answer is for you to decide.  I don’t make that decision for and neither can anyone else.  Jesus once asked his disciples, “who do you say that I am” (Matthew 16:15)?  They were faced with the same question that Jesus asks of you today.  Can you respond as Peter did?

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”  (Matthew 16:16)!

-Joe

 

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2 thoughts on “Is Your Thinking Too Narrow?

    1. Joe Butler

      I’m not sure I follow you about the Bible being unreliable. Countless other secular writings and historical archeology of the time fully supports the narrative of Jesus as written in the Bible (ex. His life, miracles, disciple’s claim of his resurrection). I do completely understand that there is a certain level of faith in regards to being so far removed from the events of that age, but it’s no more than we place in any other written first-person accounts from history.

      I greatly appreciate your opinion that the Bible may be unreliable, but after studying not only that text, but other historical documents of that time, I’ve personally concluded that it is.

      Thank you so much reading and providing input on today’s post.

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