2019-08-09 - Our Image of Jesus ~ Part 1
Originally published on 11-11-2011
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. We’re 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 it’s all about me. Oh yeah, in "me-anity," we still have Jesus - but he’s not the real Jesus. He’s 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. It’s 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 were never a 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 were 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 week.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted