Jesus Christ made WHAT possible? Everything. Redemption, salvation, power from on high, a sense of community and family within his church and most important of all: an example of righteous living the way God wants us to live.
Jesus Christ lived a perfect life according to the law; not only the laws of the land that he obeyed, but all the laws of God. He paid his taxes, he wronged no one in personal or business dealings, he always told the truth, he observed all the religious customs and local traditions. He even partied down at the occasional wedding.
He was born a real flesh and blood man. Although he did have one advantage, he was formed from a perfect seed containing uncorrupted DNA. He was born with no inherent sickness, no disease, no deformations or abnormalities, perfect hearing and vision, and probably even the genetic potential to live forever.
But he grew up with emotions and temptations just like us. As a young man he had testosterone coursing though his veins. Other men can relate to what that’s like. He controlled his emotions and his urges. He controlled his thoughts and conversely his actions.
Everything he did and everything he said was well thought out, deliberate and intentional. He always chose his words carefully. His actions were planned with a certain outcome in mind. He never drifted aimlessly though out his day or though life in general. He always had a purpose and a plan.
What would that be like? He’s always got something interesting going on. He would chill out with his friends once in a while. But mostly he was always on the go.
He’s always right. You can’t win an argument with him! You can’t disagree with a course of action he takes in any given situation because either he wisely chose the best one or he was led by the spirit.
Jesus was well educated. When he was 12 years old he was found in the temple listening to and asking questions of teachers 3, 4 or even 5 times his age. They were instructors highly regarded for their mastery of scripture. All the people that were gathered in the temple were astonished at this boy’s understanding and answers. (Luke 2:46-47) This is especially amazing because boys would not start going to temple until age 13.
Jesus, at the age of 12, was already well beyond the beginner stage. He was showing deep understanding of scripture and asking really intelligent questions. Also, it was uncommon for anyone under 30 years of age, yet alone a boy, to directly address the temple elders. No wonder the people were astonished.
In his time, all children were home schooled. So that says a lot about his grandparents or great aunts and uncles. Not Joseph and Mary. It was the custom to be raised and educated by the grandparents or other family elders while the younger more vibrant mother was busy growing babies. The young strapping father would go out to work and make a living to provide for his family.
Eventually Jesus came to know the scriptures so well that we could open a scroll, find the place he wanted and read it. Not to challenging a feat in today’s modern world of public schooling and bibles neatly printed in chapter and verse WITH punctuation. The scrolls were hand written, in Hebrew, in all capital letters with no spacing or punctuation in between. There were no pages to turn, you had to unroll it. Not the easiest form of writing to read.
Today, anyone who wants a bible can have their very own copy, and get it anywhere for about $10. You can get a bible online for free. Not so with scrolls. Scrolls were hard to come by and very expensive. One scroll did not contain all the books of what we now call the Old Testament. One scroll was one book. Due to the high cost, each town would usually have the first 5 books of Moses, because they contained the law. They might also have one or two other scrolls. They would trade scrolls with neighboring towns. So you could only read what was available.
Jesus did not have the convenience of staying home to study his bible any time he wanted like we do. He had to spend a lot of time at the temple or local synagogues listening to others read and teach from the scrolls. And when granted the opportunity, he could read the scrolls himself.
It stands to reason that Jesus was multi-lingual because Aramaic was the primary language in the region he lived, the scrolls were written in Hebrew, the dominant language of commoners in the expansive Roman Empire was Greek and the language of high society was Latin. It's well documented in the Gospels that he communicated with a wide variety of people from many different class levels all on their terms.
Other than being a super cool guy who's in control of himself, really smart and multi-lingual he also personally took on the devil in a 1 on 1 battle of wits away from home, alone in the mountains, while starved and weakened from a 40 day fast… and won! So he’s also amazingly strong and brave!
Jesus was NOT some wimpy "turn the other cheek" powder puff. He didn’t float around over the ground with a halo over his head, hands clasped together in eternal prayer like most Christians wrongly portray him. Neither is he some sad sack hanging half dead on a cross looking beaten and pathetic.
As a matter of fact, he was a powerful force to be reckoned with. Jesus chose to live in Capernaum, a little fishing town bordering the Sea of Galilee. A town full of low class, uneducated fishermen of little regard among society. They were weathered, beat up, and smelled bad, were impulsive, boisterous and probably used off color language being the sailors that they were. Of all the people of religion, society and high influence that Jesus could have surrounded himself with, he chose Capernaum as his home and embraced the people therein.
Being physically tough, Jesus garnered respect among low wage, low class workers from the rough side of town. He survived unharmed among the predatory marauding thieves and murderers that robbed and killed people while journeying between cities. He even took on the military when they came for him. They bowed to him in reverence and respect.
Being mentally tough he would frequently stand up to, debate with and publicly rebuke mobs of angry people, temple elders, Pharisees, Sadducees, Scribes, local authorities, politicians, legions of unclean spirits and even the devil himself.
Jesus accomplished all this while knowing, and keeping in the back of his mind, that he would one day be rejected, tortured and brutally murdered by the very people he was living his life to teach, love, support and save. And he did it all with a heart love and obedience to God. When the time came for him to be betrayed, tortured and put to death, he went willingly. Jesus was not forced into anything. He was in such control that he would not allow them to murder him and be held accountable to God for their crimes. He prayed that their sin not be put to their charge then he gave up his own life.
Jesus lived a full and rewarding life during his short natural time here on earth of about 33 years. I’d venture to say the only regret he might have had was not being able to enjoy the physical company of his close friends for just a little bit longer.
1 Timothy 2:5 says, “For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” Jesus was not granted this job out of favoritism being God’s son, or because he lucked into it. He earned it the hard way through study, devotion, dedication, perseverance, tribulation, blood, sweat and tears!
The man Jesus is the ultimate human being for any of us to have as a personal mentor to Godly living.
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