Who is Jesus?
He's the Sword of the Lord! "..the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God"Eph6:17
"Think NOT that I am come to send peace on earth:
I came not to send peace, but a sword". Mt10:34
If you're traveling to look for him in Jerusalem, you're looking in the wrong place--he's as close as the nearest hotel or motel where the Gideon's have been. If you only know him as a carpenter's son from Nazareth or a baby from Bethlehem, or as "just a good man" who came to a bad end, then your education is sadly lacking.
He was the firstborn of the Virgin Mary, and was thought at the time to be also the son of the carpenter Joseph (Mary's husband), but in reality his bloodline came direct from the Almighty.
Scripture tells us he had four brothers: named James, Joses, Simon, and Judas. The names of his sisters aren't given, but were at least three. "And his sisters, are they not all with us? Matt13:55. Had there been only two sisters, it would have read: Are they not "both" with us..
Some churches teach that Mary remained a virgin and never had other children, but once you start cutting out the parts you don't like, you soon have only a shell of a bible.The younger half-brother of Jesus may have been known as James-the-less, Mk15:40, which would support the possibility that Salome was a sister of Jesus. Mk16:1.
At the age of 12, Lk2:42, Jesus was discoursing with doctors of the Law when his mother admonished him, saying "Your father and I were worried about you". (Lk2:48 paraphrase) - Jesus corrected her, saying "I was on My Father's business". He meant the Heavenly Father, of course, because he was only 'supposedly' (Lk3:23) the son of Joseph.
His first two miracles were done at Cana of Galilee, where he (1) changed the water to wine, Jn2:11, and (2) healed a father's son from a long distance. Jn4:54. In Absentia.
The "Three Temptations of Christ" are recorded in Matt 4 and Luke 4. Satan, the tempter, challenged Him, "IF you are the Son of God",
(1) Change a stone into bread (do a miracle yourself), or
(2) Jump off a high place (force God to perform a miracle), or
(3) Worship Satan, (god-of-this-world, 2Cor4:4)Jesus didn't do any of those things, but referred him instead to the written Word of Truth from the Almighty. (Our Sword of the Spirit).
The 'Sermon on the Mount' Matt5, is His most famous teaching. There we find the nine (9) Blessed's (known as beatitudes).
His Sermon at the Beach(or seaside) concerning the Parable of the Sower, Mark4, and His Sermon on the Plain, Lk6:17, concerning wise and foolish men, are less well known.
I'll tell you who He is -- He's the Son of God and the Word of God and the Seed of God, and you can confirm those appellations in any English language Version of the Bible.John1:14, Matt 16:16, 1Pet1:23
He's also the Lamb of God, John1:29, and the Lion of the tribe of Judah, Rev5:5, plus the "Rock", 1Cor10:4, and the "chief cornerstone", Eph2:20.
In John's Gospel, He's the True Bread, Jn6:48, the Light of the World, Jn8:12, the Door, Jn10:9, the Good Shepherd, Jn10:14, and the True Vine, Jn15:1. These metaphoric titles encourage us to THINK, and to consider the analogies.
"Please don't confuse me with the facts" means that people 'already know what they know' and don't want to hear anything that might change their mind.
In Isaiah 7:14 he's Immanuel, and in Matt 1:23 he's Emmanuel, and they both mean "God with us", which is why God came down on the mountain and Jesus came as a baby, and the Holy Spirit as a rushing mighty wind.
The word "messiah", meaning 'anointed', and referring to Jesus occurs in only two places in the entire Bible: in Dan9:25,26, and in John 1:41 and4:25. It's spelled with an 's' (Messias) instead of a 'h' in the New Testament.
When Jesus was born there was "no room for him in the inn", Luke2:7, so they "laid him in a manger" (feeding trough..) in the town of Bethlehem (means 'House of Bread'). Christians celebrate his birthday on the 25th of December, even though we don't really know the exact day or month, and even the year is questionable.
Astronomers haven't been able to identify or date the Star of Bethlehem which guided the wise men, though some think it was a conjunction of two or more planets. Perhaps Venus(fem) and Jupiter(Zeus), or that they occurred in the constellation of Leo near the major star Regulus (means Prince).
People call it "Good Friday", believing it was the day our sins were washed clean by the blood of Jesus, but the days of the week aren't named in the Bible and a diligent study of the Jewish Feasts reveals that Wednesday (in the midst of the week) is more likely. Yes, the day following was a sabbath, but a "high sabbath" occurred the day after Passover. Jn19:31.
John the Baptist had called Jesus "The Lamb of God", but at the time they wouldn't have noticed the parallel to the Passover Lamb of Egypt. Now we've had time to read the whole book, it's no problem for us to see why the timing of the crucifixion occurred right on the Day of Passover: the 14th of Abib(or Nissan). Ex12:6. That's the day they killed the lamb.That's the day they 'seethed the kid in his mother's milk'. "The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk." Ex23:19, 34:26. Orthodox Jews interpret this verse to mean they shouldn't allow meat in the same location with dairy products; to prevent any 'accidental' breaking of this law. So you can't buy a cheeseburger in a Jewish restaurant.
"The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. Ex34:26.
Jesus knew the Scriptures, and used them for examples of truth! So shouldn't we do the same? When his disciples were criticized for gleaning corn on the Sabbath Day, he countered with the account of how David's men had eaten the hallowed "shewbread": 1Sam21:4, Mt12:3.When the Pharisees challenged him concerning divorce, Mt19:3, he reminded them of the Genesis account about Adam and Eve. He spoke of Elijah and Elisha, Luke4:25, and specifically referred to Psalm 82:6 re "Ye are gods". Jn10:34. "Even if you don't believe me", he said, "believe the works"
He's "the Way, the Truth, the Life", Jn14:6, which means he isn't fiction or non-factual or a lie. Maybe you can make the case that Love is greater than Truth, but "speaking the truth in love", Eph4:15,will help keep us from hearing that old clichè
"The Truth Hurts".
True to tradition, true to popular convention, and nearly true to Scripture. A close reading of the KJV reveals there were five (5) crucified at Calvary, Jn19:18 and doesn't furnish any details of Simon the Cyrenian other than he was assigned to carry Jesus' cross.
Thanks, Mel Gibson (Hollywood actor-director), for leading a revival of interest in the God of the Bible and His son Jesus (anointed) of Nazareth. Guess it was the booze talking in Aug 06 when you ranted anti-semetic and now you'll always be suspected of being a closet catholic. Too bad there are so many reporters and professors who've allowed their ignorant unbelief to permeate the modern academia and news media. Too bad that worldly celebrities like Andy Rooney take a stand for atheism and thereby influence young people who admire his homespun 'Will Rogers' style.
Genesis & Revelation: Book Ends!
In Genesis the sun and moon are created, and they "stand still" in Joshua, and in Revelation they are no longer needed. Genesis introduces the bride of Adam taken from his own body, a rib, and Revelation concludes with the bride of the Lamb, the 2nd Adam, from the body of Christ: the church. 1Cor12:27. In Genesis a mark is put on sinful Cain, and Revelation details the mark of the beast. Genesis 22:17 introduces the Promised Seed; 1Pet1:23 calls it an "incorruptible seed". If you want to understand spiritual things, it helps to know about the things of this world and a seed had to be planted in your mother or you'd never have been born in the flesh. Now it takes the Jesus Seed to get you "born-again" into the spiritual kingdom -- like Jesus tells Nicodemus in John 3:3.
In Genesis it's a New Name for Abram & Sarai, and in Ex6:3 it's the New Name of Jehovah, and the greatness of the Name is in Philippians 2:9, and in Revelation it's a New Name on a white stone.
In Exodus 3:14 ALMIGHTY GOD identifies himself as "I AM THAT I AM", and in John's Gospel Jesus identifies himself with over a dozen "I AM" declarations:
Notice how the "I AM's" contrasts with the "I Will" of Lucifer in Isa 14:12 -- the prideful boast of an ungodly achiever. In Genesis He's the Tree of Life (using hindsight), and in John's Gospel He's the Lamb of God, and in Revelation 5:5 He's the Lion of the tribe of Judah. In Genesis it's the Two Trees, and in Deuteronomy it's the Two Tablets, and in Revelation it's the Two Witnesses. Have you studied on the TWO's?
"I am come in my Father's name" (5:43).
"I am the Bread of Life" (6:35).
"I am the Bread of Life which came down from heaven" (6:41).
"I am the Living Bread" (6:51).
"I am the Light of the world" (8:12, 9:5).
"I am One that bear witness of Myself" (8:18).
"I AM come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly". John10:10
"I am the Door of the sheep" (10:7,9).
"I am the Good Shepherd" (10:14).
"I am the Resurrection and the Life" (14:6).
"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" (14:6).
"I am the True Vine" (15:1,5).
"I am he" (18:3)
Thirty similarities between Genesis and Revelation are listed in The Companion Bible by E.W.Bullinger, ca 1890. Did you imagine there would be so many? A mystery writer leaves critical clues for the final chapter, doesn't he? An 1890 truth is still truth in 2004 isn't it?
The Word of God (Jesus) is great literature and profound mystery; 1Cor2:7. Not everyone is able to plumb the depths, but folks from all walks of life, whether wealthy or poor, high-brow or low-brow, have recognized this marvelous truth and have been "born-again" and entered into the new life by following in the footsteps (principles and commandment) of Jesus. First, we must make the decision and the commitment, and then say publicly "I Do". Next, we enter into this new life by taking the new name and being submissive to what it says.