Thursday, March 24, 2016

Who Jesus Was Not and Who He Was

Jesus was not One who seriously considered the devil's temptations because He had resolved to single-heartedly follow His Father's commands regarding His speech and actions (John 8:28-29)

Jesus was not One who had to prove who He was because He knew where He came from and where He was going (John 8:14)

Jesus was not One who needed to receive authority over the kingdoms of the world because all things were made through Him (John 1:3)

Jesus was not One who would allow Himself to worship the deceiver because He was the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and would only worship the Lord (Exodus 20:3)

Jesus was not One who would test His God, to see if angels would catch Him because He knew that He had 12 legions of angels at his disposal to save Him from death (Matthew 26:53) and because God had said not to put Him to the test (Deuteronomy 6:16)

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Jesus was One who was filled with the Spirit of the Lord (not one who was seeking fulfillment elsewhere)

Jesus was One who was anointed to preach the good news to the poor (not one with a mission to the wealthy)

Jesus was One who was sent to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind (not one to place religious chains on people or to give a pat on the back to the self-righteous who thought they could see)

Jesus was One who was sent to release the oppressed (not one to load people down with more religious rules)

Jesus was One who came to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor (not one to establish Himself as a political Messiah)

from Luke 4:1-30


There was no question in Jesus’ mind about his identity and that people’s response to him would determine their eternal destiny.

It was only through Restraint that Jesus could Rescue.

There was no other way to completely fulfill the requirement of God's perfect justice.

As we draw near to Good Friday, may God help us to understand in a new and transforming way why Jesus came and what that means to us today. Help us to remember.


(Linking up with Velvet Ashes this week on the theme of Remember)






4 comments:

  1. Thank you for your post Jodie. I like how you positioned who Jesus was against who He was not. I especially liked this one today: "Jesus was One who was filled with the Spirit of the Lord (not one who was seeking fulfillment elsewhere)"...not one who was seeking fulfillment elsewhere.....but filled with the Spirit....

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Michele. Always appreciate hearing your heart,

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  2. Jodie, thank you for sharing this post with the Velvet Ashes community. We need these reminders of who Jesus was and was not - and the courage it gives us to move toward being more like Him!

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    1. Patty, When I was writing this post, I wasn't thinking about how we could follow Jesus' example in who He was and who He was not. Thanks for pointing that out!

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