So, there is a lot of talk about this Jesus character. Why? Isn’t there anyone else to talk about? Hitler, the Dalai Lama, Nobel prize winners? I guess they are all temporary, what makes this Jesus dude so different?
Yeah, yeah so His-story was changed with His coming. Any ‘celebrities’ done the same? Julius Caesar? Uhh! What did he do? Just saying! Who built the pyramids in Egypt? The Spinx?Names/personalities are forgotten. But, this Jesus dude remains rooted in time, in His-story. Wait! history, simply put is His-story. Who? Ok, getting deeper by the minute–how, why, who??? Ok, so I am here, why? My mother and father ‘kicked it.’ Hold on! That probably was not the only time! But, why that time? Why 9 months? Even premature birth, I am here- Why? Beffudling thoughts! I was made for a reason!
“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
So, I was created with a purpose? What is that purpose? Everyday, I get up…school, work or weekend. Live somewhere, a shelter, apartment, house, even jail… But why am I here?
Many times I have been unhappy. Not a good thing… Where do I turn to? Friends? Family? Again, WHY am I here? Chance? A mistake? My parents got too frisky?
To get down to it, I have a purpose, a need. To eat! Ok, ok first I was fed by my parents or my mom to be exact. When that is over, then? Oh yeah! School! Then? A job? Ok… Kinda getting the picture. Hold up! A job pays for the place I live, the food I eat, food/rent/clothing/gas etc., it goes on. So, I work so I can live? That is insurmountable, but to live well — work hard? Harder? Be recognized! For what? Why? It all becomes a spiral… earn/spend/need/want… then??? Ok, retirement! Have I earned enough to be truly happy? Hopefully my investments, savings, the stock market, my retirement (if I have one) holds up. I definitely don’t want to be one of “those.” Hey! One of whom? Just saying…
Is life a spiral? What IS my purpose? Why? Where? Whom? Gets deep! Ok, to put it simply, why am I? Who am I? Where am I? What next? Is life recycled? Do I get to come back as a butterfly? Thinking too grand? A maggot, a slug? Somewhere I remember hearing “Made in His image…” Who’s image? Get’s a tad bit confusing! I am me, just as someone else is them. Personalities make us different. Individual/different/unique! Each is their own person. Every situation is different! Even twins are different. They do not go to the bathroom at the same time. Ok, ok… Siamese twins! But, if they each have their own organs they go individual of the other. Personalities? Different… Ok, so once I heard ‘the two will become one’. I admit, I was a little confused until the older, more mature me figured it out… My parents are truly ‘connected,’ to state a fact that is painfully obvious (Duh! I was SO blind) My Dad gets the smallest things for my Mom. They each had and have their parts to play. All of a sudden, I realize what love is… I read somewhere Love is patient, love is kind, love does not insist on its own way…and all that ‘crap,’ Is it ‘crap?’ No, No, No… When we truly look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
This kinda points out a lot! So…This Jesus came to show Love? Because we are Loved by God? Ok, ok, ok…So, a part of God, if I am to believe it came to Earth, lived in this world and lived right? Without doing wrong? Yeah right! No fights as a kid? Ok, ok, ok…so at 12 He went to the temple and astonished the elders by His knowledge of The Word! – Luke 2:41-52
Ok, fine! So, I thought people married ‘younger’ in those days. Also, under Judaism, boys could marry or make religious vows at 14-years-old and girls at 12-years-old, both only with parental permission, which parental permission was required until both boys or girls were 21-years-old. To read it all, feel free to visit:
I state this for a fact. Jesus (the apparent ‘loser’) was still unmarried at 30! Uhh! That is 15 years after the age (we just proved) that individuals got married. What did He look like?
Why do we focus on this? Many reasons, in modern times, Jesus is portrayed as clean shaven. Uhh! The Jewish way was not this. Also, He was able to move around without being recognized at times. It is unlikely that His features were especially distinctive. On one occasion He was able to travel in secret from Galilee to Jerusalem without being recognized. (John 7:10, 11) And He apparently did not stand out even amongst His closest disciples. Recall that Judas Iscariot had to identify Jesus to the armed crowd that arrested Him.—Matthew 26:47-49.
Essentially we get the idea that Jesus was no different than many of the people in that day. More so, it strikes me that Jesus bore the flagellation and was essentially ‘dead,’ before being nailed to the cross. Not tied as was standard, but nailed because of a lack of ‘decent’ tissue to tie to the cross.
This was a long drawn out process of humiliation. Yes! Paintings today show a loincloth for decency, but part of the shame was the lack of ‘privacy’ in your dying hours. Jesus was all but dead when He was nailed to the cross. It was a long, drawn-out, and painful experience. It was used to publicly humiliate slaves and criminals (not always to kill them), and as an execution method it was usually reserved for individuals of very low status or those whose crime was against the state. This is the reason given in the Gospels for Jesus’s crucifixion: as King of the Jews, Jesus challenged Roman imperial supremacy (Matt 27:37; Mark 15:26; Luke 23:38; John 19:19–22). AThis was all foretold in the old testament:
We can spend hours on this:
• Isaiah 53:3 says, “He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hid their faces, He was despised and we esteemed him not.”
• Fulfillment: John 1:10-11 says, “He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him.”
• Bible Prophecy: Psalm 41:9 says, “Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”
• Fulfillment: Mark 14:10 says, “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.”
Essentially, it was written and so it was. Jesus knew exactly what would happen, thus His sweating blood in the hours preceding His being taken. To the point, that fact is so often missed, the disciples he had with Him were so fatigued that they fell asleep in exhaustion. Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Then He returned to His disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” He asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” — Matthew 26:39-41
Again, so much was happening here, SO MUCH! It is difficult to put it all into words. Where are you? What is going on with you? Ready to cast your ballot? To choose your side?