Thursday, May 15, 2014

what kind of man is this?

Jesus did many things... "If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." (John 21:25)

I sooooooo love the point that John makes at the end of John 21. It is so true. There are already SO MANY books that have been written about Jesus... and we still have not finished writing about Him! Just imagine...what if God had given us MORE to digest in scripture? I can't even fathom it.

Even in His own time, we see the impact of Jesus... Check out the writings of Josephus, a 1st century Jewish historian born in AD 37:

"About this time came Jesus, a wise man, if indeed it is appropriate to call him a man. For he was a performer of paradoxical feats, a teacher of people who accept the unusual with pleasure, and he won over many of the Jews and also many Greeks. He was the Christ. When Pilate, upon the accusation of the first men amongst us, condemned him to be crucified, those who had formerly loved him did not cease to follow him, for he appeared to them on the third day, living again, as the divine prophets foretold, along with a myriad of other marvellous things concerning him. And the tribe of the Christians, so named after him, has not disappeared to this day."

Jesus also shows up later in writings from AD 116 by the Roman Historian, Tacitus, who refers to Him as "Christus". In Tacitus writings, we see confirmations of both the life and death of Christ in Judea. Even more importantly, he confirms that Jesus death was by crucifixion. As a Roman, Tactitus unsympethetically records the spread of Christianity and the persecution of Christ's followers as they faithfully spread His message of redemption throughout Rome:

"Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired."

Christian scholar Edwin Yamauchi said that death by crucifixion was the "most ignominious death" reserved for the lowest and most worthless criminals. By Tacitus' own account, it is interesting to see that the direction of mankind continued to follow Jesus despite his lowly death. More importantly, those who believed that He was God were prepared to follow Jesus no matter what - - even to the penalty of their own death! His message was that important and continues to be even today... what a Messiah!!!

Both believers and non-believers alike have written, debated, filmed, argued and interpreted so much about this simple man from Nazarath. Centuries of eyes have been cast upon Him, volumes of words have been written about Him.... and still, we can't seem to get enough. Every single day on this earth is even measured to Christ's life on the calendar... BC (before Christ was born) or AD (after Christ was on earth). We cannot help but focus on Him. Whether we admit it or not... whether we believe in Him or not.... we are drawn to recognize His life...His death...His LIFE! Like it or not, He has captivated man's attention so that all must ask, "What kind of man is this?" For no other has done what He has done. Whatever one may believe about Jesus, there is no denying the ripple effect that His life has produced. It is astounding, to say the least.

When I consider John's statement again, I am overwhelmed with the thought of how many books HAVE actually been written about Jesus in the course of my lifetime alone. I'm certain the number cannot be calculated. There is no other man in all of history who has produced more fruit and reached more people than my loving Savior. There is no One greater.... no One better. He alone is separate, unique and holy from all the rest. Only the King of all kings could produce such a response from all mankind. And yet, this world cannot contain His glory... He is too awesome!

This is Jesus the Christ... My Messiah. My Savior. My King!!! I am His follower and will glorify His name forever and ever!

Ladies, take the time to place your eyes upon the ONE who is worthy of all praise!!!  Make today (and everyday) all about Him!

This is Jesus!!! 
My Redeemer!!! 
He is coming again!!! 
Are you ready?

Blessings!

~Victoria

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