4 More Truths about Jesus
Years ago, there was a popular Christian movement that popularized the question, “What would Jesus do?” It spawned a line of bracelets and jewelry which helped people think about how our Lord would act. Such thinking surely has its merits, but it can also have a drawback. If one doesn’t actually know what Jesus would do, one can’t do what He would do. As a result, knowing Jesus is critical to Christian growth and development (Philippians 3:10-14).
Jesus was a fulfillment of prophecy.
The way in which He fulfilled a multitude of Hebrew prophecies is nothing short of a miracle. When Paul preached before Agrippa, he defended his message, arguing that he merely preached what was well predicted in the Old Testament. He said he preached, “nothing other than what the prophets and Moses said would take place — that the Messiah must suffer…” (Acts 26:22). Bible teachers have noted that our Lord fulfilled around 300 of them. Such a feat sets Jesus in a different category than all other religious leaders.
Jesus was sinless.
When answering the challenges of the Pharisees, our Lord asked, “Who among you can convict Me of sin?” (John 8:46). The question anticipated a response of silence. No one could accuse Him of sin, because He never committed one. Such truth is pivotal to salvation. If Jesus would have violated God’s law in any shape or form, He would have been an ineffective sacrifice for our sin. Paul said, “He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Though He faced the natural limitations of humanity, Jesus never said, thought, or did anything which displeased God. Because of His sinlessness, He was a fitting substitute for our sins. Indeed, He was “the righteous” who suffered “for the unrighteous” (1 Peter 3:18).
Jesus can sympathize with us.
He was not a pie-in-the-sky holy man who was unfamiliar with the plight of everyday humans. Scripture says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus faced all of the temptations which are common to humanity (Matthew 4:1-11), yet He persevered through them all. He knew the sting of rejection, the pull of materialism, the hurt of criticism, the temptation of pride, and the throes of grief. There is nothing you have encountered which Jesus didn’t encounter. He knows what you’ve been through, and He understands your struggle. On top of that, He overcame such things. Because of His victory, we should lean on Him for strength (Hebrews 4:16).
We should aim to be like Jesus.
He is the standard for Christian maturity. The Bible says, “We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). Jesus is our Messiah and our means of redemption, but He is also a model for how we should live. When we keep our eyes of faith fixed on Him (Hebrews 12:1-2), we will progressively become more and more like Him.
Dr. Patrick Latham