Jesus Christ: ordinary and yet exceptional

Jesus was uncommonly unique Rabbi. We expect Him to have been widely known and promoted broadly, but Jesus Christ was not a public figure as such. He had nothing physical that could help us pinpoint Him to a unique Saviour. He was a normal guy from Nazareth. An obedient Roman citizen, and unpopular preacher among His people, Jesus was just a son of a carpenter and by this virtue himself a carpenter.

The only thing that set Him apart was his teachings and acts that were full of power and authority. He had words of eternal life. 

Have you ever met somebody who you quickly judged to be very important, only to learn that their words and actions are of eternal doom? What comes out of their mouths utterly crushes the spirit. Their actions rend hearts. What they write is a sheer disappointment. 

And on the other hand, have you ever met a person(s) who you judged to be less important only to realize their value? Talk of human beings, and how we judge fellow humans, and how we want to hang around or be connected to who-is-who in town. 

So, we see that Jesus had words of eternal life, but unfortunately, those words were not written on His forehead for all and sundry. They were in His heart. Those who got their hearts to tune in to His heart soon heard from His mouth, and their lives changed. Those who heard from His mouth soon discovered treasures worth of pursuit.

But there are those who closed their hearts and allowed Satan to use them as squalid vessels of communicating noxious liquid. They were very close yet so far. They dined with Heaven and wined with Hell.

His teachings were not persuasive, for the crowds could not have deserted Him. He did not come to coax but to give eternal words. He would tell them to eat His flesh and drink His blood. That does not sound persuasive.

He had no gymnastics and theatrics to set Him apart. But He performed miracles in unparalleled authority and power.

He had no kind words for Pharisees and Sadducees, but he had gentle words for tax collectors and prostitutes.

The woman with blood issue touched His garment, and her life took a climactic turn around. Judas Iscariot kissed Him, and his life took a deleterious twist. Judas kissed heaven but missed it. He was so near yet so far.

Your take

Personally, how do you take Jesus? Does His Word of Eternal Life ring loud in your ear? Or are you hearing the Words of Eternal Damnation?

When He calls, know how to answer Him. And after that, He will not disown you before the Father, for that is His promise.

When He calls me I will answer, I’ll be somewhere working for my Lord.

“Who has believed our message

and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

and like a root out of the dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,

nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,

a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces

he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.”

Isaiah 53:1-3 (NIV)

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