Over the weekend I posted my review of the book, The Jesus We Missed. If you read my review, you know that I was greatly disappointed.
The book was supposed to be about the humanistic side of Christ and what we possibly missed by seeing Him as a deity rather than a human. I think the author missed the human side of Jesus completely, because as I was venturing into the New Testament in my B90 reading (Bible in 90 Days), I was fascinated to discover those raw humanistic traits of Jesus that we seem to always overlooked.
While reading Matthew, I was overwhelmed by the characteristic traits of Jesus that we miss while reading scriptures, looking for those nuggets of mercy, love and grace. I soon started circling those “things” Jesus did in red ink.
This week, I want to DIG IN to the humanistic side of Christ, so we can be sure to grasp that Jesus truly did come to earth to live with us and be like us—sin excluding.
So let’s meditate/reflect/DIG IN on this scene from Matthew, chapter 4:1-11 (MSG, emphasis mine). What I want to do is unique. I just want to capture the moment. Capture…Jesus.
“Jesus was taken into the wild by the Spirit for the Test. The Devil was ready to give it.This is the Jesus we missed.
Jesus prepared for the Test, leaving Him in a state of extreme hunger.
Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy.
Jesus countered with another citation from Deuteronomy.
Jesus’ refusal was curt: “Beat it, Satan!”
He backed his rebuke with a third quotation from Deuteronomy.
The test was over.”
So this is how we’re going to see Jesus this week. In snippets of time. In reactions. In true motion.
Jesus was taken. Jesus prepared. Jesus was in a state. Jesus answered. Jesus countered. Jesus was curt. Jesus backed his rebuke.
Whoa! I don’t know about you, but those are pretty powerful descriptive words, and they’ll only get better as we tag along with Jesus, hand in hand this week. This will be the Jesus we can touch, we can see, and we can get close to. This is the Christ we can relate to.
If you have the time this week, read the book of Matthew 3-28. I will be taking all of my scriptures from this book, as this is the only book so far that I’ve done this type of research from. Pay special attention to WHAT Jesus does, and HOW He does or says something. If you feel bold and don’t mind pages of red markings in your bible, circle those things that jump out at you.
Get ready, because this week is going to be a fun adventure in getting to know Jesus on much more personal level.