The 7 Types of Jesus: Who is He to you?

What does Jesus look like to you?

What does Jesus look like to you? Does he talk to you? If so, what does his voice sound like to you? What does he say to you?
I ask you all those questions because it is undeniable that people fashion Jesus into an image of their choosing. While it is natural, the question is, why? Why can't we see Jesus Christ for (Yeshua the Christ) for the average-looking (Isiah 53:2) Jewish man (Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:1-16). The simple answer is "The Perception Process,"—which is a means by which each of us selects, organizes, and interprets information based on our experiences as well as external stimuli [Ex. Book Character v. Movie Character].
In the same way, we fashion Jesus into a person of our choosing. Often, we overlook the Bible and what it tells us about Jesus, instead of defining Jesus based on our perception of happiness, creating a Jesus of our own making—carving out that which is uncomfortable and adding enhancements to please our desires.  The 7 Types of Jesus: Who is He to you will help you gain a better understanding of how you may or may not see Jesus.
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Is it wrong to have our image of Jesus?

We are forming Jesus into the image of our choosing results in people having the ability to avoid the real Jesus of the Bible. We are also avoiding the sometimes-difficult decision of entirely accepting or rejecting Him. Going the way of worship, we redefine Jesus according to the image, desires, dreams, hopes, and aspirations of our choosing. While we might believe that we are doing ourselves a favor in creating a false Christs, the reality is that these pseudo-Christs are insufficient because they have no real power. They crumble and fall at the slightest discomfort. They smash to the ground as we trip and fall into the traps of our sin and despair. They stare back at us with vacant eyes as we plead for salvation.

The 7 Types of Jesus Christ Who is He to you?

1.    Jesus, the Mascot
2.    Jesus, the Best Option (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
3.    Jesus, the Rule Maker (Mark 2:23-28)
4.    Jesus, the Giver of Prosperity (Matthew 19:16-30)
5.    Jesus, My Best Friend Forever (Matthew 8:2, 25)
6.    Jesus, the Nice Guy (Matthew 21: 12-13)
7.    Jesus, the Teddy Bear

Jesus, the Mascot

·   This version of Jesus used to cheer us up, to give us new vigor and vision, to reassure us that we are "special." We invite him to reinvigorate our celebration of victories. We believe we are destined to win. Most of the time, however, we relegate him to the sidelines as our figurehead.
·   We may be cheering for him, but we don't give him any credit for our victories.
o  Jesus never gives commands, just suggestions.
o  This Jesus understands that you are a sinner. Instead of helping you to confront your sinful nature with repentance and death, he simply encourages you to try harder, work harder, and make every effort to get to the next level.
Q: How do we know if we are treating Jesus as a Mascot?
·   The only time his name gets mentioned is when you are at church or around church people.
·   If you go to church, Bible studies, fellowships, etc. to be entertained or to have fun, not to reflect and learn how you can be more like Jesus.
·   If you talk more about what you want God to do for you or what you will do for God instead of worshipping Jesus for who He is and what he has done, is doing and will do.
·   We become worried about offending others that you do a lot of vague "God-talk" without mentioning much of Jesus.
·   If your words and deeds reflect a worldly mindset, God must be supreme in our lives, and anything that we place over God relegates Him to no higher than second place.

Jesus, the Best Option

14 Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial[a]? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."[b]17 Therefore, "Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."[c]18 And,"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."[d] (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)
·   This false Christ is the Jesus of enlightenment, the Jesus who existed in human history, but he is not nearly as radical as the Jesus of the gospels.
·   He is wise, winsome, and supernatural, who fits nicely along with the other significant religious figures Buddha, Muhammad, Vishnu, etc.
·   A safe Jesus who will only ever tell us right, affirming, uplifting things, but doesn't bother us with dangerous talk about the Kingdom of God.
·   This Jesus allows us to have intimate relationships with people involved in other religions without worrying about their salvation because he is not "the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6) but only "a way, a truth and a life."
o  With this Jesus, there is no hell; all eventually go to Heaven.
Q: How do we know if we are treating Jesus as an option?
·   All plans and activities are on your terms; in other words, you spend most of your time doing what you want, instead of what Christ commands.
·   You always bail/cancel on things that Jesus desires. Ever forget things that are important to your faith (Read the Bible, Pray, etc.)
·   You never make any efforts or moves, but just wait on Jesus to show you the way.
·   You don't find satisfaction or fulfillment in Jesus and are always looking for something else to "fill you up."
·   You are continually lying to yourself about your faith.
·   Refuse to tell others the truth about salvation and the ultimate damnation of Hell.

Jesus, the Rule Maker (Mark 2:23-28)

This Jesus is ruled by traditions and strict adherence to the "rules."
·   Many are attracted to this Jesus because he offers a simple list of rules to live by, allowing his followers to ignore the daily practice of repentance and forgiveness and the Spirit's sanctifying work and instead offers a checklist for their religion.
o  This false Jesus diminishes what sin is in our lives. In other words, this Jesus gives the false impression that sin is the result of confusion, and once we identify a sin, we can avoid it by following the rules.
Q: How do we know if we are treating Jesus as a Legalist?
·   Your spiritual disciplines (Bible Study, prayer, church attendance, etc.) define your spirituality. What you do defines who you are. It should be who you guide what you do.
·   You separate your spiritual life from our natural life. View church-like activities as religious while viewing normal activities as natural; when in reality, all are spiritual. [Ex. What you listened to when you got to church versus what you look to when you go to work…what you say to someone in church verse what you say to a life-long friend]
·   You view yourself as better than others.
·   You allow your mistakes to define you as a sinner and often get overwhelmed by your flaws.

Jesus, the Giver of Prosperity (Matthew 19:16-30)

·   This false Christ gives health, wealth, and prosperity. This Jesus always grants health or wealth to those whose faith in him reaches the level it should.
·   This Jesus doesn't merely promise you a better life. He promises a prosperous life. He, too, is an encourager and never talks about suffering or pain or anything that would indicate hardship.
Q: How do we know if we are treating Jesus as a Giver?
·   You cannot accept that Christians are bound to suffer (Acts 14:22).
·   You believe poverty and struggles evidence a lack of faith.
·   You value prosperity over peace.
·   You believe ministry is all about providing materials to people instead of giving them the "good news."
·   You think that faith is supposed to help us predict a positive future, instead of rail against injustice (Ezekiel 16:39).

Jesus, My Best Friend Forever (Matthew 8:2, 25)

Q: Shouldn't Jesus be Our Best Friend?
·   This is a Christ that is very personal to us and lives deep in our hearts.
·   You have a reciprocal relationship where you view him as someone who needs you. In other words, he is no longer your Lord, Savior, Redeemer, Rock, Salvation, etc. but a close friend.
·   Like any other friends, we can disagree with this Jesus and intentionally dishonor God without guilt or conviction. In other words, it shatters His perfection.
Q: How do we know if we are treating Jesus as a B.F.F.?
·   You believe obedience is an option.
·   You view Jesus as someone who is loyal and always on your side even when you are committing ungodly acts.
·   You feel comfortable talking to Jesus without regard to his title and position.
·   You believe you don't need anyone or anything else if you have Jesus as your best friend (don't have to go to church).

Jesus, the Nice Guy (Matthew 21: 12-13)

·   This false Jesus is meek, mild, soft, and gentle. He exalts emotions above sound teaching and has delicate features.
·   This Jesus shies away from conflict and is more concerned with making sure everyone gets along rather than presenting the truth. He is always careful not to offend anyone and would never make a controversial statement unless he is sure it would not cause a ruckus.
·   This Jesus wants to be loved and is bothered by hate.
Q: How do we know if we are treating Jesus as a Nice Guy?
·   You refrain from speaking the truth because you don't want to offend anyone.
·   You only read/listen to positive Christians.
·   You are embarrassed and ashamed to talk about your faith unless you are sure you won't offend anyone.
·   You view being famous or getting along with people as more important than following the Bible.

Jesus, the Teddy Bear

·   This Christ is a cross-less Christ with no blood, wounds, or suffering.
·   This Christ is simply around to comfort us
·   The R.E.A.L. Jesus comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable.
·   Jesus propped up no one's self-esteem. Instead, he boosts self-esteem (a person's self-estimated of worth) out the door and gives us new identities as his disciples, his followers, his students, his servants, little replicas of him.
Do you know the R.E.A.L. Jesus?
5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:5-8)

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