The Truth about Jesus Christ and His Personality


What do you think it would be like to be around Jesus?

Written by Marcus Carter

I don't think many of us have thought about it, but Jesus, most of us worship, is a dull, bland, and "blah" person. Knowing Jesus is about more than merely memorizing scriptures and following the "rules" requires us to understand who Jesus is and form a relationship with Jesus, the human being as well as the son of God. Jesus was a three-dimensional person! Which means He had a personality.  The Truth about Jesus Christ and His personality will show you that Jesus is not merely words-on-paper, but a person we hold onto.
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How do we go about unraveling Jesus' personality?

The first step is to remove the religious costume that the Church has put on Jesus, the stained glass, the white robe and sandals, the super-spiritual Jesus. If you just take off the religious costume, you realize He was, to begin with, a man. His humanity is real, and you start looking for his personality in these stories… his playfulness, his cunning, his disruptive honesty. The more that you come to know Jesus for who He is, loving Him is not a problem.
We're told that you can have a relationship with Jesus, but most Christians don't experience Jesus personally like that. We don't experience Him and His personality like we do the people we love the most in our lives. The most important thought you will ever have is what you think about Jesus. Reading the Gospels without the personality of Jesus is like watching television with the sound turned off. That's why so many of these passages seem so bizarre to us.

What are some revelations all disciples should know about Jesus' personality?

Jesus is playful! (John 21:4-7)

4 Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus. 5 He called out to them, "Friends, haven't you any fish?" "No," they answered. 6 He said, "Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish. 7 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!"
·   When we pause and think, "OK, God created laughter, and He gave us the capacity for laughter." But then we don't really see that when we read the Gospels; we perceive Jesus as a very serious person.
·   Then, we take the playfulness of creation, and you say, "Wait a second, God created laughter. Maybe Jesus is playful. Maybe we just haven't found it in the Gospels." Read back through some of these stories such as the miraculous catch of fish in John 21, and realize that Jesus is a very playful person with a great sense of humor."  [1]
o  In our culture, most humor is based on joke-telling, verbal ambiguities, and physical comedy. Jewish humor often employed witty hyperbole—clever, startling, over-the-top statements—to get a laugh.

Do you enjoy being a disciple? Do you have fun?

·   Our perception of Jesus has caused many of us to take the fun out of faith. Jesus had fun! He did it all by God's will, but he had fun.
o  Many Christians don't want to laugh at Church or when they are talking about faith. They don't want to acknowledge some of the hilarious situations we find ourselves in because of our faith, but laughter, fun, etc. are all part of being a disciple.
What is killing your fun?
·   Fear - A person who is overly concerned about what others think about them is bound to their opinions rather than God's view of them (Proverbs 29:25). If this is the case, they are not free to have fun. Fear stands guard around their hearts, which keeps them in bondage.
·   Discontentment - Without sound theological moorings to sustain you and a growing awareness of the freedom that you have in Christ, you will become that Christian peering through the razor wire.
·   Anger - The result of fear and discontentment is the frustrated heart. These things working together will make you angry, which is a set up for a trap. In time, you will overreact by throwing off the shackles of religion and begin acting like the world.

Jesus is the Least Religious Person you will EVER Meet

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. 9 When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. 10 Jesus said to them, "Bring some of the fish you have just caught." 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. (John 21:7-13)
It's ironic that the most religious figure in the history of the world. The Christian image of Jesus is draped in hyper-spiritual religiousness. Jesus was about relationships, not religion. Look at how He acts after His resurrection. Jesus doesn't just dash off to the Father and leave us here. He spends a good bit of time still with his disciples. The way that He relates to them is so human.
·   John 21 is the third time that the disciples have seen Jesus after the resurrection. He does this marvelous thing where He repeats the same story of how they met Him. The way that these guys got pulled into being disciples was the miraculous catch of fish on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. He does it again. Then, what does He do? He says, "Come and have breakfast." They have a cookout on the beach. Jesus does not even show up in the temple after the resurrection. He doesn't show up in the synagogue. He doesn't invite these guys to a Bible study. There's a realness to Him. There's an earthiness. There's an authenticity to Him that we yearn to experience. This is the resurrected Christ. This is post-redemption.
o  Compare the number of times that Jesus is in the temple verse the number of times he is at someone's home.
o  Jesus reprimanded religious leaders more than any other group in the New Testament (77 times), followed by the faithful (28 times), and His disciples (12 times).
·   When we view Jesus as very religious, we end up being very religious ourselves. A bland, religious Jesus leads to a bland, religious church.
o  This not only damages our ability to experience the fullness of Jesus, but also our ability to witness to others about Jesus.

Jesus Loves Close Friendships

14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God."(Luke 22:14-16)
Jesus enjoyed time with His friends in close "table fellowship." He enjoyed sharing meals with them and expressed sadness when it was time for Him to leave.
What can we learn from table fellowships?
·   Jesus is present, taking an active role whether as a guest or host. He is concerned about those at table with him and serves them, responding to their need for food, healing, teaching, or correction.

Jesus welcomes all, sinner or righteous, poor or rich.

·   He does not fear being compromised by the company he keeps; and he overturns human expectations by expressing his own unique values.
·   While there were instances where Jesus went to pray alone, most of the time Jesus was amid His disciples and, during very trying times, we see Jesus relying on His "inner circle"—John, Peter and James (Matthew 17:1; Mark 5:37, 14:37; Luke 8:51)
o  Recall that Jesus entrusted John to take care of His mother before He was crucified (John 21:7)
·   Jesus spent quality and quantity time with His followers. He coveted their fellowship, taught them, and helped them focus on what was eternal.

Jesus is disruptively honest

15 The woman said to him, "Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." 17 "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."(John 4:15-18)
·   Jesus pulls no punches when it comes to sin and issues that prevent mankind from abundant living. Remember the woman at the well? He gets right to the heart of the issue, telling her what she needs to be healed.
·   Jesus never violated His own Word. He spoke TRUTH wherever He went. He lived a life we could follow explicitly. "I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE..." (John 14:6). At the same time, He was PEACEABLE. He did not argue His case, nor try to bully His way into people's hearts.
·   Jesus did not tolerate sin and was quick to correct sinful behavior while still is showing love to the sinners (He was especially hard on those who claimed to follow God).
    Do you hate sin?
·   Jesus was angry when the leaders of the synagogue did not want Him to heal a man, just because it was the Sabbath day (Mark 3:5)
·   Jesus told the Pharisees that their inner life was ""full of self-indulgence"" (Matthew 23:25) - which meant that they lived only to please themselves.
·   Jesus hated impurity so much that He told His disciples that they should be willing to pluck out their right eye and cut off their right hand rather than sin with those members (Matthew 5:27-29).
·   Jesus was excited whenever He saw faith in people (Matthew 8:10). And He was disappointed when He saw people unwilling to trust in a loving Father in heaven (Mark 6:6).

Jesus is fiercely intentional

42 Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:42-45)
·   Jesus accomplished more in three years of ministry than most people do during their entire lifetime. He always stayed focused on His life's purpose and overall mission…to do the will of the Father.
·   Jesus was not nice; He was kind.
How would God use you to lead more people to Him?

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