I find the New Testament of the Bible awe-inspiring. Jesus was an extraordinary man. He had a connection with God that was unbreakable. He had no fear, he knew he was doing the will of his Father, and he let nothing stand in his way. WOW, that is certainly something to aspire to.
There is a belief out there that Jesus “is” God in the flesh. I was called stupid by a blog reader who said I was going against the Bible with the things I was saying. Well, I beg to differ with him. I have read many different versions of the Bible and nowhere in any of them have I seen where it states that “Jesus is God in the flesh.” Some verses are used to claim Jesus is God, but nowhere does it state that. However, there are hundreds of clear statements that specifically state that Jesus is the “son of God.” Jesus himself said, “I am the son of God.” Matt. 27:43.
Jesus said, “I and my father are one.” John 10:30. Some people take this to mean they were one and the same, one in quantity. But if you read everything else Jesus says, the only conclusion you can come to is, that he meant one in quality, not quantity. He does his fathers will.
Another thing that was brought to my attention by a blog reader was that God brings us misery to teach us lessons. If that is true, why is it that Jesus defied his father and broke all the laws of physics, he walked on water, changed the water to wine, fed the multitudes with next to nothing, forgave the sinners, healed the sick, raised the dead and much more. He was teaching and saving mankind from their miseries. God does not bring us misery; he leads us out of misery. Jesus proved that.
Jesus was an inspired teacher, and I try to live by what he taught. His sermon on the mount, which includes the Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer, and elaborates more on the Ten Commandments, is all the advice I ever need to live by. In his parables, he brought his lessons down to a level the people of those days could understand.
His parables are: the two debtors, the sewer, the tares and wheat, the mustard seed, the leaven, the treasure hid in the field, the pearl of great price, draw the net, the candle on the candlestick. In later blogs, I’ll tell you what each one of these means to me. I’ve already blogged about what the Lord’s Prayer means to me.
Now that I have shared with you how I define God, and what I believe about Jesus I’m ready to start sharing my weekly studies and how they influence my daily life, and how I work through daily aggravations and disappointments, and how I rejoice when things are going well.
“And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Matt. 7:28-29