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THE MAN NOBODY KNOWS

May 29, 2015

Text: “And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying ‘”Who is this?'” Matthew 21:10

Bruce Barton published a book named The Man Nobody Knows in 1925.  I expected it to be an historical work about the life of Jesus, however Barton co-opted Jesus and posed him as an example of business and business leadership. His readers were told that if they followed Jesus they would be rich and influential. My estimate is that he knew little of the real Jesus but he made lots of money by authoring that book!

Knowledge about the real Jesus is still woefully lacking in our age. People in our era believe that they know Jesus, but, they are, in fact, grossly ignorant of him. Novelist Dan Brown reaped millions from his 2003 novel The Davinci Code a murder mystery in which he avows the myths surrounding the Knights Templar (now Masons) fiction that Jesus survived the crucifixion, married Mary Magdalene, and had a son. From the bloodline of this child (according to Brown) sprang the Merovingian line of French kings. Although Brown stoutly averred that his historical facts were “99% true”, most scholars and critics denied these claims. Nevertheless, this book seems to have revived the old myths in the minds of many readers. There are always scads of folk  who swallow such drivel. Many persons embrace as true such fictional garbage with the design to disparage the Bible.

Nevertheless, the inquiry into the person and character of Jesus is a noble and necessary pursuit for the entire populace of our planet.  Jesus met a maelstrom of opposition when he came into the world to reveal God’s salvation for mankind by disclosing himself as the Son of God. His revelation of himself in human flesh was monumental. “…but in these last days He has spoken to us by his Son…He is the radiance of the glory of God, and the exact  imprint of his nature. and he upholds the universe  by the word of his power. Hebrews 1:2-3a  “…being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form…” Philippians 2:7b-3a  On the night of the institution of the Lord’s supper, a seemingly frustrated apostle named Philip asked, “Lord, show us the father, and it is enough…” John 14:8  Jesus gave a startling answer:   “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.  John 14:9b This is perhaps the initial starting point for understanding the person of Jesus: He was/is the divine Son of God!

But, remember that Jesus was both human and divine. The above paragraph cites scripture for the dual nature of Jesus. This is an enigma! Do not neglect either side of the Lord’s nature. To do so is to arrive at a skewed picture of his real person. There are many distorted concepts abroad that you should avoid. On the other hand, there are many good accounts of Jesus’ life (some bad and destructive ones also). I encourage you to pick a good one, but compare it with the Scripture and use good judgment.

The Bible, however, is your primary source for the study of Jesus Christ. Begin with the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). Study them intensely! See what these gospel writers say about Jesus. Remember that the remainder of the New Testament has much to say about Jesus, thus you need to gather information to consider with the gospels.

Neither should you neglect the Old Testament for information about Jesus. The Old Testament is only three chapters deep before its readers are accosted with the first prophesy about Jesus (Genesis 3:15). Knowledge of the Christ is given in the Old Testament in prophecy, psalmody and reflections throughout. Read it in search of Jesus Christ.

Focus on Jesus.  “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2

REM

 

 

 

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One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    Yes! I loved this one. Lots of depth there, excellent phrasing, and expanse. Thank you!

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