JESUS – THE MAN

Jesus the man

JESUS OF NAZARETH — Pictured: (l-r center) Michael York as John the Baptist, Robert Powell as Jesus — Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

If I had not been too busy to post the last few days, I probably would have posted this already.  As it turns out I am glad it is coming on the New Year’s Day.  We have just left Jesus, the babe born to be a sacrifice for us, in which I wrote of the sacrifice he made by leaving his heavenly realm and coming to earth.  So today I have come to that MAN, Jesus.  John presents several names relating to the living, walking, eating, playing, working Jesus!  So all the “spiritual” celebration is past and we are left with a Jesus who was like us, except without sin.  How did he model behavior that we need to heed in this new year.

So on to #10 and the last of this series.

NAMES OF JESUS IN THE 1ST CHAPTER OF JOHN:

#10  HE WAS CALLED JESUS OF NAZARETH, SON OF JOSEPH, SON OF MAN:

So let’s look at a group of names: Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph, son of man, these refer to Jesus’ status on earth.  How different from the Word, the One and Only, the Only Begotten, Son of God  – the Royal names of Jesus!  It is appropriate that these names were dealt with at Christmas time!  The “Word” came to earth; the “Word” became man.  And not a kingly man, but one born in a manger.  How many of you ever had a parent say to you, “Were you born in a barn”?  According to an idiom dictionary that means “you left the door open, or you were ill-mannered or messy.”  Definitely not a compliment.

I don’t know that Jesus born in a barn meant that, but it certainly denotes a person of lowly birth.  That meaning is also present in the name “Jesus of Nazareth.”  Just think, we southerners might say, Jesus of Podunk; Podunk meaning a small, insignificant, unimportant village.

That Jesus fella is Joe’s kid – Jesus son of Joseph – from Podunk, just a man like we are.  Joe is pretty well known because of his expertise as a carpenter; other than that he doesn’t amount to much.  Same can be said for Jesus, Joe’s kid.  Just a man like you and me!

“Just a man like you and me.”  Jesus, son of man.  Verse 14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

A few things from his life we could copy:  Have mercy, give grace, receive people graciously, walk humbly, touch the hurting, warn the wicked.  Did I lose anyone with warn the wicked?  He did.  He did both, warned them and lost them.  He cared, he loved enough to take the risk.  So my advice for 2019 – Choose Heaven’s path, Jesus; get off Hell’s highway.  Looks can be deceiving!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR BLOGGING FRIENDS.  THE ENDURING KIND OF HAPPINESS WILL ONLY BE FOUND IN JESUS, THE WORD, THE CHRIST, THE MAN.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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2 Responses to JESUS – THE MAN

  1. Faye says:

    Thank you and a-men. HAPPY NEW YEAR with His Presence and Strength is all your living.2019.

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