During our series on the gospel of John, our guest speaker, Dr. Tim Maynard, spoke to us about how Jesus was (and still is today) very misunderstood. Following along with that theme, let’s look at some common misconceptions, many of which are shared between the people of his time on earth and the people of today.
Myth: Jesus’s life began in Bethlehem
Many understandably think that Jesus’ life began when he was born to Mary and Joseph and laid in a manger. While this was certainly where he was born in his incarnation, the Bible tells us that Jesus, just like God the Father, is eternal, and was present and actively participating in the creation of the world. John 1:1-18
Myth: Jesus was weak
During his life, many discredited Jesus as the Messiah because he didn’t fit the image of a military general that they had in their head. He may have been perceived as weak or unimposing as well, given Isaiah 53:2. Many today would say that his teachings of “turn the other cheek” or the like indicated weakness. However, Jesus came not in weakness or in cowardice, but instead as one to whom the victory was guaranteed - one who was supreme and sovereign over all. From turning over tables of money changers (John 2:13-17) to his final victory over the influence of Satan and sin in the great battle of Revelation 19:11-16, Jesus is not shown to be fearful or afraid of anything. Rather, like he calls his followers to do, he endured everything for the will of the Father and for the good of those whom God has called.
Myth: Jesus was a good teacher or prophet
While it’s uncontested that the teachings of Jesus are great (He is God, after all), to stop there is to miss out on the real good news of Jesus’s life, burial, and resurrection. In his time, Jesus was often mistaken as just a good teacher or a prophet, a precursor to the Messiah. While Jesus certainly was a prophet, and while he was certainly both an excellent teacher and a prophet, he was more importantly the one prophesied about. Jesus’ coming was foretold for many millennia, and his fulfillment of the prophesies were evidence of his authority as the God-Man, the only begotten Son of the Living God.
These are just a few myths about the Jesus that are common both in our time, as well as the time that Jesus walked the earth. It’s important for us to know and represent accurately who Jesus is because our faith and hope rests solely in him and all that he’s done for us. To learn more about God, and by extension, Jesus, consider joining us for our Attributes of God class beginning Sunday, September 9th: http://www.thedistrictchurch.com/classes/