When teaching younger Bible school classes, I usually have the kids read from the Bible. I don’t do this just for the academic act of reading, I do this so I can challenge them to open their eyes and see what is there.
You can almost hear those who first heard this begin to question: why do we need another covenant? God established his covenant with us on Mount Sinai. What could be better than that?
Jesus Christ is the complete answer of God for the problem and need of mankind.
How do I love God with my mind? The Lord Jesus included this as a part of what he knew to be the “greatest commandment.” Since it held such an important place in the Lord Jesus’ thoughts it ought to hold a similarly great place in ours, shouldn’t it?
Just as I preach about the church of the Bible, I also need to preach about the Christ of the Bible, and do. Just as I preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Church?” I also need to preach on “How Can I Know When I Have Found the Right Jesus?” In His discourse concerning the impending destruction of the city of Jerusalem by the Romans (which occurred in A. D. 70) Jesus warned, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Through the centuries, many false christs (messiahs) have arisen. So, how can we know when we have found the right Jesus, the right Christ?
The title, “The imperfect Jesus,” reminds us to use Bible words with Bible meanings. Hebrews 5.9 states that Jesus was perfected by obedience. Here are verses 8-10:
As we look at the conversation Jesus had with his disciples in the upper room, we can understand some of the frustration they were having. Jesus had been their teacher for a few years. They had travelled around as his pupils, learning from him. But they could feel that something was about to happen. He had washed their feet. He had talked about bread and wine representing his body and blood. And he kept talking about going away.
He was born to a humble family in a humble dwelling. He lived most of his life in obscurity as the son of a carpenter. He was nobody of importance, except that he was the most important person to ever step foot on earth.
The Pharisees asked Jesus questions sometimes trying to catch him in one of their traps. They attempted this in Matthew chapter 22 with a question about taxes. The Herodians were with them for their purposes.
That really confused them – how could Jesus give them his flesh to eat? That simply did not make any sense to them. What Jesus said next they absolutely did not comprehend.
Jesus lived at a unique juncture in history. It was a time when God related to his chosen people based upon the old covenant, yet Jesus was about to inaugurate a new covenant relationship from God available to all people.
By my count, Jesus mentioned Solomon twice in the gospels. In one instance, he pitted the iconic glory of Solomon – a king who expanded Israel’s wealth and territory like no king before or since – against a flower.
Today, the replies still vary.