I can’t grasp Jesus.
I know who He is.
I understand why He came and what He accomplished.
Still, there are facets within Jesus that take my breath away.
5 Breath-taking Views of Jesus
#1 Starting with a Stable
I struggle with the simplicity and humbleness of birth in a barn.
I wouldn’t want to be born in a barn. Nor would I want to give birth there, either.
#2 Washing Feet
I don’t like feet.
So often I’m awkward around others. I’m too consumed by their judgments to do something as spontaneous and radical as washing feet.
For me, feet are personal and I find the idea of handling someone else’s feet uncomfortable.
Jesus washed feet on purpose. He wasn’t coaxed or guilted toward it. He washed the feet of the disciples to demonstrate His love and His service.
#3 The Cross
For a long time I refused to watch The Passion of the Christ due to the violent scene of His crucifixion.
The image of Jesus on the cross is excruciating. The pain is incomprehensible. The suffering is too much for me to bear.
Jesus suffered on a cross on purpose.
#4 The Grave Clothes
I tend to feel a bit claustrophobic in tight spaces. It happens unexpectedly—in a crowded elevator or at an event where others close in to choke away personal space.
They bound Jesus in grave clothes. Tightly wrapped in the grip of death, His body lay there in the darkness for days.
Jesus allowed His body to be wrapped in death and covered in darkness.
#5 Making Breakfast
It sounds so domestic and rather unpredictable.
Who dies on a cross, defeats death and the grave, and then cooks fish for a few fishermen?
Breakfast on the seashore sounds so out of sync with what we’d assume would happen. It’s certainly not how I’d write the scene.
Where’s the royalty? Where’s the reward?
Jesus from My Own Perspective
There’s a constant fight within myself between who God is and who I am beneath His sovereignty. Though I recognize my nothingness without Him, I still battle with trying to be more than that—a continuous war with who I’m supposed to be and the selfish desire to be something else.
Jesus never fought with His identity.
He never felt less than or unsure of Himself.
Jesus felt comfortable within His own skin and set out to accomplish His purpose without over-thinking or complicating what He knew He’d been called to be.
What does my view of Jesus convey to the world?
What does this view convey about me?
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8
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Crystal Green says
Such a well written post. The Bible has provided many views of Jesus that are certainly breathtaking. Especially when we have to think about how they would apply to our life.
Mitzi Smith says
thanks, Crystal–and you’re so right–it’s the living it out 🙂
Sherry Carter says
Love this post, Mitzi! It takes my breath away every time I think about God’s infinite power and unimaginable glory being overshadowed by His amazing love. So much so that He was willing to set all it aside and die on the cross for me.
Mitzi Smith says
Sherry- that’s a beautiful thought. and I’m like you–I’m overwhelmed by what He did for me.