Introducing Jesus, The Man

About the Human side of Jesus: His physical appearance, His preaching style, and His mannerisms. 

Read Hebrews 2:10-18 and Philippians 2:6-8. Jesus shared in our humanity for thirty-three years, and greatly suppressed His divinity for our sake, in order to suffer death on the cross for our sins.

Jesus’ Physical Appearance
Sometimes, we see pictures depicting Jesus as being a very handsome man with a nicely trimmed beard and beautiful facial features, but scripture says otherwise.

Isaiah 53:2 says,

"He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him,
   nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him"

Based on Revelation 1:12-14, some say Jesus' hair had the texture of wool, but these verses are not talking about texture, but about color. It says, "His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow." Also, these verses in Revelation are not describing a physical flesh and blood body, but something very spiritual after the Lord's ascension to Heaven.

The truth is, we don’t know what Jesus' face looked like. All we know is that Jesus was, according to the flesh, of the Middle-Eastern Hebrew race; Most likely, Jesus did not have an "Afro" hair style, and most likely, Jesus did not have blue eyes; Therefore, every image we see depicting Jesus Christ's with certain facial features is false, because nobody really knows.

Jesus’ Preaching Style
Jesus was very careful in how He spoke to people. His tone was gentle for the most part. He did cry out in the temple when He purged it (John 7:25-29), and on the cross, for good reason (Luke 23:44-45), but for the most part, His tone was gentle.

Read what Isaiah 42:1-3 (also read Matthew 12: 13-2) says about Jesus’ preaching style.

Jesus’ Mannerisms
Jesus had emotions just like we have: joy, anger, frustration, sorrow, and compassion. He was harsh, when necessary, especially towards those deserving rebuke.

His Anger - Matthew 21: 12-14, Matthew 21:18-19 and Mark 3:1-5

His Anguish as His death approached - Luke 12:50 and Luke 22:43-44

His Compassion - Mark 6:34

His Frustration - Luke 9:37-43, Mark 8:11-13, and Mark 8:14-21

His Gentleness in rebuking - John 5:1-14

His Harshness in rebuking – Matthew 23:13-33

His Humility - Mark 10:18, Philippians 2: 5-8

His Joy - Luke 10:17-21

His Love - He proved it on the cross.

His Sorrow (weeping) – John 11:35 and Luke 19:41

Study: Jesus, The Truth

Jesus Christ said:

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 
 John 14:6
That is a pretty clear statement with no wiggle room.

Jesus Holds the Keys to Death and Hades

In Revelation 1: 17-18, the apostle John describes seeing Jesus Christ in all His glory and wrote,

17 "When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as though dead. Then He placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid.I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look,
I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. ' "

Jesus is the One who holds the keys and authority over where souls go after death.

Jesus rescues us from the fear of death, if we put our faith in Him.  

Hebrews 2:14-15 says of Jesus:

14 "Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Jesus frees us from the fear of death because He has promised us eternal life.

As a matter of fact, after Jesus died on the cross, His Spirit went down into the "lower earthly regions" to where the dead are held. Ephesians 4:7-10 reads: 

7 "But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says:
'When He ascended on high, He took many captives
    and gave gifts to His people.'

(What does “He ascended” mean except that He also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)".

When Jesus went down, He preached to the spirits of mankind who died prior to His own death so that they would be judged equally with those still living...according to the grace offered by gospel of Christ.  1 Peter 3:18-21 reads:

18 "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. 19 After being made alive, He went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits 20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—"

Jesus is fair. 1 Peter 4:6 reads:

6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit."

So, it is Jesus Christ Who holds the keys to death and Hades, and He frees those, both dead and alive, by His death, burial, and resurrection.

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