ALL ABOUT CHRIST – Part 5 (By Janine Mick Wills)
ATTRIBUTES OF CHRIST*
Since Christ is considered the “all in all” (Ephesians 1:23), it would be impossible to list all of His attributes. John agreed. “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (John 24:25). The following are only a sampling of the many wonderful attributes of our Saviour. It’s important for us to study them for several reasons:
1) We are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and Jesus was a perfect man (Hebrews 4:15).
2) Our emulating (through the Holy Spirit of God) will help us to follow the example of Christ.
3) One day we will be perfect like Christ (1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is), so we might as will start working on it now!
Of all men past and present, Christ could have had the most to fear. Starting from Herod’s desire to kill Him as a babe (Matthew 2) and culminating with His death on the cross, Jesus was hounded and threatened His entire earthly ministry. Yet, not once did He shrink in fear or show timidity. Since He was God, it only stands to reason 2 Timothy 1:7 held Him in good stead (For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind).
We sometimes don’t do or say the right thing because we are afraid of what others might think of us. Though there is a godly fear we should exhibit (1 Peter 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king), the Bible has much to say about being fearful and how to combat it.
Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.
Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the will to go on despite it.” ~Author unknown
CHRIST’S BOLDNESS OF SPEECH
Jesus freely spoke words that could have brought undesirable or even dangerous consequences, yet not once did He abstain from speaking the words given Him by the Father (i.e. The Jews took up stones to stone Him when he claimed to be the I AM. John 8:58, 59).
John 18:20, 21 (When asked by the high priest about His disciples and His doctrine) Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing. Why asketh thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.
We also should speak boldly for our Lord. That means saying the right thing at the right time. This can only be done through submission to the Holy Spirit of God.
Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Proverbs Prov. 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
CHRIST’S PHYSICALITY DURING HIS EARTHLY MINISTRY
Though we do not know the total miles Christ traveled in His earthly ministry, His recorded journeys number 2,500 miles. Also, take into consideration that as He traveled, He was often thronged by people desiring His attention and healing, and He was ridiculed and rebuffed by those who did not believe in Him. This would not only have taxed Him physically but also mentally.
This is to say nothing of His suffering on the cross. Has any man suffered so much physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Isaiah 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst (He created water; then He cried out for it).
Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
We may not always think so, but our bodies are a gift from God. If we are God’s children, our bodies house the Holy Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?). We need to take care of our bodies, so we might effectively do God’s will for our lives (1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s).
We know from reading 1 Timothy 4:8a that “bodily exercise profiteth little”, but it does profit! We need to do as the Proverbs 31 woman does in verse 17 “She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.” A strong, healthy body means we can serve God with more vim and vigor like Christ did.
CHRIST’S COURAGEOUS SILENCE
I don’t know about you, but it’s easier to open my mouth and speak my mind than to snap it shut and think before speaking! That’s probably why James wrote in James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.” Christ was a Master at knowing when to speak and when not to speak even when provoked by the scribes and priests (Matthew 26:62, 63; Matthew 27:12; Mark 15:4, 5; Luke 23:9). Not once did He stoop to their level.
It is “better to be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt!” (William Jevning)
Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.
Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
CHRIST’S STEELY RESOLVE
Christ was a perfect paradox of gentleness (Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven) and grit (Cleansing of the Temple – John 2:13-17; scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees – Matthew 23).
I have known some tough women, but as a whole, we women ARE the gentler sex. But we shouldn’t use that as an excuse to not stand against sin and injustices. We sometimes need to make tough choices and say tough things The important thing is to make sure you are led of the Holy Spirit when you do. Temper your words with kindness, if possible ( Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men).
Proverbs 19:18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
2 Corinthians 7:8-10 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “fly off the handle”. In ALL aspects, Christ controlled His “handle”. Even when He cleansed the Temple, He showed tight control. He ran out the money changers, but He did not destroy their livelihood (John 2:16 Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise). Any indignation He ever showed was righteous and deserved.
Even when Judas betrayed him and a “great multitude” came to take Him “with swords and staves,” He showed great restraint. As the song says, “He could have called ten thousand angels to destroy the world and set Him free”. Or as Matthew 26:52, 53 states, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?”
It would behoove us to also learn to control our thoughts, words, and actions.
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Again, this can only be done through the Holy Spirit of God. He is to be the controlling factor of our lives.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
CHRIST’S NEVER-ENDING HONESTY
Jesus was the only One Who could claim, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30) and the only One Who could say, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). We are not always truthful (Let God be true, but every man a liar – Romans 3:4). We have all lied. It is our sin nature. But it is to be controlled and not excused for it is one of seven things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren).
Role models can be good. Why reinvent the wheel, if you can look to someone else who’s already “been there and done that”? But people are not perfect. They can let us down and disappoint. Christ, on the other hand, was a perfect Man and the best example for us to follow (Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin). Let’s try to emulate Him instead!
* Much of this information adapted from The Incomparable Christ by J. Oswald Sanders