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What does it mean to be Christ like? This interesting question has been poised. In the Scripture our Lord is referred to as the Son of man and the Son of God.
The term Son of Man is a term used primarily for the nation of Israel and for the Lords return at the Second Advent (not the rapture). Paul never uses this term. Salvation for the Christian is believing on the Son of God not the Son of man.
Nevertheless, what kind of man was Jesus of Nazareth?
He was a carpenter which would mean he was used to hard work in that day there were no power tools of course and everything was hewed and shaped manually by hand tools. He would have rough hands. I seriously doubt that he had his nails manicured or used lotion on his hands Mar 6:3 is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him
What information that is given about his twelve Apostles shows that for the most part these were outdoor men. Luk 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
Mat 4:18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
Mat 4:21 and going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James [the son] of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them.
Mat 9:9 and as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
Perhaps it could be said that Peter was given to cursing, but Matthew was given to being cursed at. Regardless these men lived hard lives prior to following Jesus and unless you have been brain washed there is no way that they would of followed an effeminate soft man. Many an artist concept is to make him look so.
Jesusí Clothing And Table Manners.
Luk 20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;
Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Mat 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [clothing] are in kings' houses.
Jesus was of course referring to John the Baptist whose diet and dress many of the refined brethren to today would be appalled at. Mat 3:4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Jesus did not wear a purple robe; it was put upon him by those involved in his execution. John 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put [it] on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,
Given the above verses it is safe to say Jesus wore none of these. But worn the clothing of the common Jew.
Therefore the elaborate attire worn by the Popes is not Christ like (It is a combination of Jewish High priest clothing and Babylon attire), nor did he wear a three-piece suit as many preachers do today. Modest apparel is biblical to be sure but many of our standards are based on our own traditions and customs. This can be harmless; it can be a form of laodiceanism or leads one to think that the above attire is spiritual.
Jesus ate with unwashed hands; I know Miss Manners would cringe at this. Mat 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. Mat 15:20 These are [the things] which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man. Luk 6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing [them] in [their] hands.
Our Lord would put his hands into food that others were to eat. John 13:26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped [it]. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave [it] to Judas Iscariot, [the son] of Simon.
Jesusí physical appearance.
First it must be stated that he was a Jew from the tribe of Judea. This line can be traced to the line of Shem.
He was not black, as many racist black cults would teach. The Negro features of a flat nose or kinky hair according to Scripture were not present. Jesus is, of course our high priest and the Bread of Life. Yet, unless some white racist should proclaim that he was some blue eyed, blonde haired descendant of the white race (Japheth) that is on equal footing with any black cult and their twisting of Writ.
Lev 21:17-20 Speak unto Aaron, saying, Whosoever [he be] of thy seed in their generations that hath [any] blemish, let him not approach to offer the bread of his God. (18) For whatsoever man [he be] that hath a blemish, he shall not approach: a blind man, or a lame, or he that hath a flat nose, or any thing superfluous, (19) Or a man that is brokenfooted, or brokenhanded, (20) Or crookbackt, or a dwarf, or that hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken;
Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
He was not as some have portrayed a beautiful man physically. Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
This is not to say that to us who have been redeemed by faith he is not beautiful, for he is our Lily of the valley to be sure.
And if the Song of Solomon can give us any light the following verses may help even though it is in a poetic manner.
Son 5:11 His head [is as] the most fine gold, his locks [are] bushy, [and] black as a raven.
Jesus had long hair and a beard ---- as far as keeping the Law---fulfilled it PERFECTLY.
Isa 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.
Lev 19:27 Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
Try as many may, Jesus was not politically correct nor was he even shy in verbal assault to those that stood in the way of truth or correct worship, friend or foe. His words could comfort or cut, just as the written word is a two-edged sword, his speech was like his Book. God is under no obligation to be polite and can be quite course in his word.
Mal 2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, [even] the dung of your solemn feasts; and [one] shall take you away with it.
He referred to Gentiles as dogs. Mat 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast [it] to dogs.
The above words fell from the lips of our loving and merciful Saviour.
Yet, at the same time would ignore racial lines to reach a lost soul.
(9) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans.
Below are some of the choice words that came from the Good and Gentle Jesus.
Mat 23:33 [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Blind guides-Matt. 23: 16, fools Matt. 23: 17, Hypocrites Matt. 15: 7, Liar John 8:55, Child of Hell Matt. 23: 15
There are other cutting remarks that came from the Rose of Sharon, but remember that as soft as a rose maybe it has thorns that will prick.
Sure our Lord said words of comfort, mercy and compassion and as a saved sinner I rejoice in this. Yet there is a negative side that is in all truthful men. If you only quote only the verses that are inoffensive you portray another Jesus (11Cor. 11:4) and this is devilish and contrary to Scripture. You are guilty of mental idolatry and have formed an unbalanced being.
If you can quote the following verse with honey dripping off your lips you are in the wrong profession and the Vatican could use you. John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Do you honestly think that Jesus spoke these words calmly with no conviction and disgust in his voice?
Matthew 23:2-6 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: (3) All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. (4) For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers. (5) But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, (6) And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
I can just see our Saviour driving them out of the temple saying, excuse me, pardon me and I am so sorry as he kicked over the tables of the moneychangers.
He spoke with authority, passion and conviction not a unemotional monotones when he spoke the following concerning Jerusalem do you believe that knowing what Titus would do in 70 AD. it was with reserved manner. Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under [her] wings, and ye would not!
While we know him no more after the flesh (11Cor. 5: 16) our Saviour personality is revealed in the Book of books.
you could take this book and turn it into a flesh and blood person, you
would have Jesus Christ.
Our Lordís manner of life was so reserved that he had a mob crying
If you are not 100% sure that you are going to
Heaven when you die, enter in at the the door:
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.