The Old Testament prophesies and records the stories and genealogy of His ancestors. The Gospels record different accounts of His actions and words. The New Testament Epistles teach and expound on His teachings. Countless saints have given their lives for His name. Here are 10 Things You May not Know About Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
1. Jesus faced governmental opposition from infancy through His death. Jesus was always fleeing, dodging or submitting to political and religious authority that sought to destroy Him. As a baby, his parents fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s order “to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under” (Matthew 2:16).
Matthew 12:14 says, “But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.” John 7:1 says, “After this (the desertion of many of His disciples), Jesus went around in Galilee. He did not want to go about in Judea because the Jewish leaders there were looking for a way to kill him.” After much evasion, in Luke 18:12, Jesus submits; “Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus.”
Jesus always pointed to God.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing”
Jesus’ overflowing love and acceptance of people also came from God. John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” Jesus’ life was, in fact, a demonstrations of God’s love; “For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son” (see John 3:16). God’s love flowed through Jesus to each of us.
3. Jesus blew people away everywhere He went. Those around Him knew He was more than special, even as a child. Luke 2:33 says, “The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.” After He entered official ministry, “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law” (Mark 1:22). Matthew 22:33 says, “When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.” In Matthew 27:54, the centurion guarding Jesus said of Him, “Surely he was the Son of God!”
Those around Him knew He was more than special, even as a child,
We celebrate Palm Sunday to commemorate Jesus’ coming into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, receiving praise. Mathew 21:6 records “A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.” Verse 9 says;
“The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’
‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’
‘Hosanna in the highest heaven!’”–Matthew 21:9
5. Jesus’ best friend was John. John 13:23 says, “One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.” John, the recipient of Jesus’ recorded affection, went on to write extensively of Christian love in Scripture in the books of John, I, II & III John and Revelation.
God’s love continued to be a main theme in John’s writings.
6. Jesus’ ministry began after he spent 40 days in the desert and after He resisted the temptation of satan. Jesus didn’t just hit the road and start ministering one day. We hear that He spent much time as a child in the temple, learning. Luke 2:46 says that his parents “found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.”
Luke 3:23 says, “Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when he began his ministry.” First, He was baptized (see Luke 3:21), and then Luke 4:1-2 tells us, “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil." Luke 4:14 says next that this is when Jesus’ ministry began; “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside.”
Jesus’ first ministry was teaching.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
8. Jesus knew the plan: that He would be crucified and then would rise again. Jesus knew prophecy well, and the Bible records that many events happened in order to fulfill them. In Matthew 26:54, after Peter tries to defend Jesus with the sword, Jesus explains that things much be done a different way. He says, “But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
In John 18:4 we read about Jesus’ arrest. It says, “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, ‘Who is it you want?’” Jesus knew the horrible truth that He would be killed, taking on the sin of the world, but He also knew that His eventual victory was inevitable. Earlier in His ministry, He had spoken figuratively of His own death, which baffled His listeners. In John 2:19, “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.’” Matthew 5:17 summarizes His intentional relationship with Scripture; "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
Jesus knew the horrible truth that He would be killed, taking on the sin of the world, but He also knew that His eventual victory was inevitable.
Jesus also knew that His followers needed help in His physical absence. In John 20:21-22, “Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2 records how He sent the baptism of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Jesus continues to equip and empower His disciples today.
Jesus was the ultimate Shepherd, seeking the one lost sheep as He corralled the 99 found sheep safely behind Him.
Jesus sought the lost, that they may be found. He was the ultimate Shepherd, seeking the one lost sheep as He corralled the 99 found sheep safely behind Him. Jesus is about the sinner: the tax collector, the prostitute, the thief. Even as He died, He gathered in the sinners. Luke 23:43 records Jesus’ last act before committing His spirit to His father. It says that He granted, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” This last act of forgiveness epitomized Jesus’ heart for all people.
Certainly, no man has lived who can compare to the our remarkable Savior, Jesus Christ. He died that we may have eternal life (see John 3:16). Even more, He died that we would live our earthly life to its fullness. In John 10:10 Jesus says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” His selfless love still emanates from our King.
These 10 Things About Jesus are the tip of an amazing iceberg. Scripture says, “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” Jesus is an indescribably wonderful man, God Incarnate, and He loves each of us. That’s truly one of the most amazing things about Jesus!
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”–Phillipians 2:9-11