What Was Jesus Like? A Free Man
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What Was Jesus Like? A Free Man

In this age that values freedom almost more than anything else, Jesus was the most liberated man who ever lived


What Was Jesus Like? A Free Man

Jesus was born into a working class family and yet he was free of social prejudice. As a Jew he was part of a subjugated race under the Romans and yet he seemed in complete control of his circumstances. He wasn’t a slave to the Romans or to the Jews. In fact he was a liberator – freeing people from guilt and low self image.

Jesus was a totally free man. He had no guile or pride, but no false humility either. He was free from arrogance. And he was free from the fears affecting men and women everywhere. He was free to promote his life ----accumulating wealth and things like everyone else-- -- but he didn’t do that.
Instead, he died at age 33 carrying out his own teaching. “The man who holds onto his life will lose it. The man prepared to lose his life for the sake of me and the good news will find it.” Matt. 20:28 At his trial it was actually Jesus who was in control and not his accusers.

In this age that values freedom almost more than anything else, Jesus was the most liberated man who ever lived and unlike anyone that world had ever seen.We’d be hard pressed to find a virtue that Jesus didn’t have but love was his trademark. It’s the one quality that has universal recognition along with freedom.

Jesus told us that real love always springs from God – a God who loved men & women so much that he gave his only Son so that those who believed in Him would not perish but have eternal life. Jesus demonstrated real love by his display of it for the unlovely. He’d stop by the roadside for a beggar. He didn’t avoid untouchables like tax collectors, swindlers, and prostitutes. No – he ate and talked with them. He touched lepers full of loathsome sores but dying for some touch of humanity. He loved all who were helpless – the blind, the lame, and of course children.

He even loved his enemies asking God to forgive them while he was dying on the cross.  The “real unconditional love” that Jesus demonstrated was called “agape love” and it was to be the hallmark of all who would follow him. (John 13:34-35) While it’s true that his followers have often fallen short of this love -- nevertheless Jesus shines as a beacon light showing all of us what true love is – a love he showed all the time to everyone.

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