Paul lay in a heap and peered into the brilliant light. As the reality of this impossible event smashed into his consciousness, his aching heart sputtered, “Who art thou, Lord?” Instant came the response, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.”
The sick feeling in Paul’s stomach got worse, and his life was suddenly seized by the revelation of Jesus Christ. How is it that the son of an earth-woman, became the Son of God? This revelation is the ultimate adventure ever to enter the mind of mortals. Its discovery is an unending proposition, a one-way journey to the celestial realm. His Hebrew name was Yahshua, which means “Yahweh is Salvation.” The New Testament writers transliterated this name, letter-for-letter into Greek and called him “Iesous.” And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS (Iesous): for he shall save his people from their sins. The numerical value of Iesous is 888, which signifies complete resurrection. Thus the salvation of Yahweh is Jesus, and he portends the complete resurrection of man.
But still, both Jesus and Yahshua are only human, earthly names. These names incorporate the humiliation associated with being Adamic. Thus his disciples and friends never addressed Jesus by his first name. They always called him “Master” or “Teacher.” Only demons irreverently called him “Jesus” or “Yahshua” to his face. In the epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude, the personal name Jesus is always found along with the title, Lord or Christ, it is never once found alone. In all the writings of Paul, Jesus is found alone just thirteen times.
In any regard, the human names for Jesus Christ are only phonetic handles for mortals. By these, the minds of silly men malign and prod the glorified Son, thinking to invoke his power by speaking with tongue and larynx. But any names that can be uttered in human language convey only the pathetic pittance of human thought, and circumscribe but the tiniest portion of the grandeur that Jesus Christ is. No earthly name can hope to encompass all the majestic deity of God or his Son. Accordingly, Jesus Christ long ago discarded all these human labels and even now he has a new name, which better suits his estate as King of Kings. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
The man Christ Jesus was not the nauseating wimp currently depicted by Organized Christianity. He was a man of power, fire, purpose, and intensity. He was ruled by a pervading sense of destiny. His speech was biting and his actions void of any feigned emotion. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?
Jesus was confrontational and harshly intolerant of religious arrogance. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers. With incisive severity he dispatched the presumptuous. And no man was able to answer him a word. He was impatient with human weakness. O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? His manners were considered rude by the pompously self-indulged. One of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so? To them his methods appeared unacceptably crude. He spat on the ground.
Jesus Christ knew all men, and didn’t like some. Ye are of your father the devil. To the misguided he was fiercely aggressive. When he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple.This same zealous devotion he demands from his followers. Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Jesus nurtured and protected his friends. He took them, and went aside privately into a desert. He was compassionate to those who sensed his spirit. Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. The unassuming people loved him. The common people heard him gladly. He specially sought out some to receive his bounty. And when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? But others he ignored, even when they asked for his help. But he answered her not a word.
Jesus walked through this world without regard for human constraints. They need not depart; give ye them to eat. He cared nothing for earthly wealth. To day I must abide at thy house. He boldly displayed his control of the heavens. Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea. Yet he chose his own destruction, according to the wisdom of his Father. Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
Jesus Christ was a very private person. He longed for the solitude of fellowship with the only other being in the universe who could understand him. He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. He was secretive about his plans. See thou say nothing to any man. He spoke in riddles, so people would not understand. And without a parable spake he not unto them. He never told all he knew. Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things. Though he ministered to the multitudes, he never intended to convert them. He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. He kept his secrets close, and guarded them as a precious prize. And when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.
Jesus was not an idle pacifist milquetoast, as today’s hirelings would have you believe. He was the glorious firstborn Son of God. He accomplished his tasks with the intensity of a professional warrior. His life was an ardent storm, a bold and efficient drive to complete the secret workings of God. Jesus Christ today, is the literal offspring of God. Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. And as God said in the garden of Eden, everything brings forth after its own kind. Thus a child and parent are extremely similar, and yet they are two independent beings. So also, Jesus Christ and his Father are nearly identical, but they are two separate beings. They are two different containers, each possessing the same immortality, love, wisdom, and power. For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.
Jesus and his Father are the same in quantity and quality. I and my Father are one. But they are different packages, with distinct personalities. Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the firstborn Son of the omnipotent God, and just like any parent, God is very proud of this accomplishment. This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Will the same be said of us?