What image do you have of Jesus? The New Testament presents Jesus as a man of action. His words and works were like earthquakes. He sent waves and ripples roaring and rumbling throughout cities and communities. Observe the record of His life. You will not see a feminine featured fellow walking around or sitting down with a little lamb in His arms or lap. No! Jesus was a mighty man!
None Took Him Lightly
Jesus was not received or believed by everyone, but even His enemies felt the force of His life. “And it came to pass when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matt. 7:28, 29). They knew this was no ordinary teacher. His doctrine fomented debate and raised questions which the religious leaders could not answer. This is shown in that they placed a quarantine on Him and His teaching. “Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews” (Jn. 7:13 cf; 9:22; 12:42). The word came down from the highest echelons of the Jewish hierarchy: “This man is not to be considered under threat of excommunication.”
Excerpts from Luke are also revealing. “And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him into the power and authority of the governor” (Lk. 20:20). “And after that they dared not ask him any question at all” (Lk. 20:40). Why resort to such underhanded tactics? Why were the wisest men shamed into silence? They were selected for their guile. They were sly and clever, but they were stifled. Their speechlessness is an eloquent oration on Jesus’ divine authority.
The general public hummed and buzzed with imagination in consideration of Him. Some said He was John the Baptist; some said He was Elijah, Jeremiah, or one of the other Old Testament prophets. Some suspected that He might be the Christ. Others said He was “mad,” but none took Him lightly (Jn. 6:15 cf; 7:12, 31, 32; 10:19-42 f; Matt. 16:17). When they stooped beneath the weight of His impeccable life and doctrine, conniving councils sent “front men” to investigate and castigate him (Matt. 22:15). Whether for good or ill, all men sought Him. The attention which Jesus generated frustrated the Pharisees. In desperation they said among themselves, “Perceive you how you prevail nothing? Behold, the world is gone after him” (Jn. 12:19).
Jesus’ Works Undeniable
The Lord’s words could not be successfully resisted. As we have seen, He squelched captious conspirators who were sent to “entangle him in his talk.” His works were no less powerful. They show us the power of His life and influence. As witness thereto, Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, whom He raised from the dead, led many to believe on Him (Jn. 12:11, 18). So, they plotted to kill Lazarus. They could not discredit the miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection, thus, “The chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death” (Jn. 12:10). Everyone was talking about Lazarus being raised; the people were clamoring to meet the young Nazarene. Can you sense the furor Jesus’ raising of Lazarus created (Jn. 12:10, 11, 17-19)?
In Matthew 12:22-24, Jesus healed a blind, speechless man who was possessed with a demon. “All the people were amazed!” The area was all “a-flutter” about it! They said, “Is not this the Son of David?” They asked their religious overseers about it. The Pharisees said, “Well, he casts out devils, but he does it by the power of the devil.” This shows the miracle was genuine. Their charge proves the man was healed. All they could do was to try to cast aspersion against Jesus and prejudice the minds of the people. Again, Jesus is in the very center of action; His works sent tremors rattling through the hearts of men of every nation, of every generation.
Conclusion: Zacchaeus and the woman with a bloody malady could not get to see Jesus, nor could the paralytic man. Why? Because of the masses thronging to see and hear Him! Does this give you a little more insight into the might, manhood, and majesty of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?
Jesus was a man of action. He was the focal point of thought because of His deeds. How does this compare with certain of His followers who hide and reside in quietness and obscurity within four air conditioned walls? How does this compare to those who seek to believe without the fortitude of works (Jam 2:14-26)? Therefore, don’t just do as Jesus said, but also do as Jesus did, for He is our example to follow in His steps (1 Pet 2:20,21)!