How to Approach the Unapproachable Jesus
Why Jesus is unapproachable, but you should approach him anyway.
- His Holiness
- His Perfection
- His Loftiness
- His Wrath
- His Power to Intimidate
- His Status
- His Ability
- His Deity
- His Love
- Your Personal Cost
- God’s essence is centered around relating to a holy people, Israel, a holy city, Jerusalem, a holy place, the temple. When the messiah returns, he will sanctify all of these. (Daniel 9:24-25)
- The prophet Jeremiah alludes to “a righteous branch,”—branch being a term many rabbis agree is synonymous with the messiah. The “branch” will be named “the LORD our righteousness.” Therefore, the messiah will be called God, our righteousness: a limb that seems more than a bit out of reach for most of us. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
- The psalmist speaks of a future day when messiah will ascend on high—back to the heavens—free captives, and receive gifts. Not even Jada Pinkett Smith can claim that. (Psalm 68:18)
- Although in last week’s post, Jesus’ flipping temple tables made him seem more approachable, the sheer act was rather overwhelming. Read more about it in the book of John! (Psalm 69:9, John 2:13-17)
- While Jesus came to earth as a man, before, after, and during his stay he was always omnipotent. How do you approach an all-powerful God? (I Samuel 2:10)
- Through God’s covenant with King David’s messianic line, Jesus is proven the eternal, divine, promised one who would come to rule. (I Chronicles 17:13-14)
- The famed storm that Jesus calmed in Matthew is actually foretold in the Psalms. It’s being prophesied is already intimidating, but the act of reducing raging sky and waves to a fair afternoon would be impossible for anyone but Jesus. (Psalm 107:28-29, Matt. 8:24-26)
- Apart from their connection to Christmas music, “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” and “Everlasting Father” actually emphasize Jesus’ divinity beyond the mere words. They are descriptive phrases used exclusively for God himself throughout the Scriptures. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
- A seemingly obscure passage in Deuteronomy 21:23 mentions “he who is hanged [on a tree] is accursed of God.” Jesus’ death was in that exact nature. He actually became cursed under Mosaic law. He, through that act (which he knowingly allowed), took the curse that everyone who breaks the entire law receives so that in a spiritual way we could be freed from it. This is the extent to which God loves us: he died in our place to reverse our curse and give us new life, free from the law. (Galations 3:13)
- In a spiritual way, accepting Jesus as messiah and the eternal, divine sacrifice for sin is one of the simplest things you can do after becoming convinced of its truth. For all who choose to accept Jesus, belief leads to the challenge of aligning ourselves with Jesus’ character, a constant shedding of selfishness and personal agenda: a sizable cost to anyone. However, especially for us Jewish people, the cost is even greater. It can mean the possible distance from family and friends and the greater Jewish community. For some of us at Jews for Jesus, it’s been all of those things. We are challenged, however, by one of the first Jews for Jesus’ words who studied under Rabbi Gamaliel, and joined the early Jewish believers in Jesus, even in their persecution, which he had once sanctioned. In 2 Corinthians 4:17 Paul writes, “For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” We have weighed the cost of approaching Jesus and have determined that the alternative (life without messiah) is unthinkable.
Jesus in many ways can seem unapproachable but he “emptied himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, being made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). You can personally know and pray to the King of Kings, Lord of glory, the God who took on human likeness. He wants you to approach him.
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