Whenever Christians refuse to examine the teachings of Jesus, (the Christ) what happens is that they become shallow in their belief system. What do I mean by this? Any Christian simply proclaiming that Jesus came to die for their sins dismisses who Jesus is and therefore does an injustice to the life and ministry of Jesus. Think about it for a moment. Simply saying He came to die throws away His teachings and how He lived His life on earth for 33 years.
Those who are students of Scripture and theology always seek to uncover the life of Jesus. Without understanding Jesus’ history and culture, it’s easy to miss His essence and being. The Bible gives a glimpse of who He is, however, it doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, it’s one thing to study the deity of Jesus, but it’s quite another to study the humanity of Jesus.
Many (not all) Christians are caught up in quoting the epistles of Paul and the writings of King David that the teachings of Christ have become jettisoned. Sadly and shamefully, the teachings of Christ have been replaced with ‘He died for my sins, or His blood makes me whole.’ To only limit the life of Jesus to the cross, to the blood, and to the resurrection is disconcerting. What about His life? Is it fair to ignore and/or avoid His life on earth? What about His upbringing? His education? His prayer life? And His mannerisms?
Too many churches have watered down the teachings of Jesus. Why? Because they refuse to critically examine Jewish history, Jewish customs, and Jewish traditions. In addition to that, doing a thorough exegesis of Scripture will reveal more about the time of Jesus and how He went about educating and empowering people with His words.
Maybe, just maybe it’s time for people who profess to the Christian faith shift and become disciples of Jesus, (the Christ). To be a disciple, one has to follow the teachings and life of their teacher. In this case, Jesus is the teacher and He is looking for disciples. In a real sense, Jesus gave the Great Commission to His followers to be ‘disciple makers.’ That’s right; for one to be a disciple maker, one has to be a disciple.
Note: I use Jesus, (the Christ), because Jesus didn’t have a last name. The word Christ comes from the Greek word ‘Christos’ which means Anointed. It’s equivalent to the Hebrew word ‘Mashiach’ which means Messiah. Jesus was NOT A CHRISTIAN. He was a Jew.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, minister, author and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, email@example.com or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey