THE ORIGINALITY OF JESUS

Jan 19, 2021 | Gilbert’s Podcast

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THE ORIGINALITY OF JESUS

“I make all things new.” – Revelation 21:5

  • Jesus’ teaching struck his contemporaries as novel – fresh, new, original.
  • There was something in the manner, as well as in the matter, which arrested attention and threw a fresh light upon God and men.

Truly Different

  • The man Jesus himself was different from other men who were alive then.
  • It was because Jesus was different from all other men of his day and generation that he created a sensation which left the nation quivering.
  • If he had repeated the old teachings in the old fashion, he would not have infuriated the Scribes and Pharisees and brought about the tragedy of Golgotha.
  • He was too original to last. He advanced too many strange and revolutionary ideas to escape death. It was because he made all things new that they nailed him to the cross.

Was Jesus really original?

  • It depends on what you mean by originality. If to be original one must coin words never heard before and speak in phrases which no other tongue has ever used, then Jesus was not original.
  • He coined no new words, and many of his phrases have the flavor of earlier times. Nor was he the proclaimer of ideas that had never entered man’s mind before.
  • All his main ideas of God and the soul, of duty and destiny had been either suggested or expanded upon in the writings of the Hebrew poets and prophets.

Not to Destroy but to Fulfill

  • Jesus picked up the ancient writings, declaring that they contain the word of the Almighty and that he had come to interpret their meaning and to fulfill what the poets and prophets had dreamed.
  • He did not come to destroy the old ideas or old truths. He came to fill full.
  • It is at this point, then, that we are to look for the originality of Jesus. We shall not find it in his phrases, or even in his conceptions, but rather in his emphasis and his manner of interpreting life and the world.
  • Men were reading the Scriptures but they did not know which words to emphasize. Jesus understood. The result was that the Scripture became new.
  • By emphasizing mercy instead of sacrifice, Jesus made religion new. (Matthew 12:7; Hosea 6:6)
  • Jesus threw the emphasis on the individual soul and by so doing opened a new era in the history of the world.

Absolute Confidence

  • There was also an accent in his teaching which men had never heard before, not even in the voice of Moses or Elijah.
  • It was the accent of assurance, certainty, authority.
  • It is not the words which a man speaks, but the way in which he speaks them which determines their effect upon the life of the world.
  • Jesus never hesitated, speculated, or made use of intonations which indicate a wavering mind. He was always positive, certain, infallible.
  • The new accent and the new emphasis were the product of a new personality. No personality like that of Jesus had ever walked in the human flesh. He was a new man.
  • Jesus had all the faculties and passions of our common humanity , and yet no one had them in the combination and in the strength in which they were found in him.
  • He was different from all other men that had ever been, and he said so.

Unique Claims

  • He lifted himself into a unique position and claimed for himself privileges and rights which he denied to all others.
  • He claimed to be the light of the world, the Bread of Life, the Water of Life, the only Good Shepherd, the Way, the Truth, the Life, the only mediator between God and man, the only one who knows deity completely and who can save the world from its sins.
  • Not having our infirmities and fears, our frailties and our sins, his eyes see things not the way we see them, and his heart has feelings which we but dimly understand.
  • He says, “Come to me, and I will make all things new!”
  • He does it by giving us a changed attitude to life, by teaching us how to shift the emphasis from unimportant to important words, and by showing us the insignificance of show and form compared with the qualities of a loving heart.

 

Life Changing Perspective

  • It may be that for some of you life had grown irksome and the world dull and commonplace. Life has lost its sparkle and zest. The days are worn out and everything has lost its bloom. What will you do?
  • This is the wise thing to do: Go to Jesus and give yourself afresh to him. Sink your life deeper into his life and catch his ways of seeing things and serving God.
  • Take his standpoint; assume his attitude; catch his emphasis; drink in the accent of his voice; and undoubtedly, he will do for you what he did for Saul of Tarsus and what he has done and is doing still for many – he will make all things new.
  • He unifies and simplifies human life; he elevates, transforms and transfigures it, all because he is the Master and Savior of the heart.

“If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are becoming new” 2 Cor 5:17   

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  1. Seni Olorunfemi

    Great piece. He came to fulfil not to destroy. I like this equation: “New Accent + New Emphasis = New Personality”.

    He laid emphasis on the individual soul rather than on institutions.

    My take away: learn to see things through his eyes and imitate his ways and attitude.

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