When you think about Jesus, what comes to mind?
For generations people have given great thought to who Jesus is and what He would have been like. Every culture influenced by Christianity has attempted to portray Him in some way that made Him seem familiar; it has been tempting to come up with pictures of Jesus to make Him look like us and to consider Him as a person of our own time.
Jesus did not look like any of the four pictures above, and yet, in some ways, Jesus looks like all of these and many more, since they have influenced how people have thought about Jesus and how they see Him in their mind’s eye. Most of us recognize that the picture in our heads of what Jesus looked like is most likely inaccurate; nevertheless, it does remain important for us to give consideration about who Jesus was and is.
Exactly what Jesus looked like is ultimately not that important, but how we look at and think about Jesus of Nazareth remains of the greatest importance. Some people think of Jesus almost exclusively as God, or as a good man, or as a prophet, or in some other way. But how can we know what Jesus was like? How should Jesus appear in our mental picture of Him?
In the Four Faces of Jesus we seek to explore four ways in which the Bible presents the life and story of Jesus of Nazareth: as the Son of God, the Son of Man, the Prophet, and the King. We explore each aspect in terms of how they were understood by first century Israelites, how Jesus fulfills each aspect, and how each aspect should inform our understanding of who Jesus was and is and why we should serve Him today.
|Jesus, the Son of God||Jesus, the Son of Man|
|Jesus the Prophet||Jesus the King|
And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And having turned I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the candlesticks one like unto a son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about at the breasts with a golden girdle. And his head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto burnished brass, as if it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead.
And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, “Fear not; I am the first and the last, and the Living one; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades” (Revelation 1:12-18).
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright, the morning star” (Revelation 22:16).