I’ve read some blogs recently that have tried to downplay some recent insights by some really smart guys about Jesus–that He isn’t a weak, dress wearing hippie who happened to get himself beat down and killed. He’s the all-powerful king of kings and Lord of lords who will return and open up a can in judgment of the world. The blogs I’ve read have tried to temper that view–Jesus was compassionate; sure, he made some religious people mad, but He was sweet and loving, too.
As if tough guys can’t have compassion.
The fact is this: the Bible portrays the crucified, resurrected Jesus as more like Kimbo Slice than a flower child. Even while He was here the first time, Jesus did some pretty “un-P.C.” things. Jesus compassionately healed people… in order to pick a fight with the religious jerks and make a point about himself. Read John 11, and you’ll see that Jesus let a good friend die and allowed his body to rot for four days in order to make a point about Himself when He raised His buddy from the dead. Those are just two examples. Yes, Jesus humbled himself when He came to earth the first time, but He never let anyone run over Him, even at His death. He voluntarily laid down His life (no one took it from Him). And then, three days later, He picked it up again.
Kimbo Slice just beats the crap out of people. Jesus laid down his life in death, and then picked it back up in resurrection. Knockout in the first round. Jesus wins.
Psalm 110 is an amazing Psalm, because it’s totally prophetic, and it’s totally about Jesus. Look what the author writes about Jesus in Psalm 110:5-7,
The Lord is at Your right hand; He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. He will judge among the nations, He will fill them with corpses, He will shatter the chief men over a broad country. He will drink from the brook by the wayside; therefore He will lift up His head.
That doesn’t sound like a peace-love-and-harmony hippie to me. That sounds like UFC Jesus. Compare this with Revelation 19:11-16.
Is Jesus loving? Absolutely. Love lead Him to the cross. Is Jesus full of grace? Yes. There’s nothing He desires more than to forgive people of their sins. But Jesus is also the judge. When He comes back the second time, it will be to judge the world and those who rebelled against God. None will be able to stand against Him.
That’s a Jesus worth following–the warrior judge who humbled himself to the point of death, but took back his life and is now ready to judge the world, redeem the world, and live with His people whom He loves and has forgiven forever.