Did Jesus have muscles?
I recently heard this idea come up in a podcast. The conclusion was that of course He did – He was a carpenter, a working man. Aside from being a bit humorous to think about, I don’t bring this up to talk about Jesus’ biceps.
Our culture wants to paint a different picture of Christ. Many want to chalk Jesus up as simply a great teacher. Or, a love-spreading hippie. Or, a man who wouldn’t hurt a fly, let alone say something to offend anyone.
But, this wishy-washy, watered down Jesus isn’t the truth. Jesus didn’t walk on eggshells.
He spoke truthfully and honestly. He challenged people, and it sometimes made them uncomfortable. At times, so uncomfortable that they stopped following Him.
The real Jesus is challenging. And, our “you-do-you” culture doesn’t like challenging. So, Jesus is tame, domesticated, with luscious, locks of hair and a whispering voice.
But, here’s a description of Jesus that most people probably haven’t heard.
“Then I saw the heavens opened, and there was a white horse; its rider was called “Faithful and True.” He judges and wages war in righteousness. His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on his head were many diadems. He had a name inscribed that no one knows except himself. He wore a cloak that had been dipped in blood, and his name was called the Word of God. The armies of heaven followed him, mounted on white horses and wearing clean white linen. Out of his mouth came a sharp sword to strike the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod, and he himself will tread out in the wine press the wine of the fury and wrath of God the almighty. He has a name written on his cloak and on his thigh, “King of kings and Lord of lords.”” Rev 19:11-16
That is our Lord. That is our Savior. Viva Cristo Rey.
Be the Men.