Reformed Eve is a daughter of God, which makes her royalty - no matter what the world throws at her. She straightens her crown quite often.
The four Gospels never promised to be a complete Jesus Christ autobiography, individually. The four Gospels reflect four distinct facets of Jesus Christ and his life. It would be easier to understand this concept if we imagined the writers of the Gospels as four diverse artists. Each artist sees Jesus Christ and paints what they portray as true, according to their perspective. Each would focus on segments that had a profound impact, and they would accentuate these features. You would end up with four different paintings of the same subject.
Jesus Christ is so amazing, great, powerful, and intensely complex. Understanding him through only one account, or through obscure clues from the Torah, would be impossible. One Gospel could never completely grasp the totality of what Jesus went through, taught, and accomplished. John 21:25 mentions this: “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”i
The four Gospels were written after those who wrote the text: Matthew, Luke, John, and Mark. Matthew emphasizes on Jesus as a King. Mark’s focus on Jesus was as a servant (he was a reformed servant himself). Luke, as a physician, highlighted Jesus’s masculinity. To Luke, Jesus was the epitome of the perfect man. John wanted to show that Jesus was God, and he used miracles and teachings in a unique way that is not found in the other Gospels.
The modern-day Jesus Christ of Generation X and the Millenial era is usually shown as more feminine – with long hair and a bit too gentle – but this was not the Bible Jesus. Jesus was bold. Jesus became angry. Jesus was sarcastic. Jesus was strong. Jesus was confident. Jesus was comedic. Jesus would even get annoyed with the lack of faith others displayed.
I want to focus a bit on Jesus's sarcastic nature. In Matthew 12: 1-3, he said "Have you not read what David did when he became hungry?"ii He said this after the Pharisees saw Jesus's disciples eating heads of grain on a Sabbath. When Jesus answers in this way, he is assuring his authoritative figure, and he demonstrates that he's not intimidated by those who are self-righteous or in ‘high positions’. My favorite Jesus moment happened in Luke 13:33. Pharisees approached Jesus and told him to go away because Herod wants to kill him. Jesus said this: "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day until I reach my goal..."iii Foxes were animals that were unclean, destructive, and mostly loners. Comparing Herod to a fox showed that Jesus was calling Herod a dangerous, unlikeable fraud with pure self-interest. Jesus reminds us that sheep cannot be protected by embracing the wolves. Multi-faceted, complicated, beautiful Jesus comes to four-dimensional life when we dare to imagine his essence outside of the ‘generic Jesus box’ we have squeezed the savior in during our lives.
i The Holy Bible: King James Version, Pure Cambridge Edition. Waking Lion Press, 2016.
ii Tyndale. Inspire for Girls. 2018.iii Zeiset. Holy Bible - King James Version (KJV). Zeiset, 2019
Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 16, 2020:
I have never adhered to the depictions of Jesus with blue eyes and long flowing locks. He lived outside; he was of Middle Eastern descent. He was rugged and dark with an untamed beard (and at times perhaps he didn't smell very good). No doubt he had calloused hands and feet. He was perfect, yet he was one of us.
Thank you for writing this. May I suggest, however, that if you want it to go to Discover.Hubpages you expand it a bit. Add some illustrations.