Who Was Jesus?
A Humanities Essay That Teaches The Study of The Bible As A Historical Document
I felt a very positive impression of who Jesus was after finishing
the Book of Matthew. I had a new image of someone who was a down-to-
earth, caring individual. I did not find quotes of Jesus that claimed
being superior to the common man, of whom sinners could not look upon
(a view that most people had of their Gods for centuries before).
Matthew 12:49-50, Jesus announces to multitudes that they are his
mother and brothers. In that way, he puts himself at an equal level to
the people, rather than claiming to be a God above them. This reflects
the whole attitude of the book.
Chapters 6-7 of Matthew quote Jesus as he is presenting
rules to live by to the multitudes. To me, all of these sounded like
hints to leading a happy life for yourself.
Jesus reflects a God that
does not expect virgins or animals to be sacrificed in His name; but, a
God that is pleased by followers that love not only God, but each other
also. These seem like simple, logical rules to live by. But, they
reflected a time in history where that kind of love for one another was
hard to find because of the hardships inflicted upon the people.
I find some conflict in Jesus' actions, however. Jesus never (as
far as I know) says to ignore to commandments of God in the Hebrew
Scriptures; however, constantly breaks the Sabbath (Matt 12:13 and
others), and gives VERY flimsy and unconvincing explanations for it. I
am not sure what his message was in those actions. Perhaps he didn't
In general, Matthew was a good, entertaining story to read, with a