Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human
By Judah Smith / Thomas Nelson
Three years ago, Judah Smith, pastor of the City Church in Seattle, Washington, wanted to get people thinking about Jesus. He didn’t want to promote his church or a certain denomination, he just wanted to see what people thought of Him, to let them fill in the answer to “Jesus Is ____”. That campaign resulted in billboards, bus signs, facebook ads, and a website where people shared their reactions and thoughts. The reactions ranged all over. Many were positive affirmations and declarations of faith, others were painful and serious expressions of doubt, and others were downright blasphemous.
After the experiment, Smith had a new mission–to share what the Bible says about who Jesus is. In this book, Smith hopes to fill in the blank for believers, seekers, and atheists alike, who wonder who Jesus is and what He’s about. Using humorous anecdotes, mixed with real-life stories, Biblical insight, and filtered through his curious and somewhat ADD brain, Smith presents a robust portrait of the character of Jesus. He is Someone who loves you more than you can imagine, who wants to show you what real life is, and most of all wants to make you a better human, by becoming who you were made to be.
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Jesus is ____________. is a book which takes the reader along a journey, showing them who Jesus is. Throughout Judah’s writings, he displays the different sides of Jesus, by filling in the blank with different verbs describing who Jesus is. Each chapter sheds light on another part of what Jesus is. While showing the reader what and who Jesus is, Judah also explains to the reader how this relates to the reader right now in their own life.
I found Jesus is _______. to be a page turner, mostly due to Judah’s style of writing (down-to-earth, humorous, and easy to understand). His way of writing draws the reader in deeper and deeper, making it hard to lay down the book and walk away. There are numerous areas where Judah points out the truth, blending it with humor and supporting it with God’s Word. It causes one to reflect upon their relationship with Jesus and want to discover, for themselves, who is their Lord and Savior.
I am not sure if it was the wording or Judah’s own interpretation, but some areas which talked about sin and righteous caused a bit of uneasiness. I was not sure if he was making light of sin because we are forgiven of all past, present, and future sin or if he was on the same page as saying we are all sinners (even after receiving Jesus Christ into our lives and heart). I have collected some verses that might shed some light on the truth of sin.
“Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him,Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee” (John 5:14).
“Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:” (Romans 6:8)
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid (Romans 6:11-15).
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin” (Romans 7:25).
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).
“Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (1 Corinthians 15:34).
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (1 Peter 2:24-25).
“Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).