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Actions of Jesus

Actions of Jesus

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Published by Bob Yacobucci
This article delves into Jesus' actions and how His actions tell another story. It will offer you a better understanding of how Christ taught multidimensional and answer some difficult questions as to "Why" Jesus did what He did.
This article delves into Jesus' actions and how His actions tell another story. It will offer you a better understanding of how Christ taught multidimensional and answer some difficult questions as to "Why" Jesus did what He did.

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Actions of Jesus
By Bob Yacobucci January 6, 2012 The stories in the Bible carry many messages from Jesus through His spoken words. We spend muchtime analyzing what Jesus said so that we can come to terms with what He is teaching us. In fact, thereare many web sites, schools, ministers, and scholars which devote much of their time to understandingthe words of Jesus to discern the truth in His teachings. However, there is another perspective that weneed to consider which adds value to the ministry of Jesus, and this perspective is found in the actionsof Jesus. When we add the topic of Jesus’ actions to our regular studies of the Bible, we will experiencegreat joy because we will discover new meanings to the messages that Jesus is conveying to us. Byfinding new meanings, it will add a refreshing new perspective to group Bible study, or our personalstudy of the Bible. Before we begin to analyze some of the actions of Jesus, and how they add value to His teachings, let’sconsider why this new perspective is important. Most of us think of the Bible as being comprised of stories written thousands of years ago by different authors and joined together by a binder to create abook called, “The Bible.” And although in a sense this is true, we need to see the stories contained inthe Bible as being bound together, not by a binder, but instead by Christ.
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.–John 1:1
 Notice with John 1:1 that the word, “Word” is not plural, it is singular. This is because the Word of Godis Jesus. As a single thread makes up a knitted sock, Christ is the single thread which binds the wordsof God together to create the “Word.” Once we see Christ as the single thread, then we can truly beginto see an additional perspective into the messages from Jesus. So how does Jesus bind the wordstogether? He does this through His actions. Not figuratively, but literally, and we will take a look atsome examples later on. Let’s add further value as to why it is important to consider Jesus’ actions as part of our study of theBible. We know God is not random; everything God does has purpose. To illustrate this point, let’sconsider the fact that Jesus walked from one place to another. Why would Jesus spend His timewalking, when He could have simply transported Himself? Wouldn’t walking be a large waste of Jesus’time? Not really, especially when we consider all of Jesus’ actions had purpose, every step He took,every movement of His hands, every bend of His knees, every word He spoke, every rock He steppedover, every person He conversed with, everything Jesus did had purpose. Jesus came to us as both aman and God, but unlike you and me, the most mundane things in Jesus life had purpose. And becauseof this, when the Bible speaks about Jesus’ actions, we should devote time to discover the meaningbehind the actions. One of the most interesting points that seem to be common among Jesus’ actions is that they are storiesPage
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in themselves. These stories are intertwined with other stories in both the Old Testament and NewTestament. Jesus’ actions give further meaning behind His words and interaction with mankind. Bytaking a closer look at verses in the Bible where it refers to Jesus’ actions, and then referring to otherstories in the Bible to overlay on top of the verse, it can help us to find further meaning behind whatJesus is teaching beyond His words. It sounds a bit confusing, but as we will see with a few examples,it’s not that difficult to practice. As we go through these exercises, we will understand that the Bible istruly multidimensional. Let’s take a look at the follow verse as an example: 
When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay.–John 9:6
 The above verse is a very simple verse, but if we take a look at the actions of Jesus, we are temptedto ask the following questions: Why did Jesus spit? Why did He make mud? Why did He rub the mudon the man’s eyes? Why didn’t Jesus just snap His fingers and cure the man of his blindness? Thesequestions appear to be immature questions, but because Jesus’ actions have purpose, these questionsbecome very thoughtful questions. Okay, now that we have some questions in our mind, let’s try to answer the questions. Why did Jesusspit? The act of Jesus spitting, and then making mud, is interesting since it is a slightly distasteful act.Why didn’t Jesus just ask for some water? For me, the reason Jesus spit is because water from Christrepresents life and life is poured out from Jesus to mankind. In Genesis, water represents life, we arebaptized by water, and even today we know that water is critical to life, all of which comes from God.Why did Jesus spit on the ground? Jesus spat on the ground because water represents life coming downfrom the heavens to earth, again water poured out from heavens to create life. Moving onto the nextquestion, why did Jesus make mud with His spit when He could have simply placed His hands on theman’s eyes? Man was formed by mud in Genesis and our eyes were opened, or in more modern terms,we were created or made aware of our existence and self conscious through water and earth. We wereformed and we were given knowledge, or symbolically, our eyes were opened to God. Jesus told part of the story of Genesis through His actions while healing the man of blindness! What a wonderful story! Here is another example:
 
Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.–John 19:34
 Why did blood and water pour out from Jesus? We may be able to accept blood because that isnormal, but why water? Man began with water coming down from God, and mankind ends with bloodrepresenting the forgiveness of sin. If you consider the story of mankind, it could be summed up inthese two words: water & blood. We began with water, and our new beginning is through the blood of Jesus. The following is another more complex example. You may not agree with the conclusions, and that isPage
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okay, but we can all agree that when we take a more thorough look at Jesus’ actions it begins to addgreat value to the story being told. We can start to answer some difficult questions. 
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought toHim a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher,this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that suchshould be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have somethingof which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as thoughHe did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He whois without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wroteon the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one,beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in themidst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman,where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesussaid to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” –John 8:1-11
 Why did the crowd just bring the woman for judgement, and not the man also? To answer thisquestion, let’s consider some background information. Jesus was being tested to see how He wouldreact to a sinful person. We know the master of sin is Satan and only Satan is qualified to test Jesus’authority because Jesus and Satan are adversaries, not Jesus and mankind, so mankind cannot testthe authority of Jesus. From this perspective, we can confidently say that the crowd was under theauthority of Satan. The man, or in this case Satan, is not present because Satan, and all sin, will be castaside by God during the final judgment. In other words, it is not yet time for the man to be judged,this will come later. Another common question people have asked regarding this verse is, “What didJesus write in the sand?” Jesus does not withhold anything from us [Matthew 13:11], for if He did writesomething, He would have revealed His writing to us. When Jesus moved His fingers through the sand,He was not writing words, but instead, He was imitating the movement of a serpent through the sandto signify to us to whom He was dealing with ["...upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eatall the days of thy life.", Genesis 3:14]. Why did Jesus pause? Jesus’ pause in words as He drew in thesand was to gather our attention and for us to ponder our choice regarding whom we serve as master[Satan the serpent or God the Father]. The pause by Jesus represents the time we have on Earth tomake our decision. It is also interesting to note that Jesus was standing, stooped down, drew in thesand, stood, and then He stooped down again to draw in the sand. Why did Jesus feel the need to stoopdown twice? To me, these actions represent that fact that Jesus came down from Heaven to earth forHis ministry, rose again after His crucifixion, and He will “stoop down” to earth again to judge the livingand the dead [sin]. Moving on with the next question: Why did Jesus tell the crowd to leave? We knowthe crowd departed because we are all sinners and none of us is rightfully able to judge another becauseof our own guilt, however, Jesus rebuked the crowd in order of age. Why did Jesus rebuke the crowdPage
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