‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,
look upon this little child.
Pity my simplicity,
and suffer me to come to Thee.’
My mother taught me this prayer when I was old enough to repeat it after her, and, with some basic explanation of terms, to accept it as true. Imagine me thinking, then, that I understood who Jesus is! Imagine it, even now, when Jesus has turned out to be so much more besides! This first of three brief posts on the theme of the power of Jesus’ personality comes from Dr. Leon Morris…
Leon Morris writes… “We can quite easily miss the impact of the personality of Jesus, taken up as we are with traditions of the ‘Gentle Jesus, meek and mild’ variety. It is true that Jesus manifested gentleness and meekness, but this is the compassion of the strong, and not the impotence of the weak.
“I think that many people have the impression that Jesus was rather negative, a quiet, withdrawing type of person, who told beautiful stories and did not retaliate when he was ill-treated. This is true in a way, but it gives a false impression. Jesus was dynamic. His was a personality that gripped men.
“…. Yes, Jesus was gigantic. There was nothing trite or commonplace about His words, and there was nothing colourless about His deeds. Consider the forcefulness of the personality of One who made a whip of small cords and single-handed drove the greedy traders out of the temple precincts (John 2:13 ff.) Or of One who so awed a crowd of excited Galileans, thirsting for His blood and about to hurl Him over a precipice, that He simply walked through the middle of the crowd and went on His way.”
From Leon Morris in The Lord From Heaven