Christ's Perfection and His Integrated Personality
He behaved with an exalted wisdom, as was mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastes "To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven". He used to do the suitable job on the appropriate time. Not acting monotonously in every matter or with everybody.
And so, He knew when to be compassionate and
when to chasten; whereas while chastening He is
He knew when to talk and when to become quiet,
whereby in His silence there is wisdom and advice …
When to look with sympathy and when to look
with anger? When to use strength and when to
behave in a gentle manner? Generally, he knows how
to behave with various aspects of people.
So, He was practically the integrated personality
which is characterized by acquiring attributes that
seemed dissimilar but they accord in an amazing
Solitude and also working for others
He was in a life of both contemplation and also
work. Life of contemplation was on the mountain. The
mountain in the life of Jesus Christ had its stand and
its own status, speaking about that needs more
space. One of His most famous solitary places was
the Mount of Olives and the Gethsemane garden. So
how deep what is said about Him in the Book of
Mathew "And everyone went to his own house. But
Jesus went to the Mount of Olives" (Mt 8:1).
On the mountain, He was pouring out His love to
the Heavenly Father. And in the city, He was
spreading out His love to people. It was said about
Him that He "went about doing good and healing all
who were oppressed by the devil" (Acts 10:38). He
was teaching in their synagogues, preaching the
gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of
sickness and all kinds of disease among the people
(MT4:23)… "All those who had any that were sick with
various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid
His hands on every one of them and healed them"
(Lk 4:40). He was teaching, healing the blind and
raising the death…each one who met Him had a
blessing from Him. So everyone loved Him.
Jesus Christ was both Great, and humble
He encompassed reverence and veneration; with
Simplicity on the other hand…
In His reverence they called him "Teacher", "Good
Teacher" or the Master…
Some listened to Him while sitting at His feet, and
some were bowing to Him… He was greatly esteemed
by the people; He had such an honor, respect and
In His greatness, He transfigured in a great light
on Mount Tabor (Mk 9).
In His Humbleness, He emptied Himself and took
the form of a servant, He bended His knees and
washed the Disciples' feet (Jn 13). He was so simple
with the children. He attended dinners at the houses
of tax collectors and sinners. When they blamed Him
for that He answered "Those who are well have no
need of a physician, but those who are sick…I did not
come to call the righteous, but sinners, to
repentance" (Mt 9:12, 13).
In the Integration of His Personality, Christ
also acquired both Meekness and Resolution:
He was gentle and lowly in heart (Mt 11:29). In
His gentleness it was said that "He will not quarrel nor
cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
A bruised reed He will not break" (Mt 12:19, 20). He
was to a great extent gentle and passionate. In His
compassion, He wept over Jerusalem (Lk 19:40). And
wept on His way to Lazarus tomb (Jn 11:35).
And in His gentleness also, he spoke with the
Samaritan woman without hurting her feelings (Jn 4).
And with the same meekness He spoke with the
woman who was caught in adultery (Jn 8) with such
His gentleness though, didn't contradict with His
firmness. As in such resolution and forcefulness He
drove out all those who bought and sold in the
temple, and overturned the tables of the money
changers and said to them, "It is written, "My house
shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made
it a "den of thieves" (Mt 21:13). And with the same
resolution, he Rebuked the Scribes and Pharisees (of
the Jews' scientists) and said to them "woe to you,
scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the
kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in
yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering
to go in" (Mt23:13). He also rebuked the Sadducees
saying to them "You are mistaken, not knowing the
He reprimanded the Jews many times on how
they were literally keeping the Sabbath. He on
purpose worked miracles on the Sabbath; He gave
sight to the man born blind on a Sabbath (Jn 9) and
raised Lazarus from the dead on a Sabbath (Jn 11).
He also healed a man at the pool of Bethesda on a
Sabbath. To show them that good deeds could be
performed on Sabbaths (Mt 12:9-13).
He sometimes rebuked his Disciples on their
mistakes, in spite of His extreme love to them.
Within His integrated personality; He knew
when to talk and when to be silent?
If He talked, He convinced. And if he exchanged
views; He stroke and silenced. He spoke many times
as a teacher, and they were astonished at His
teachings (Mt 7). In His talk there were words of
benefit, exhortation and teaching. He sometimes
simplified His teaching as by saying parables and
sometimes He taught them as one having authority
(Mt 7:29). He presented teaching as obligatory
principles…He often corrected old concepts, beginning
with the phrase "But I say to you…" (Mt 5).
Sometimes He kept quite, His silence hence is
well spoken than talking and in His silence is wisdom
as he was quite during His trial at the Sanhedrin (Mt
26) and in front of Pilate (Mt 27).
He also knew when to give and when to hold
In His giving he was generous, He granted His
Disciples various kinds of authorities and talents, He
also highly ranked the child and woman and that was
something to which the Jews were not accustomed to.
He opened up the gate of Heaven for everyone and
especially for the Gentiles and the Samaritans whom
had no dealing with the Jews (Jn 4:9). He granted
healing to the sick, release to those possessed by evil
spirits, forgiveness to sinners (Lk 7) (Jn 8) (Mk 2).
And blessing for many others…
And as He gave, He sometimes prohibited. As
when he commanded against granting Priesthood to
the Jews' Priests at His days telling them "the
kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a
nation bearing the fruits of it" (Mt 21:43). He also
refused the demand of the Scribes and the Pharisees
for a sign (a miracle), and said "An evil and
adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign
will be given to it" (Mt 12:39).
And as Christ was the man of people, He also
cared for a single person
Thousands followed Him, great multitude and
people. And in the miracle of feeding the thousands,
it was said about them "were about five thousand
men, besides women and children" (Mt 14:21) which
means about 12 thousands. And when healing the
paralytic, crowd gathered together so much that they
uncovered the roof and let down his bed to where He
was standing (Mk 2:4).
And in His famous sermon on the mount, at its
beginning it was said "And seeing the multitudes, He
went up on a mountain" (Mt 5:1).
Despite of all the multitudes of people who were
around Him, He cared for the one soul. In the story of
Zacchaeus the tax collector, there was much crowd
that he climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him,
and among this entire crowd the Master told him
"Zacchaeus make haste and come down for today I
must stay at your house" and when the Jews
complained that He will enter a house of a sinner He
told them " Today salvation has come to this house,
because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of
Man has come to seek and to save that which was
lost" (Lk 19:1-10). He left the crowd and sought for
the lost one, this was repeated in (Lk 15). Seeking
the one soul was also obvious in His meeting with
Nicodemus, with the Samaritan woman and with Mary
In speaking about the integrated personality
of Jesus Christ, we mention some
Acquiring both justice and mercy without any
contradiction between both attributes; He was
merciful in His justice and was justice in His
mercy. His justice was full of mercy and His mercy
was full of justice.
Also His care for both the soul and the body;
besides His great care for the soul that He said
"The words that I speak to you are spirit, and
they are life" (Jn 6:63), He cared so much for the
body and its healing (Mt 9:12).
He was precise in fulfilling the Law of Moses. But
at the same time He cared for its right concept
and for the spirituality of the law not just its literal
Lastly, Jesus Christ left us a good example for us
to follow concerning the integration of a personality.
In this feast, we pray for our dear country, for
President Hosni Mubarak that God may support him
with his strength and give him success in his efforts
and in his trips that are for the sake of peace in the
Middle East, in Palestine, Iraq, Sudan and the rest of
the brother countries.
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