Thing Three: Smart
The third thing I dig about Jesus is that he was smart. Maybe that’s an understatement. Jesus was absolutely brilliant. The stories he told, the humor he used, the questions he asked, the answers he gave, the plans he made -- all of it reveals a man who had a deep understanding of the human psyche and the way the world works. He knew how to do things other people couldn’t do. He said things so deep and yet so pithy and quotable that he was clearly thinking on a different plane from most people. Jesus was smart, the smartest man who ever lived.
But, Jesus never used his intelligence to make people feel inferior. Well...there was the one time he confounded the Pharisees and teachers of the law by asking them about John the Baptist. But other than that, he used his smartness to help people and not to make people think about what a smart guy he was.
I like to think that I’m a smart guy. But I often find myself using my intellect as a weapon. I use it sometimes to control people and keep them at bay. The smartest guy in the class isn’t always the most popular guy in the class. But Jesus was both.