Often times, Jesus is not seen in the lives of his creation. What is seen are people trying to get ahead anyway possible, others seeking revenge, spiteful actions, jealousy and hatefulness.
These are not the things Jesus left for examples of how to live. The true Christian knows that Jesus must be seen in their lives each day. It must be seen in their speech, and in their kindness to their fellow man.
Jesus showed compassion for man. He went about doing good. He took the time to care for the sick, comfort the bereaved, and many other good things. A leper was to be avoided, but Jesus healed his illness. At the tomb of Lazarus our Lord stood and wept with his friends. Not only did he care for the physical needs of people; he was concerned about their spiritual needs.
On one occasion the Bible tells us he was "...moved with compassion..." because the multitude was as a flock without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). His desire was that they come to God so he could guide them. His message was repent for the kingdom is at hand.
Just as the Lord showed compassion on mankind, his children need to do the same. While people cannot heal the sick, or raise the dead, they can offer comfort and help to them. Words of kindness either by card or in person help lift the spirits of those in need.
Christians need to take opportunities that come their way to show Jesus to the world (Galatians 6:10).
Matthew 25 tells of how at judgment some will be turned away because of the failure to help their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Jesus showed his love for all men. Prejudice did not have a place in the life of the Lord. This is clearly seen as he talked with a Samaritan woman (John 4:6ff). She even asked him about this; "Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans" (John 4:9).
Not only did he talk with her, he taught her and her people. To Jesus it did not matter what nationality a person was, what mattered was they had a soul. To show Jesus to the world Christians must remove all prejudice from their lives. If God is not a respecter of men, then Christians must not be either (Galatians 3:28).
Jesus was willing to sacrifice for man. He left the glories of heaven to take on the form of man and to die at Calvary for mankind (Philippians 2:5-11). Man did not take his life; he freely gave it for man.
"Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father (John 10:17, 18).
His willingness to sacrifice himself at Calvary shows how much he loves man. Christians must be willing to make sacrifices to help those who do not know Christ to come to know him.
Jesus had a willingness to forgive. From the very cross where he was slain came these words, "...Father forgive them... (Luke 23:34).
What beauty is seen in those words. At a time when he could have called for the death of those who crucified him, we see the beauty of his nature. Forgiveness must be a part of the Christians life if this part of the Lord’s beauty is to be seen. There was not an attitude of revenge in Jesus, only the desire to save.
May Jesus be seen in the lives of all, follow his example, obey the Father (Acts 2:38), become a Christian and live a life that shows Christ to all men.