Is Jesus REALLY ‘Sweet?’

The following list contains names assigned to our Lord Jesus. It is important to study who Jesus is. How can we love Him more unless we know more about Him. However, my question is simple, “How, in a biblical sense, refer to Him as ‘Sweet?’ There is no writer in known manuscripts that I am aware of refer to the Messiah as being ‘sweet’ as He is oftentimes described. This is not a necessarily objective term in English language terminology as the Webster’s dictionary simply defines the word as
‘Pleasant or desirable.’  However, the only reference to the Messiah as being sweet if found in Ephesians 4:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” NET2.  Of course this concerns the Suffering Servant concept of Jesus at the Crucifixion.

Please do not misunderstand my concern here; for in no way is there an attempt to belittle the descriptions that are made of Jesus Christ, but my thought is simply to provide some insight into the many types of descriptions given to Jesus Christ which may or may not accurately describe Him in human and secular manners. However, it is paramount that we do not allow ourselves to secularize Who this member of the Godhead is. He is NOT a ‘lovey’ that can be seen as a ‘soft and kind and cuddly teddy bear’ figure. Jesus is the Son of God, the I AM, the Begging and the End, the Savior, King and Lord of Lords. The list of names which are used in Scripture are many and lofty, to say the least. They are Names given Him by the Holy Spirit Who has portrayed Him as being the Holy, Crucified, buried and Resurrected, and coming again King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But ‘sweet’ is never used to describe Him.

All following Scriptures are taken from the NASB.

1 Corinthians 15:45-47, “So also it is written, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.”

1 John 2:1, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.”

Revelation 1:8, “”I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 3:14,  “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:”

Hebrews 3:1, “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.”

Hebrews 5:7-10, “In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 12:1-3, “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Revelation 3:14, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:”

John 6:35-39, “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe.  All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.“

There is a question Jesus asked of His disciples, “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:13-17.

About Bob Williford

Conservative Southern Baptist pastor, missionary, and personal evangelist. An avid supporter of Texas Tech Athletics. Enjoy oil painting, writing and woodworking. My wife, children, and grandchildren are my joy. Reading and writing are great for relaxing......
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