This piece is a part of the series 30 Words In 30 Days.
Some say he was a teacher. They say that his great gift to the world was a fresh, new understanding of what it means to be human. They say he taught us about the highest good. They say he taught us to see beyond our own comforts and into the margins, where the poor and disenfranchised live. They say he was a dynamic storyteller who captivated his audiences and captivates us today with the power of narrative. They say his wisdom was vast. They say his insights were rich.
Some say he was a prophet. They say that his great gift to the world was a picture of the future. They say he came to give us new lenses, so that we might see what was really happening all around us and so that we might also see what was to come. They say that he was clairvoyant, that his intuition resided in a place deeper than human consciousness. They say he came to show us a better way, an unknown path to reach enlightenment and well being and peace.
Some say he was a revolutionary. They say that his great gift to the world was insurgence against the oppressive powers of his age. They say that he came to free slaves and liberate the captives. They say he was a voice for the voiceless and hope for the hopeless. They say he spent time with hookers and crooks and white collar criminals, spitting in the face of the establishment every step of the way. They say he was hated by the Roman authorities and the Jewish authorities alike. They say he was loved by the people trampled underfoot by the authorities that hated him.
Some say he was Messiah. They say that his great gift to the world was himself. They say that he was chosen and sent and that he did it all out of love. They say that he came to renew, restore, and resurrect dead things back to life and to do so through himself, the shedding of his own blood and the breaking of his own body. They say he came not only to fix everything but to also change everything. They say that he is the way, the truth, and the life.
What about you? Who do you say he is?