May I ask you a question? Who is the real Jesus? Is it the Jesus with his marred and nail-pierced hands? Is it this picture that reminds us that he has rescued us from sin and its deadly consequences?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Did you ever notice how many Jesus’s there are out there? There’s Jesus the prophet and good teacher. There’s Jesus the good man who was murdered by the Romans. There’s Jesus the Son of God who was not equal to God but lives with God. Then there’s Jesus the beloved of God who died trying to change the world. And, in the latest edition, there’s Jesus who was a great leader, got married and was eventually deified by a bunch of zealous disciples. With all of these Jesus’s to choose from, it can get quite confusing. Will the real Jesus please stand up?
What is it about Jesus that convinces us he is our Jesus–the real Jesus?
Here’s a story: An orphaned boy was living with his grandmother when their house caught fire. The grandmother, trying to get upstairs to rescue the boy, perished in the flames. The boy’s cries for help were finally answered by a man who climbed an iron drainpipe and came back down with the boy hanging tightly to his neck. Several weeks later, a public hearing was held to determine who would receive custody of the child. A farmer, a teacher, and the town’s wealthiest citizen all gave the reasons they felt they should be chosen to give the boy a home. But as they talked, the lad’s eyes remained focused on the floor. Then a stranger walked to the front and slowly took his hand from his pockets, revealing severe scars on them. As the crowd gasped, the boy cried out in recognition. This was the man who had saved his life. His hands had been burned when he climbed the hot pipe. With a leap the boy threw his arms around the man's neck and held on for dear life. The other men silently walked away, leaving the boy and his rescuer alone. Those marred hands had settled the issue. (Leslie B. Flynn)
Who is the real Jesus? It is the Jesus with his marred and nail-pierced hands. It is this picture that reminds us that he has rescued us from sin and its deadly consequences. Because he is the Jesus who laid down his life for you and I. It was his blood that paid the price for sin and it is his blood that makes you dirty life and mine clean, spotless in the eyes of God. There’s no mistaking this Jesus. When He holds out his hands they tell the whole story.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Your Son offered his body up as a sacrifice in my place. The least I can do is offer this body back to you. I’ve given you my heart; it is your home. It is no longer heavy, cynical, critical, and lacking in empathy. You are remodeling it to suit your taste for servanthood, beauty, and glory. I’ve given you my mind. You are transforming it to a place where joy grows. It used to be a place of darkness, hopelessness, and depression. How grateful I am! You are changing my will and aligning it with yours. It used to be centered on me, now it is growing in You-centeredness and other-centeredness. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
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