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Friday, April 18, 2014

Think About It

What Do You See?

It’s always interesting that we can be looking at the same thing and yet we each can see something different. A prime example of this is Jesus Christ. As we approach the celebration of Easter we have Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem recorded here in Mark 11:8-10. Many in the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of him, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around him were shouting, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessings on the coming Kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!” As noted, many were celebrating, but I wonder how many in the crowd were seeing something different. Some were seeing Jesus as the one they hated and were plotting a way to have him arrested. Others where looking at him for what he could do for them. Perhaps they needed healing or someone in their family did. Still others were there out of curiosity, just following the crowd. Some were celebrating for who they saw Jesus to be while others for what he could do. What you see will determine your response.

Regardless of what you believe about the story, we’re no different than the people of that day. Our view of Jesus is shaped by who we believe him to be and by what we think he can do for us. Sadly, when we’re looking for what he can do for us, we can come up short-handed. This isn’t because Jesus can’t do what we ask, but simply because he doesn’t. We then get angry and like the little child, we dismiss him as being trivial and uncaring. Because we view Jesus for what he can do, our view of him is too small. Why? Because our view becomes limited by our experience of what he’s done up to this point. But when we see him for who he is, the opportunities and his abilities become endless.

Our relationship with Jesus and others will be affected by how we view them. If it is based upon what they can do for us then it’s going to be a one-sided relationship and one that we will come up lacking. What do you see? Think about it.


Anonymous said...

I see superstitious gullible fools. Think about that.

Anonymous said...

Your going to hell! What cha think fool?

Anonymous said...

How you view Jesus varies greatly based on which side of the podium you are on. For some he works in mysterious ways, sometimes good sometimes bad. For others he lines your pockets with righteous money.