When Jesus rose from the dead, there were all kinds of speculations as to what happened to Him. Indeed, the first person to see Him after His resurrection thought He was a common gardener. When Jesus appeared to His disciples, initially they thought He was a scary ghost. On the road to Emmaus, some of His followers thought He was a fellow traveler. It seems to me that we often try to fit Jesus into our known paradigms rather than change our thinking to fit Who Jesus is.
When I think about Who Jesus is & what He did, I’m reminded that He defied the religious conventions of His day:
- He purposely healed on the Sabbath in front of the religious leaders, creating havoc & chaos in their doctrinal dogma
- He upended the daily temple traffic, displaying anger & hostility at the distorted expression worship had become
- He challenged Nicodemus’ thinking about God’s kingdom and sprung on him the crazy idea about being born again
- He condemned the religious to forgive the broken and defeated: the woman caught in adultery who was brought to Jesus by the religious leaders whom He forgave
Let’s be careful that our ideas of Jesus conform to the Gospels and not merely man’s religious dogma 🙂