What Did Jesus Do?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Faith | 2 comments

Jesus never told anyone, “You’re bad publicity for my ministry.”

“And a leper came to Him, begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You are able to make me clean. And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be made clean! And at once the leprosy completely left him and he was made clean by being healed.” (Mark 1:40-42)

In the religious and social climate of that time, people with leprosy were despised and feared. Their leprosy was commonly believed to be the consequence of secret sins. They were excluded from religious customs in the temples, shunned and forced to live in separate communities. Lepers were seen as the ultimate example of ungodliness, sin, and shameful living.

Can you imagine if Jesus had responded something like this: “Hey! Leper! Could you please keep some distance? Your leprosy isn’t compatible with the feel I’m trying to project in my ministry. Please don’t get too close or the more desirable people I’d like to include in the body of Christ are going to become uncomfortable. It’ll affect giving.”

“At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:1-11)

This story would most definitely read differently if Jesus had said something along the lines of, “Woman! Are these accusations true? If so, we’ll have to plan a church meeting to figure out how to deal with your sin and reconcile you. First I’ll need you to explain yourself to me and all these other people judging you. It makes no difference that they’re sinners too because your sin is just plain worse. Well, at least it’s more visible.”

I love the actual, real Jesus in the Bible. He is bold, courageous, gracious, kind, compassionate, and a bit scandalous. He is love. Unconditional and unshakeable love. He came to “seek and save the lost.” He did it by actually seeking out, keeping company with, and loving unconditionally, well, the lost, the hurting, the sick, the poor. He actually spent time in the dark places where these people congregated, not within the safe and comfortable confines of the church walls. He was not made uncomfortable or nervous by those who did not share His lifestyle. His love, grace, salvation, and healing were intended for everyone.

2 Comments

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  2. Nice color choice on the blog. It is really easy on my eyes and I have bad eyes too so that’s a really big compliment lol

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