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Topic: Ow! (01/07/10)

By Rebecca O'Connor


Whether you agree with me or not, I know of no greater pain than being misunderstood. We picture Jesus pain at the cross, but He shared God’s pain of not being known to the children He loved so. It has not changed today. People sometimes have a painted concept of Jesus that was not His reality.

I remember an instance when someone was talking about wine in the Bible. There was quite a debate about whether Jesus did or did not sip the libations at feasts and banquets. Of course we know that He did: Matt 11:18-19 “For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil. 19 The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.” KJV Suddenly this woman became incensed and declared, “I’d have thought better of Him had He not!” Ouch! You can tell that this woman would never be picked as the designated driver, because she could only drive her own conclusions. She not only hit Jesus’ reputation but ran Him down as well with her disgusted judgment of Him.

How many times have people hit and run over Jesus’ identity making Him less than real? Jesus has no need for a designated driver, and not simply because His mode of transportation was His feet with an occasion on a donkey, but because HE IS GOD. God has no appetites to modify or subdue.

Jesus relaxed with His friends, celebrated at the wedding feasts of relatives and laughed. The religious, trying to seem pious, paint Jesus as a sober-sights of a suffering servant who was ONLY smitten and afflicted. People appoint themselves as the designated driver, driving Jesus’ personality to the destination of conclusion all the time. Yet instead of helping Jesus, they hit and run His personality off reality’s road.

Many times we read the ministry of Christ and believe that He had no life at all outside its boundary. Jesus’ life was longer than the time spent in ministry. His ministry was relatively short on earth. While John was fasting in the wilderness and preaching to the masses words of repentance, Jesus was busy at work. He was a carpenter in the family business. In other words He held down a job. He was a brother, cousin, neighbor, nephew, grandson and a son, besides being THE SON. Being the eldest child in His family, He would have helped with the younger ones. How comical it must have been for Him to be taught lessons in religion, when He had been part of the creation process from the beginning! Did He change a diaper, take his sister to market, babysit, tell bedtime stories to siblings, help mother clean off the table, look forward to playing with His cousins, have a pet? Jesus was raised in a family not in a pious bubble. This is not to make less of Jesus than Bible depiction, but to see His great accessibility.

Jesus has no need for a designated driven because His reality is not stumbling. His reality is a sure foundation and good. Why hit and run over Him? Why not pull over and get out of the car. Take a walk with Him. He is more than a Savior; He is a friend. John 15:15 “Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.” Even in His ministry He took time out to be with friends. You may be surprised at what He will tell you at these times.

Eliminate the car. It is too fast anyway. Take time to walk in the garden with Him and know who He is. Jesus takes the time to walk with me, and talk with me and He tells me…well, whatever He tells you, you can bet none other has ever known! The Joy you share as you tarry there...words cannot describe, but somebody ought to put that to music!

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Ruth Brown01/14/10
Excellent content.What a message. Over all well said and well written. Blessings to you, Ruth
Noel Mitaxa 01/14/10
Thanks for this doorway into Jesus' humanity, for I feel that for too long we have spiritualised him, the gospel and the church far more than he ever planned.
Robyn Burke01/15/10
Well said!! This would make an excellent sermon to be delivered in more then a few churches... :)

Some great clever lines in there. good writing.
Karlene Jacobsen01/17/10
You've painted well the picture of Jesus. I giggled when you mentioned the lessons in religion. Can you imagine? Jesus, having created, inspired, and breathed the Word, being the Word in Flesh, being taught that very Word. ^_^