Meek and Mild Jesus??
Most people have an exceptionally weak view of Jesus
- Pacifist, Hippy, “everyone be nice to each other!”
- Easy salvation, free grace
- both are true, but we forget about the commitment required by Christ… the life…
- weak, pasty, fair skinned, big blue eyed quiet Jesus
- Show some pics.. buddy Jesus, classic “Jesus” paintings
- Exception that could make me change my mind: Ted Nealy (JC Superstar, original actor.)
- “Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild” (A Hymn by Charles Wesley. Not his finest moment).
- This idea comes from not actually reading the bible. and hearing selected stories of Jesus and the lambs, with children, ect…
- They hear “blessed are the meek” but don’t understand the word meek
- Dictionary def. Easily imposed on; submissive.
- If you READ what we call “The Gospels”, the written record of Jesus’ time on Earth, it becomes impossible to say “he was just a nice guy who taught a lot of nice things…”
Meek and Wild Jesus
Just a little while later he tells his disciples a great secret:
Matthew 10:34 (NLT)
"Don't imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! No, I came to bring a sword.
Matthew 10:34-39 (MSG) a bit easier to follow
Don't think I've come to make life cozy. I've come to cut-- make a sharp knife-cut between son and father, daughter and mother, bride and mother-in-law--cut through these cozy domestic arrangements and free you for God. Well-meaning family members can be your worst enemies. If you prefer father or mother over me, you don't deserve me. If you prefer son or daughter over me, you don't deserve me.”
“If you don't go all the way with me, through thick and thin, you don't deserve me. If your first concern is to look after yourself, you'll never find yourself. But if you forget about yourself and look to me, you'll find both yourself and me.”
Blessed are the meek?
Not a real comfortable, easy to swallow comment. Where’s this comfortable Jesus now?
John 2:13 (NLT)
"It was time for the annual Passover celebration, and Jesus went to Jerusalem. In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; and he saw money changers behind their counters. Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and oxen, scattered the money changers' coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, "Get these things out of here. Don't turn my Father's house into a marketplace!"
Blessed are the meek?
Let me give you a picture of what meekness actually is.
Aragorn as a picture of Christ
Probably the best analogy I’ve got right now (what can I say, I’m a geek)
Strider = Christ on earth
- Vagabond ranger (image of a slave…)
- no reputation or apparent authority
- itching to fulfill his destiny
- amazing acts of heroism that showed brief glimpses of his true nature
King Ellesar = Glorified Christ (sorta…)
- Crowned king of kings, his true identity
- All bow to him
- Commanded respect, authority, brought good into the land
We Serve a Mighty King
People have confused Christ’s commands (selected ones) to his followers, and his example of servant-hood on Earth with his true nature.
He DOES command meekness, but meekness isn’t weakness. It is patient endurance and trust in God. Greek word is used to describe workhorses… patient, strong, silent, tolerant, faithful.
Mark Darling defined meekness at the marriage conference this way: to endure injury without revenge or bitterness.
Strider is a picture of meekness
He DOES command pacifism of his followers (its not easy to turn the other cheek when you have the power to hit back). But HE is coming back in power to judge and vindicate
A Picture of Christ as he is now
- Difficult for me to rely on the power of Christ to transform my life when I have this typical view of Christ.
- Difficult to understand the power of God working in me when I have this view of Christ
- Difficult to trust Christ as commander of the church when I have this view of Christ (meek = weak).
Revelation 1:13-16 (NLT)
“He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were bright like flames of fire. His feet were as bright as bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was as bright as the sun in all its brilliance.”
“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war. His eyes were bright like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him, and only he knew what it meant. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses. From his mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod, and he trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. On his robe and thigh was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords.”
What’s with the blood?
Isaiah 63:2-3 (NLT)
“Why are your clothes so red, as if you have been treading out grapes?”
"I have trodden the winepress alone; no one was there to help me. In my anger I have trampled my enemies as if they were grapes. In my fury I have trampled my foes. It is their blood that has stained my clothes.”
The New Picture of Jesus
(see the image here..., please don't mind the crazy site, but the art is right on...)This is the Jesus I serve
- Wonderful Counselor
- Mighty God
- Everlasting Father
- Prince of Peace
- A risen King of Glory
- A Valiant Warrior
This is the God that lives in me.
He DOES freely give us grace and saves us from his wrath… and now is your chance to take it and be transformed by it, but a time is coming when God’s justice will be released and it will be a time of reckoning. On that day, He will be a mighty, warrior God/King.