Friday, September 26th, 2014
Leadership (Part 7)
The Choices Of Jesus
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him.
Isaiah 53:2 (NIV)
But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Philippians 2:7 (NKJV)
Isn't this the Carpenter?
Mark 6:3 (NIV)
Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?
John 1:46 (NKJV)
Behold, your King is coming to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey...
Matthew 21:5 (NKJV)
The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His Life as a ransom for many.
Matthew 20:28 (NIV)
Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set you an Example that you should do as I have done for you.
John 13:14-15 (NIV)
21st Century Christians, I ask you to dwell on the Life and Example of Jesus, our Leader: the Savior of mankind. But first, consider a few paths Jesus didn't take, lifestyles He didn't choose. Is it possible our King could have fulfilled His mission on a slightly easier path?
1) Jesus could have appeared on earth as the ultimate Prophet: a mysterious Man of God, fully grown. He could have walked into Galilee to recruit His first disciples. He could have preached and performed miracles--just like He did, even to the point of dying on the Cross. But His journey away from Home would have taken three years, instead of 33.
2) He could have chosen to be born as the handsome Son of a priest or a king: a rich and noble rebel, a Man determined to denounce hypocrisy, help the poor and save His people. He could have done the same work with the same brilliant ending, but possibly impressed even more people along the way. Such a platform might have yielded extra attention.
3) He could have lived the same life, but chosen a different death. Since God taught His people how to make acceptable sacrifices, animals died quickly and humanely. So why did Jesus have to be ridiculed, tried, scorned, scourged and nailed to a Cross? Wouldn't God have accepted His Son's atonement for our sins by means of a less brutal death?
4) In addition to freeing His children from Satan, Jesus could have chosen to free His nation from Rome. After all, they suffered from high taxes and cruel oppression. This special delivery is what most of the faithful children of Israel believed would happen: their Messiah would come, set them free and reign in peace. Surely, they prayed for this outcome.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: please note: Jesus made none of these choices.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.