Monday, February 19th, 2018
Leadership: Strange Choices
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)
Scripture reveals the choices of Christ. Consider choices He refused.
1) Jesus could have appeared on earth as a mysterious Man of God: teaching, preaching and performing 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 a wealthy family and become a priest: denouncing hypocrisy, working righteousness and helping the poor--with the same brilliant ending, possibly impressing even more people. Such a platform might have yielded extra attention.
3) He could have lived the same life, but chosen a different death. Animal sacrifices were quick and humane. They weren't 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) Jesus could have delivered God's children from Satan AND Rome. Faithful Jews believed in this outcome: their Messiah would come, set them free and re-establish a reign of peace. Surely, they prayed for this outcome.
Please note: Our Leader made none of these choices.
## Leadership Series: Strange Choices (Part 6)
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Leadership series.