What if? Jesus: "We are the unexpected."
So last week we looked first at who Jesus was. He was the unexpected. Everything He did was against the grain. After that, we looked at what it means to be like Jesus. We are the unexpected. We are called to be the unexpected. It is more than just our actions, but it needs to be everything we are.If you missed these two posts you can find them here:Jesus: The Unexpected: http://tinyurl.com/ow77anjLet Them Shoot You: http://tinyurl.com/p7mj99b
So my question today is this, “What would happen if we were the unexpected?”
Today, I am going to wrap this series up with answering this question. I mean really…what would our world look like if we were actually Christ-like? I can see it now and I yearn for it. There would be less war and violence. People would live in a state of worship where it would be their entire being. People would sacrifice for others. People would cross racial divides and love.Galatians 3:28 would be our daily lives!“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:28)The world would not know what to do if we acted like Jesus! How do I know this? Because the people in Jesus’s day did not know what to do with Him! The religious leaders tried to come up with all sorts of answers. They said He had a demon (John 7:20), they said He was a lunatic (Matt. 12:22-29), and they accused Him of being a liar (John 10:30-31). The religious leaders were caught off guard because He was the unexpected.
Somehow, this unexpected man started one of the greatest movements in history.
People died for what their belief in Jesus and His teachings. His followers began to start churches, take care of the poor, give of themselves, and become martyrs.All of this because people became the unexpected.So it is not hard for me to put two and two together. If we began to be the unexpected we would see the biggest revival in the history of the world.
Because that is what happens when people begin to act like Christ,
And not just claim to be Christians.
My brother has this new mission. He does not want to be called a Christian. Me, being a progressive traditionalist (weird I know) was aghast that my brother would throw away that title. I was sick to my stomach. Then he explained it to me. He told me that his friends look at “Christians” as judgemental and hateful, and he no longer wanted to be associated with that. So, he decided he would call himself a Jesus Follower.Instead of jumping ship, what if we changed what it meant to be a Christian. What if when people heard the term, “Christian,” they immediately thoughts of hope, love, security, justice, home, family, and redemption? It would change the game.In our world today, people are crying out for a change, whether it stems from the situation in Ferguson to abortion to the war in Iraq. People want a change. You saw that with President Barack Obama. He promised a change and hope, and people flocked to him.
People are ready for a change.
A real change.
You are the change.
Now, go be the unexpected.
Be the change.
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