April 14, 2010
Scripture for the Day:
Luke 7:33-34 “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’”
I have been reading a wonderful biography of Kit Carson, the American legend of the Southwest. Carson was a famous trapper, explorer, army scout, hero of the Mexican American War, and both friend and enemy of American Indians. He seemed to have a sixth sense for danger and a double measure of courage and strength. Yet, he was a small man with sloping shoulders. He was bow legged from thousands of miles riding mules, not horses. Eastern writers were captivated by this western legend and made great sums of money by writing over 70 novels about him. The problem was most of the writers never met Carson, and created the person in their imagination that they thought would sell books. Once a man met Carson and said, “Look ‘ere, you ain’t the kind of Kit Carson I’m looking for.”
When I read that sentence I thought of the reception Jesus received on earth. Most of the religious leaders expected the Messiah to think as they thought, act as they acted, and associate with the people they associated with. They had rejected John for being too conservative and Jesus for being too liberal. They wanted a Savior they had created in their minds.
Others wanted a Messiah who would come forth in great power and overthrow the Romans, establishing a strong government upon the earth. They envisioned a conquering Messiah who would use force to found the Kingdom and to punish their enemies.
The world still attempts to alter Jesus to fit some accepted pattern. Many say as the man said to Carson: “Look ‘ere, you ain’t the kind of Messiah I’m looking for.”
So many missed Jesus because they wanted to fit him in their mold.
Today is our opportunity to invite Jesus to be who He is in our life. In following Him and allowing the Scripture to change our vision, we discover the joy of His presence in our life. He calls us to serve others, love our enemies, forgive those who’ve wronged us, and take up our cross daily to follow him.
Prayer Request: O Lord, forgive us from attempting to make Jesus be as we are. May we follow him as he teaches us who he really is. Amen.