Jesus could have destroyed the tempter, but instead of take actionable steps to refute the tempter’s sin-filled invitation, Jesus DOES nothing. He simply speaks truth. This is the faithful response of one who is King.
If you’re hoping that through a “better” balance of power in the US Senate and House, we’ll be a more peaceful nation, you’re putting your hope in the wrong place. Even Jesus found you can’t “make” peace, so he gifted it instead.
Into a world that keep trying to escape the frailty of the human body, God chooses to send Jesus in the form of the human body. As such an incarnate being, Jesus becomes the model for the church.
There is a Savior, and we are not him, so how do we live into the call to follow in the footsteps of Christ, in his role as Savior?
The new testament makes it clear, Jesus really is a home wrecker. But perhaps not in the way we’d imagine.
If Jesus is the example for faithful living, we shouldn’t look past his regular practice of gathering with others around the dinner table. Perhaps faithful living means partying more.
The gospels differ on aspects of Jesus’ life, but they all speak of Jesus in his adult life as a wandering vagabond. And that vagabond is who God declares is the true witness of faithfulness.
Too often we play a guessing game with Christ’s identity, in which we force our perceptions and our desires of a Messiah upon Christ. But Christ didn’t come just for you, Christ came for all people, so stop claiming an infallible opinion of the Messiah, or you’ll be rebuked, just like Peter.