The great advantage of hitching your wagon to someone who knows everything is that there are no “oops” moments.
What he did say: If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find it. What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What would you give to get back your soul? (Matthew 16.25, 26)
Shared in order to emphasize what he did say.
ok, I'm not going to argue with the FAA, or any other organization that has every flight I go on tell me that in an emergency I must take care of myself first... before helping others. But this is often used as an example of how would should 'do life'. If your going to truly help others, then you sure better make sure you are in good shape first.
But Jesus Didn't say that.
In Luke 15, Jesus tells the story of a shepherd who leaves behind 99 sheep, to go look for the one. Jesus doesn't play the odds game. He does not look at the collected data to make the most profitable decision. In fact... he came to die so that we would have life.
This is kind of a duh one! Now there is some blessing in receiving, and some of us need to learn to be more grateful receivers, allowing others to get their blessing by sharing with us. But make no mistake - it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20.35).
Over and over again Jesus claims to be God. It drove the Religious leaders of the day nuts... and I suspect if Jesus came today he might have the same affect on our church hierarchy. Check out John 5.18.
I love how C.S Lewis puts it here in this now famous quote from Mere Christianity:
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”
In Matthew 20, Jesus is asked by someone's mother if her kids could have a prominent space next to him in the coming kingdom. Jesus is not very impressed with this, and lets the mother know that she does not really know what she asking for.
Anyway, Jesus didn't make political moves and trades like we see in just about every instution and organization.
There is this wonderful story in John 8 where “good people” brought this “sinner” to Jesus to test him. To see if he would stone her just like the Bible told him to.
“Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”.
But Jesus knew what they were up to, and so bent down and started writing stuff int eh dirt. it didn’t take long before these “good people” realized that Jesus was writing the sins that they were guilty of. That was when Jesus got back up and said:
“Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”
And Yet …So often we "good Christians” in church tend to follow the original statement on this post. Mmm.
What he actually said, while being nailed to the cross, was this "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do." Luke 23.34
In fact, what Jesus said was "Whoever wants to be great among you must actually act the part of the servant (Mark 10.44). Jesus then went on to say that the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.
This whole Jesus thing, if followed, would turn the world upside down - something the "haves" in the current situation will do anything to avoid. Even the Christians.
Jesus said it clearly while finishing off this speech: For even the Son of man (God) came not to be served, but to serve.
This is such a powerful part of Jesus' example and ministry. It declares who he is in the face of the Devils accusations.
It really goes like this: Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23.24