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The One who Fits No Formula

The things Jesus said and did…

shocked all his contemporaries.  They would have understood and tolerated an ascetic who wrote off this world for the sake of the future kingdom of God.  They would have understood and tolerated an apocalypticist who lived only for hope, completely uninterested in worldly affairs . . .  They would have understood and tolerated a Pharisee who urgently summoned people to accept the kingdom of God here and now in obedience to the law, for the sake of participating in the future kingdom of God.  They would have understood and tolerated a realist or skeptic who took his stand in this life with both feet on the ground, declaring himself an agnostic with respect to any future expectations.  But they could not understand a man who claimed that the kingdom of God came upon men in what he himself said and did, but nevertheless with incomprehensible caution refuses to perform decisive miracles; healed individuals, but refused to put and end to the misery of leprosy or blindness; spoke of destroying the old temple and building a new one, but did not even boycott the Jerusalem cult like the Qumran sect to inaugurate a new, purified cult in the cloister of the desert; who above all spoke of the impotence of those who can kill the boy, but refused to drive the Romans from the country.

Eduard Schweizer quoted in D.J. Bosch, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (American Society of Missiology) , 47-48

How much of Jesus does not fit into our own cultural assumptions of who he is and what he said?  How have we squeezed him into a mold that he never belonged?

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July 12, 2012 - Posted by | Jesus Christ - Person Of, Person of Christ, Work of Christ

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