Saturday, May 23, 2020

Which Jesus Are You Serving?

Recently I heard someone on an online live broadcast say something like, "Wouldn't Jesus look silly going around with a surgical mask on!" That struck me so I posted this question on my Facebook page, "Would Jesus wear a mask?" Of course I meant a surgical mask when I posted the question. It seemed that everyone who responded knew the type of mask I was referring to. The response was pretty good. I must say, however, I was a bit astounded at some of the content!

Astounded? Why? Because of the range of the content...from an absolute "No" to "Jesus would wear a mask (even though He didn't need one) in order to encourage others to wear them. Actually I didn't think any of the responses were wrong or evil, but what astounded me was the difference of perspective folks have on Jesus. Perspective means a lot, because it determines which Jesus you serve. Your perspective of Jesus should be determined by the purity of God's Word, not the news, not by folks opinion, but again, by the Word of God.

If you commit to being a student/disciple of Jesus, then you commit to studying and learning God's Word. The more you learn, know, and apply God's Word in your life, the more you know and understand the fullness of who Jesus is. Yes, Jesus is Savior, thank God. But He is also Lord, Deliverer, Protector, Provider, and Healer! Actually He is much more than that!

I personally don't think Jesus would wear a surgical mask if they would've had them. I believe the encouragement from Jesus would go something like, "Trust me!" Or, "Follow me, and let me make you...." Or, "I so desire to heal you so let me touch you!" Listen to this: "When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds followed Him. And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed." (Mark 8:1-3) Notice Jesus didn't draw back (because the man was a leper) and shout from a safe distance, "I am willing, be healed". He was setting a precedent for those who would follow Him throughout the ages. Later He spoke about you and me just before He ascended back to the Father: "...they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:18) Also see (John 14:12).

 I truly don't want to be even remotely offensive as I ask this, but is the Jesus you serve the one who would be more concerned with encouraging people to keep a safe distance from the leper by His own example?  Or is He the One who would be more concerned with demonstrating that you and I have power over not only sin, but physical sickness in His name? When Jesus healed the leper, He went against all practical protocol. He didn't keep a safe distance. I am quite sure some people understandably panicked. I'm sure some screamed "leper, leper!", and backed away to a supposedly safe distance. But not Jesus. He wasn't concerned about getting leprosy. Instead, He was driven to impart the gift of healing and restoration to a man who had suffered immensely for a long, long time; a man who was an outcast due to the disease he had. Remember, Jesus still heals today through yielded, trusting vessels.

Jesus established the precedent for you and me two thousand years ago. This post is in no way an attempt to down the medical profession and the incredible medical technology available to us today. But we must always remember that the medical experts are not Jesus. And in a time when politics has infiltrated even the medical world, Jesus is still (and will forever be) the Great Physician. The Jesus I serve is the One who defied all protocol and logic with the power that is much higher, and infinitely supplied from heaven! This is the Jesus who has conquered death, hell, and the grave, through whom we have been made more than conquerors!

Note: This post asks the question "Would Jesus Wear A Mask?". I am not asking you if you would wear a mask.

 

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