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SAME JESUS – DIFFERENT REACTIONS

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, just as it had been prophesied concerning the Messiah, 700 years earlier (Mic. 5:2).  His birth would be miraculous in that His mother would be a virgin (Isa. 7:14).  He would be from the lineage of Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, and David (Gen. 3:15; 12:3; 17:19; Num. 24:17; Gen. 49:10; Jer. 23:5).  There is little doubt that Jesus was Israel’s long-awaited Messiah! And if the Old Testament prophecies were not enough to show His true identity, we have the reaction of those involved with Him the first eight days of His life.  The following examples all come from the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke.1482924_10152143584510775_1533230295_n *  The Angels of the Lord at the announcement of Christ’s birth to lowly shepherds:  “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (2:13-14).294810_535593889819545_1876234634_n *   The shepherds, after seeing the Christ child: 

“And when they had seen [Him], they

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*  Mary, the mother of Jesus, the Christ:

 “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart” (2:19).

*  Simeon, who had been promised by God that he would not die until he had seen Israel’s Messiah:

  “Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy Word:  for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation” (2:29-30).

  And he prophesied concerning Mary’s future grief (2:34-35).

*  Anna, a prophetess, reacted as well, for the Word says,

“And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of Him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (2:38).

As can be seen from these five examples, not everyone reacts the same.

  But they all have one thing in common:  from the moment they meet Him,

He becomes the center of our thoughts and their conversations!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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FOUR PORTRAITS ONE JESUS

with Dr. Mark Strauss

PART 1

07.22.13

Each of the four gospels offers a unique portrait of the life and ministry of Jesus. But how do we use these different perspectives to experience our Savior in a tangible way? Listen | Send to a Friend | Order a copy on CD

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PART 2

07.23.13

Though it is the second book of the New Testament, Mark’s gospel was probably written first. Unlike the other gospel writers, he mostly focused on Christ’s power and authority. Listen | Send to a Friend | Order a copy on CD

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PART 3

07.24.13

Jesus said He was the Messiah, but there were many who doubted the validity of His ministry. This is why the Gospel of Matthew is important in understanding how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. Listen | Send to a Friend | Order a copy on CD

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PART 4

07.25.13

The apostle Paul may have written more ‘books’ of the New Testament, but his companion, Luke,wrote more words. Find out how the first Christian historian showed us that the gospel is for all people. Listen | Send to a Friend | Order a copy on CD

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PART 5

07.26.13

He was the disciple whom Jesus loved and the final author of the four gospels. John may have written in simple Greek, but he had profound things to say about the deity of Christ.Listen | Send to a Friend | Order a copy on CD

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PART 6

07.27.13

Each of the four gospels offers a unique portrait of the life and ministry of Jesus. But how do we use these different perspectives to experience our Savior in a tangible way?

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IS THE GOSPEL RELEVANT
[ PART 1 WITH DARRELL JOHNSON ]

Jesus said, “I am the Bread of Life.” This title is loaded with significance that should transform the way we see our Savior. Do you know how Jesus can be the Bread in your life today?

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IS THE GOSPEL RELEVANT
[ PART 2 WITH DARRELL JOHNSON ]

Nobody understood what Jesus meant when he called himself the “Bread of Life.” His statement was so forceful that the crowds began to desert him. What did he mean by this and why was he so insistent?

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IS THE GOSPEL RELEVANT
[ PART 3 WITH DARRELL JOHNSON ]

Who is Jesus? Who do you think he is? Christians believe he is God incarnate and Savior. But did Jesus of Nazareth ever make such a claim? Did he think he was God?

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IS THE GOSPEL RELEVANT?
[ PART 4 WITH DARRELL JOHNSON ]

Who is Jesus? Who do you think he is? Christians believe he is God incarnate and Savior. But did Jesus of Nazareth ever make such a claim? Did he think he was God?

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IS THE GOSPEL RELEVANT?
[ PART 5 WITH DARRELL JOHNSON ]

The world is a house under siege and occupied by a strong enemy. Who can rescue us from such an opponent? According to Jesus in the gospel of Mark and Luke, we need someone stronger to free us from

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Deposition. Heures d'Étienne Chevalier, enlumi...

Deposition. Heures d'Étienne Chevalier, enluminées par Jean Fouquet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee

The Meal at the House of Simon the Pharisee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A PROSTITUTE TEACHES ME HOW TO WORSHIP

As Christians, we often spend a lot of time wondering what is wrong with us.

We hear of martyrs on foreign soil  laying down their lives for the gospel in bloody extravagant fashion. Church history testifies of men and women who stood against fierce political and social opposition and proclaimed boldly the foolishness of the cross. In our bible reading the fearless radical passion of the early church in the book of Acts is an indictment on our listless and dry spiritual estate.

Even reading a popular book calling us to “Radical” gospel commitments doesn’t necessarily bring the quick spiritual fix we long for.

It’s enough to make any solid sincere saint at the least question their own fruit, and at the most question their very salvation.

All of this begs the question.

Thankfully, as is always the case with the most important questions, the Bible is forthcoming with a more than adequate answer. It’s found in Luke 7:36-50:

When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them. When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Let’s stop there for now.

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Deutsch: Christus im Hause des Pharisäers, Jacopo Tintoretto, Escorial (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Where does such passion, boldness, and extravagant worship come from?

Party Like A Morning Star

In the verse right before this scene (Luke 7:34) Jesus speaks of eating with the “wrong people.” The Sinners and tax collectors were despised by the religious establishment. One of the Pharisees charges against Jesus was that he threw the best parties (“a drunkard”) and invited the lowest classes of a people.

They probably were jealous they weren’t invited.

Jesus turns that theory on its head in the very next scene.  Being no respecter of persons, Christ eats with the “right” person in v. 36. Pharisees were the creme de la creme of society, pillars of the first century Israeli religious system. The Pharisees were OCD in their religious zeal. They fasted frequently and even tithed out of their spice racks.

In v. 36 Simon the Pharisee invites Jesus to dinner. Dinner was a sign of intimate acquaintance in ancient Israel culture. A gesture of supreme respect towards the person invited.

Is it possible to pay outward respects to Christ and inwardly oppose him?

It takes no time for a broken vessel to rain on Simon’s party.

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Rubens-Feast of Simon the Pharisee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Party Foul Of Kanye West Proportions

In v.37 we have a very public “sinner” show up to the Pharisee’s house. The phrase “woman of the city” usually connotes sexual sin, which was probably committed as a prostitute. In that day, women were second class citizens on the level of children. For a woman to show up to a man’s dinner party uninvited was a serious party foul.

For a known prostitute to show up at a Pharisee’s dinner party uninvited was a colossal Kanye Westesque error.

The woman brings with her what is likely her most valuable possession, an alabaster flask of perfume. The expensive stone flask was probably used for her line of work. In a profound way, the jar contained her very livelihood. It was worth a healthy portion of her salary for the entire year.

Yet she pours it out in a reckless display of love.

Her only earthly security.

Her 401K Plan.

And then something even more stunning happens.

Because of our lack of historical context, the cultural significance of v. 38 is lost on us.

She washes Jesus’s feet with her glory

A woman’s hair had a weighty impact on her identity in Jewish culture.

In 1 Cor. 11:15 Paul calls a woman’s hair her “glory.”

The first century Jewish woman kept her hair up all her life. But on her wedding night when she was standing before her husband for the first time the man would reach up and take her hair down. Before the marriage was officially consummated the new husband would first see his wife’s long hair fall around her bare shoulders and back, and he would behold her there, standing in all her “glory.” Because of these implications it was scandalous for a woman to have her hair down before other men in public places.

But this woman does not care that she scandalizes the mind of mere men. She is on a solemn mission to serve at the feet of her tender Savior.

Her hair is down, she is vulnerable, she lays it all before the feet of the only man who will never use and abuse her.

And she uses her alabaster jar, her life savings plan, her only resource of earthly value and pours it on the feet of Jesus. The sandaled, dusty, unkempt feet of love. This was a slave’s job. She does it with tearful joy. Her tears were the soap that anointed the Savior’s feet.

Worship is a deeply emotional response to Christ. It is not just that, but it at least has that heartfelt component in it. Dignified stoicism is not a virtue lauded by Jesus.

This passion, boldness, and extravagant worship was a response she couldn’t hold back, no matter how her culture condemned her.

The gaze of the religious cut her to pieces. But she was pierced only by the gaze of One.

We’ll answer the original question at hand in the next post. The question(s) for now are:

What is holding me back from unhindered displays of worship for my Jesus?

What can this prostitute teach me about costly love?

Do I identify more with the Pharisee than the prostitute in this scene?

Peace and Grace til next time.

Bryan Daniels

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