Would the Real Jesus Please Stand Up

Posted: June 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

I woke this morning and went out in my yard, Bible in hand, and climbed into my early Father’s day present, a new hammock. I’ve always wanted one and my amazing family delivered.

Once in my hammock I opened up my Bible to the Book of Mark and my eyes were drawn to Mark 1:40 because at some point I had highlighted it in bright orange. I didn’t remember why. So I read it again and I immediately felt God speaking to me. He asked me. “Is this what you see today among people who profess my name?”

I knew He was not talking about everyone. There are quite a few Christ-like disciples I know personally that live out the character and qualities of Christ, but sadly there are many more people who claim Christ in name only.

It is these people that I knew God was addressing in His question to me. God does this a lot to me and I must be faithful and write what He gives me.

So this morning as I lay in my hammock, God spoke again. And here is what I received and have obediently documented in my blog for those who need to hear this.

Mark 1:40-42 NIV

A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man, “I am willing, he said, “Be clean!”

Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

Here’s a more modern translation:

The Book of Stark Reality 1:40-42 (We are Jesus in this version because we are his hands and feet)

A filthy drunk came to Jesus and fell on his knees and begged him. “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

Jesus was repulsed by the sight of him. The only thing worse was the stench emanating from the scraggly haired mess. Jesus instinctively pulled back so he wouldn’t  make contact with his grimy hands. “You did this to yourself.” Jesus said to him as he tried not to breathe in the arid smell. “Now you want me to fix your life?” Jesus scoffed. “You had so many chances, so many blown opportunities. How many rehabs did you walk away from? How many times did you fail the 12 steps? Do you know how bad you hurt your family when they staged that intervention and you stormed out cursing, spent the night drinking and woke in a gutter?

The man sobbed uncontrollably. “I’m sorry. Please, I beg you, forgive me.”

Jesus looked the man in his eyes, “Forgive you? You don’t deserve forgiveness. You destroyed the lives of your children. You made your wife’s life a living nightmare. What about them? You think sorry is going to make it all better? You are pathetic. A complete waste.” With that Jesus turned and walked away shaking his head in disgust.

The man wept bitterly and went back to the bottle.

To claim the name Christian we must be Christ-like. Here are some verses to show you what that looks like:

Matthew 18:21-22: Then Peter came to Jesus and asked. “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?”

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Luke 17:3:  “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”

2 Timothy 2:25: Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change their hearts, and they will learn the truth.

Galatians 6:1:  Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

James 5:20:  Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering, will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

These verses are instructions on how to be Christ-like, to be Christian. If you don’t want to follow these instructions, please take off your Hello My Name Is: Christian, nametag.

Thank you.

 

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