When Jesus was born he was given two names. He was called Jesus meaning Saviour, and Emmanuel meaning God with us. Matthew 1:21-23
God with us describes that God comes to live among us, experience what we experience. The good times and the bad time. It also allows us to see what God is like, Gods reactions and have an example to live by. God is referred as being perfect, so we can see how to live like God.
He is also a saviour where God saves us from a possible lifestyle that is destroying us. Following Jesus we can put aside bad living and there is power there that gives us the strength to do the right thing. When Jesus lived here on the earth people enjoyed his friendship. They received healing and caring. He taught on how to live our lives to make us more fulfilled and contented. Today when we acknowledge Jesus and follow his teachings we are given what we call the holy spirit. The holy spirit is like having our own personal Jesus, a comforter, a teacher and a source of truth. John 15:26-27.
What is it like to have Jesus among us?
We see people out and about. They speak about what they know and they have an opinion. When we believe something do we really need to know what we are talking about and are we being true to the belief we hold dear. When it comes to Jesus we need to study his life and his character. By doing so we get some kind of idea of how Jesus would act in the situations we face
So if we ask the question, what would Jesus do? Then we start a journey on who he is. If Jesus came to earth to dwell among us and be our saviour, would he always looking at us and saying how bad we are, and how we need to conform and be like him. Is there any evidence looking at the writings on Jesus that he was like this. There seems to be more of a person who sits with us, listens, challenges, teaches and then leaves us to make the decisions. He is concerned for you, but he is not going to force anything on you. It is your choice.
When you see Christians saying you must or else, it is a real turn off for people. This does not really fit in with Jesus and does not care for the person who we are saying it to. Jesus says, here it is, take it or leave it. Many of the stories of Jesus describe an encounter with Jesus, there is a change in the person, and then we are not told what happens after to these people.
That is not to say that we introduce people to Jesus and then forget them, Jesus did say ‘Go and make disciples’ (Matthew 28: 19-20). Surely this is where people have decided by themselves to find out more about Jesus, and we take them through a process of teaching, guiding and enabling them to follow Jesus for themselves. No judgement, no condemnation, just loving them into the Kingdom.
To involve ourselves in confrontation will do nobody any good, and if there is a disagreement then surely it is better turn the conversation back to Jesus, or what we do agree on.
What the world does is what the world does, and if we are in a minority then we probably cannot change it, and our methods might make them worse. Perhaps it is time to let God do the work in the lives of those who are searching, and we just care for them.
When we see the world falling about us is it any surprise? Christians often stand up and moan and say this must change back to what it was. But they fail because they are trying to inflict on the world what they want and an opinion that may not be in line with Jesus. If we want to change the world we need to introduce Jesus and let people decide for themselves. We need to get our hands dirty in living like Jesus and bringing a different example, by really caring through our actions. Maybe it is time to put away our opinion and care whether that person has a positive picture of Jesus. A picture that will make them wonder more about Jesus.
When there is injustice in society, then maybe we take up a battle. But we must be so careful with Jesus, because there might a possibility that he wouldn’t support it. Fight battles in the name of the battle.
Maybe as a community we need to ask real question of ourselves and see people as God sees rather than something that is threatening. A revolutionary story Jesus taught was that of God as a Father waiting patiently day by day waiting for his long lost son to return. And when the son returned the Father did not give the son a lecture, or get angry or want any explanation, he just embraced his son, overjoyed with his return. Is this really being portrayed by those who follow Jesus.
What is it like to have Jesus among us?
Could the delivery of the gospel message be improved to be more caring for the person?
Are people who represent Jesus representing him correctly?
Does the Christianity we see today save people or just make them angry and frustrated?
Have you researched Jesus to know what he would say in the conversations you have with others?