In my last post, I called Jesus the most dangerous person to walk the planet. It wasn’t said lightly.
Creation held together as long as he wills it.
At my church, we’re looking at the seven churches in Revelation. First, look at how Jesus is portrayed in Revelation 1:13-16.
“And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man. He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.”
Later he kills thousands of enemies with a word. Unfiltered, his holiness will kill you if there is any impurity in you.
Like a live nuclear weapon sitting there. You’re going to be careful around that.
Imagine this, now, look at Jesus in the Gospels. The audacity of Satan in the wilderness.
Jesus cast out demons with a word, gently healing those who came to him. Warrior. Healer.
At a dinner with tax collectors and society’s hated, the moralistic Pharisees looked in with disgust. They complained about why he was eating with them.
They thought they were righteous. They’d be dead if they’d seen him in all his glory. No one is pure enough to stand it.
All that honor, glory, and royalty in a wandering itinerant teacher. He humbled himself with complete self-control, interacting with elites and outcasts alike.
He used the power to serve others. Never is it recorded that it was used for himself.
Even though it’s entirely in his rights to do so.
Imagine the most powerful and dangerous person you know.
Now they’re kneeling and washing your feet.
The one who gives you the next breath, every beat of your heart, holding all your atoms together…did that for his followers.
Then he said, “Do you understand what I was doing? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that’s what I am. And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master. Nor is the messenger more important than the one who sends the message. Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.”
It makes you think.