How did Jesus Surprise His Followers?
The following were collected from comments of those at the Chat Zone in Main Street Community Church, Frodsham, on 13 March 2016, in response to the question, "How did Jesus surprise his followers?"
- Asking to be baptised, whereas John asked Jesus to baptise him
- Underwent massive temptation, rather than avoiding it
- Taught principles that lay behind laws, rather than the laws themselves
- Told people that the Kingdom of God was within, rather than in rules or politics
- Showed God as Father more than as King or Judge
- Healed many of all classes
- "Even the wind and waves obey him"
- Eating rather than fasting
- Told people to keep quiet about his miracles and the insights they had, rather than seeking publicity
- Engaged with women as equals, rather than looking down on them
- Associated with those thought particularly sinful or hated
- Associated with people of Samaria
- Dignified children, rather than ignored them
- Challenged would-be followers, rather than wanting their acclamation
- Told the disciples that the grand temple would be utterly destroyed
- Rode on a donkey rather than a horse
- King of peace, not war; prince of peace, not conquering hero
- Openly criticised those who were doctrinally correct
- Openly criticised the authorities
- His criticism was on the basis of hypocrisy, not doctrine
- Washed disciples' feet
- His death was the main point of his coming (atonement), rather than an unfortunate mistake.
- Rose to life after dying.
- Established no monument or tomb by which to be remembered
Challenge: find the Scripture passages where each of these is found? And try to find Scripture passage that prophesy each. The fact that God surprises us is found in Isaiah 43:18-19.
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Compiled by Andrew Basden.
Part of his www.abxn.org pages, that open up discussion and exploration from a Christian ('xn') perspective. Written on the Amiga with Protext.
Created: 13 March 2016.