Posts Tagged ‘Jester’


John 7:1-10
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus’ brothers said to him, “You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” For even his own brothers did not believe in him. Therefore Jesus told them, “The right time for me has not yet come; for you any time is right. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. You go to the Feast. I am not yeta going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.” Having said this, he stayed in Galilee. However, after his brothers had left for the Feast, he went also, not publicly, but in secret.

After the miraculous conversion of water to wine as requested by his mother Mary, Jesus is now forced to go to the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles in Judea by his own brothers. This is the 2nd record of him being forced into doing something that he felt not led to as his time had not yet come. However, again Jesus goes to Judea and ministers to the people there but at the cost of nearly loosing his life. What is the issue Jesus has with going out and showing himself as the messiah? Why are his family finding it difficult to believe in him? What in all this is the Lord saying to us??

It is obvious that at the time, Jesus’s brothers did not believe him or his claim that he was the son of God. They were trying to test him and thought he was holding back because he was not sure. However, for Jesus, things were not the same. His intention was not to have the world make a mockery and spectacle of him. He came to save the lost and not entertain the crowds. He knew his time was short because his ministry was not going to something the world loved but hated because he came to show the world how desperately their situation was and how he was the only hope for them. In our lives, what are we seeking from Jesus? Are we looking for a miracle worker, a wise man who can give us good counsel, a famous personality we can associate with or are we seeking to find hope in a hopeless world? Jesus wants to help only those who want help and I hope this morning, you are woken up to this fact that the messiah is here and waiting for you to put your trust in him completely.

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Beachside Beggar


Luke 23:8-12
When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform some miracle. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. The chief priests and the teachers of the law were standing there, vehemently accusing him. Then Herod and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked him. Dressing him in an elegant robe, they sent him back to Pilate. That day Herod and Pilate became friends—before this they had been enemies.

Jesus is and was always highly regarded for his magical powers, at least to the unbelievers. There have been many who have been compared but none that equalled him like Houdini, Blaine, P.C. Sorkar, etc. For an unbeliever like Herod, Jesus was merely a court jester of sorts because he was hoping to be amused by him. In his seat of power, he felt no one could cause him any harm, even if that person were to call himself the Son of God! What was even more interesting was that he considered this gesture of Pilate sufficient to consider him a friend rather than a foe because Pilate was showing him the respect due. Is it not amazing that we see people in very different lights through the suffering of our Lord?

As a Christian, I have had the opportunity to see many Churches around the world and meet many people of varying beliefs and I have found it interesting that to some, believing in Christ was because of a miracle they witnessed in their own lives. However, it is worrying that this would be sufficient for them to base their faith in God because with God, we are called to believe not only in his works but to submit to his entire being and to follow him to the cross. Jesus offers us a way to be with him in heaven but the path is treacherous and the end might be painful. Jesus does not offer us a bed of roses for a life where he becomes a genie. I hope that you see Christ from the foot of the cross, much like the other criminal who was crucified with Christ and said that he was being punished justly whereas Jesus was not. Are you fully submitted and do you realize what your commitment to Christ means?

In His Loving Service,
Vineet

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Aboriginal Fishermen