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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Jesus as the Average Joe

What motivates you to seek Jesus? What does it mean to you to be “with him”? To be “sent out” by him? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1396).

I find it easiest to look at this question not as it relates to the Son of God, but as to an ordinary “Joe”. If I were to seek my friend Joe (whom by definition I admire) I would be looking for him either in person or in his works. That is, if Joe were a skilled painter, I might say that this work “looks just like Joe.” So when it comes to Jesus I look for his presence but also how his work is manifest in the world. If Joe were to “send me out” it would most likely be on some sort of mission to either assist him, others, or myself. My objective would be to fulfill the essence of the mission thereby inevitable complementing his mission with my understanding of it, with my talents, and with the opportunities and hindrances the world might present. As for Joe, for Jesus. To be “with Joe” means that I will support him even if we are separated in time or space. If he were a historical figure, I might seek to help accomplish his mission to the extent that I can in the way that I can during my lifetime. If Joe were someone yet to be born—say a grandchild, I might seek to leave behind any number or types of legacies. So in some ways Jesus is the average Joe in the ways and means in which he can be sought, accompanied, or served.

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