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July 05, 2006

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In 'stinging remarks' and 'harshness' is Jesus to be our example? In all things?

Matthew 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (KJV)

Jesus as Physician knows what medicine to apply to which wound. But how badly it stings is dependent also on the wound, not only the type of medicine applied to it. In other words, I think the harshness often is in us, not in God acting on us. "To the proud he shows himself proud."

Pray for me a sinner!

Chris,
Mark 9: Was Jesus harsh and rebuking? Or frustrated and exasperated?

"Mark 9: Was Jesus harsh and rebuking? Or frustrated and exasperated?"

Hmmmm... Ummmm... both.

;)

Mark 9: Was Jesus harsh and rebuking? Or frustrated and exasperated?"

I believe that Jesus was more frustrated with a mild rebuke. "Harsh" seems a little harsh from that encoutner but it was honest.

The important point (for me) is to realize Jesus is compassionate and yet is not afraid call sin, sin. In a day and age where political correctness reigns it is important for us to know that for God TRUTH reigns. Sometimes that truth will come in an instructional form, sometimes it comes with a rebuke and sometimes it comes with encouragement. Pro 27:6 Says faithful are the wounds of a friend... so even when it may seem HARSH it is still the best thing for us not just a release of frustration for Jesus.

I haven't like the wimp Jesus either, but I don't know if I like this one either. Jesus way of dealing with people seems largely a reflection and response to their own mannerisms. To those that are gentle, he is infact gentle. To those that are full of themselves, judgemental, pushy etc. then he is out spoken, rebuking etc. His manner changes according to the person and their need. Im pondering it, I don't see that is much more than that, expect for the he he does so vastly better than any of us.

So, what does tham mean for us in OUR ministries (and ifyou are a Christian you HAVE a ministry, starting with your own family....)?

hey Raph, if you are a Christian you have a ministry..

LYB

Seraphim

p.s. Pavel I agree with your post on how Jesus interacted with folk.

Chris,

Having just read through the gospels of John followed by Mark, I immediately thought "Mark" when I read the ending of your first paragraph. I don't think I've ever read through two gospels back to back like that, and I was surprised to see the contrast in Jesus' personality (I'm NOT saying contradiction or inconsistency). It seems so often we wanna package Him neatly, sanitarily (?) as a one-dimensional "character" rather than multi-faceted God Incarnate.

Meeting Christ through the eyes of John, I saw Truth in the form of love (John mentions it 39 times compared to Mark's seven); meeting Him through Mark, lol, I think I saw a more "human" God--there were times I almost could imagine Jesus rolling His eyes as He explained truth. It was easy to see His frustration and exasperation...which honestly, strikes a chord of reverential fear in me, as I consider the so-often wretched state of my own heart. THEN I want John's Jesus! Gimme the love!!

Nah, I'm thankful for my untameable warrior-savior, grateful that at all times He's full of grace and mercy and strength and justice.

Now that you've got me thinking about what we "needed God" to be in the 70s, 80s, 90s and at present...what will we need Him to be 10 years from now?

Gotta pick this book up.

"Now that you've got me thinking about what we "needed God" to be in the 70s, 80s, 90s and at present...what will we need Him to be 10 years from now?"

Got any ideas?

I think these varied aspects of Christ and their synthesis is expressed well in the Pantocrator of St. Catherine's of Sinai. As you look at it, cover one side of the face and then the other.

I think "mean" is the wrong word. Mean implies that you are doing or saying something with a negative intention.

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