Jesus Christ was a rebel.
In reading through the Bible, I find three places where he defied what people thought He was “supposed” to do.
When Jesus was twelve years old, he skipped out on going home to Nazareth after His parents brought Him to celebrate Passover in Jerusalem. They looked for three days to find Him.
Later in His life, He was at the temple again, and instead of worshiping and singing hymns, He made a whip out of what was available and started beating up on some businessmen.
Right at the end of His life, he prayed to His Heavenly Father, saying that He didn’t want to do what was next.
Rebellion, pure and simple. And the events are true – but they are also a lie, because they don’t tell the whole truth. They don’t go far enough. They don’t include the spiritual. Let’s look at these events from a spiritual perspective.
As a boy at the temple, Jesus wasn’t being disobedient – He was being obedient to His Heavenly Father. He told His earthly parents “Didn’t you know I had to be about My Father’s business?”.
At the temple, when he drove out the money changers and sellers of sacrificial animals, He said “Get your things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a shopping mall!” And the disciples remembered the scripture “Zeal for Your house consumes Me”.
And there, at the end of His life, He did ask for that cup to be taken away from Him – and He continued, “not My will, but Thine be done”.
Jesus was not rebelling. Jesus was being obedient to His Heavenly Father – and that led to His death and resurrection. That’s what we are remembering now, with the wafer and the juice, which all Christians are invited to partake in. Let’s pray.
Lord God, Jesus didn’t do anything at all that was outside of Your will. We have all sinned and fall short of Your glory. With Jesus’ sacrificial death, the price for those sins has been paid. Jesus’ body and blood, represented by the elements of communion, are the price of obedience. That infinite cost, that priceless gift for us – thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(communion meditation from November 20, 2016)