Friday, April 13, 2012

Skipping The Coronation

(My apologies for the prolonged absence from the blog...I do this in my spare time with my leftover energy, both of which have been in short supply of late.)


Meandering through the riches of the Gospel of John.  Chapter six of John's story relates two of Jesus' most famous miracles.  First, he feeds a whole mess of people with a couple of fish and a few pieces of bread.  Then, he walks on water.  Some folks who experienced these amazing events firsthand are convinced that Jesus truly is the Son of God (and later, Jesus tears into others for seeing these miracles and not believing).  Sandwiched between these two never-to-be-forgotten miracles, we have a bland little sentence which, after a bit of reflection, strikes me as not so bland:

Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, 
withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

They're going to make him king, and he'll have none of it.  In the prologue to the film, The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien's words are paraphrased as follows:

Nine rings were given to the race of men, who above all else desire power.  

Jesus, by this time was a very public figure.  Public figures, at least those from the race of men, do not walk away from being made king.

Multiplying food and walking on liquid convinced some that Jesus was not purely from the race of men, that he was indeed God with us.  Having the laws of nature bend to his whim is proof positive of Jesus' deity...but so is this stunning display of incorruptibility.

I wonder how many humble and passionate followers of Jesus have wandered from the narrow way when the crowd has made them king.  For those of us involved full time in Christian work the almost absolute rule is to say yes to any and every opportunity for upward mobility.  Our Master's example ought to at least make us pause...and maybe even occasionally slip away and skip the coronation.


Pamela Dumas said...

Thanks, Nate. Another example of how God's ways are not our ways. The ways of the world tell us to always take the promotion; bigger is better; he who dies with the most toys wins. God says Love your neighbor as yourself; give up to gain; set my heart and mind on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. All of these go against the grain of our culture but are a must to be 'all in' as a follower of Christ.

about the long and winding road... said...

I think we are all involved in full time work if we are Christians. We are all called to Christian work...if that is a refinery, farm, school, home matter geography or how we get paid. To follow your thought...maybe too many "christian full-time workers" build kingdomes for that very reason... Having been raised on the mission field...the credo of a better/best calling than those who stay behind is detrimental to all of our callings to deny ourselves, take up our crosses no matter the geography or occupation.

grsmouse said...

My first thought was, "I wish I had written that!"
What a blessing!!! I hope I can I will have grace to wait for the final coronation. Hey, at 87 I might not have long to wait!

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