Monday, November 07, 2011

The Chaplains Corner

The Chaplains Corner

Guest blogger, Chaplain Paul, is one of the most effective chaplains in America today. He is an emergency responder to every situation.

Hey, this is the Chaplain again.

Say, do you realize that the first public appearance that Jesus ever made was at a party? Why would Jesus start his ministry that way? Didn’t they have more important things to do than party? Didn’t He have principles to teach? Wasn’t His time limited?

So why did Jesus go to the wedding? The answer; it’s found in John 2, verse 2.
“There was at a wedding feast … and Jesus and His disciples had been invited.”
Now, Jesus wasn’t invited because He was a celebrity. He wasn’t one at that time. The invitation wasn’t motivated by His miracles. He hadn’t performed any yet. So why did they invite Him?

I think it was because, they liked Him. Big deal? Yea, I think so. I think it’s significant that the common folks in a small county town enjoyed being with Jesus. I think it’s noteworthy that the Almighty didn’t act high and mighty.

The Holy One wasn’t holier-than-thou.
The One who knew it all wasn’t a know-it-all.
The One from heaven wasn’t so heavenly minded that He was no earthly good.
The One who owns all the stuff of earth never strutted it.

Jesus could have done all of these things, but he didn’t. His purpose was not to show off - but to show up. He went to great pains to be as human as the guy next door, but still sinless.

He didn’t need to study, but still went to the synagogue.
He had no need for income, but still worked in the workshop.
He had known the fellowship of angels and heard the harps of heaven, yet still went to parties thrown by tax collectors.

And upon his shoulders rested the challenge of redeeming creation, but he still took time to walk ninety dusty miles from Jericho to Cana so they could attend a wedding party. As a result, people liked him.

Oh, there were those who scorned at his claims.
They called him a blasphemer, but they never called him a braggart.
They accused him of heresy, but never of arrogance.
He was branded as a radical, but never called unapproachable.
His faith made him likable, not detestable.

Maybe you and I could learn from His example about how to interact with people?



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