I have tattoos…yes plural. I recently got a new one and some of my high school friends, who have recently reconnected with me through Facebook, were shocked.
“Never thought of you with tattoos,” was one comment. I was in a meeting with some older ladies that I had just met and they asked me what I did to celebrate my 50th birthday, if I had “painted the town red”. I said no, just got another tattoo. You should have seen their faces! I don’t really look the part of being someone that would be “inked”. Especially since I didn’t start until I was in my late 40′s. My husband still shakes his head at me, not fully understanding why I’ve gone this route and not fully approving of it.
Do you have family or friends that you know in certain circumstances and then suddenly you see them do something out of character, or at least out of the character that you know about them? It’s hard to wrap your mind around this new person you see and you aren’t quiet sure you are ready or willing to see them any way other than the way you have always seen them, even if that wasn’t an accurate view, or maybe it would be better to say…it wasn’t a complete view.
What do you do with this new information? Do you allow your perception of your family or friend to change or do you force them to remain the person you’ve always known them to be?
Sometimes we do that with Jesus, seeing Him only a certain way, only as the Sunday School pastel drawing or the stained glass version floating somewhere above us. It’s time to let Jesus out of the box that we’ve put Him into….or if you are a Dr. Who fan….it’s time to realize that the box is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside and there are a whole lot of places inside that box that we’ve never even thought about discovering.
My former pastor’s son, Mike Hammer, did this drawing of Jesus, One with the Father. I love the look on Jesus’ face, He is literally enjoying life. Most pictures portray Him as somber and during moments of distress, which are accurate portrayals, they just aren’t the only ones.
Using the book by John Eldredge, Beautiful Outlaw, I’m been leading my adults Sunday School ladies class to look differently at the Jesus we think we know.
Over the past few weeks, we have looked at the following personality traits of Jesus:
- Playful – Matthew 17:24-17, John 21:1-12
- Fierce Intention – John 2:12-17
- Human – John 1:14, Hebrews 2:14, Philippians 2:7-8, John 12:27
- Extravagantly Generous – John 2:1-4
- Disruptive Honesty – Luke 11:37, Mark 7:1-13
- Scandalous Freedom – Matthew 8:1-3
My class asked me to do some handouts with the study since not everyone has a book and while there is actually a DVD study to go along with the book with a listening guide, our class is not using that and I do have a tendency to use the book more of a guide through this study. Below is the handout I’ll be using today.
Today, we’ll look at the freedom of Jesus, the freedom He had and the freedom He has given us.
List some things that you can’t do, now that you are a follower of Christ:
List some things that you should be doing, now that you are a follower of Christ:
Based on Matthew 8:1-3, what was Jesus willing to do? ___________________________________________________
Based on what we know of Jesus, what was He willing to do for everyone? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
What if we had to go around, shouting our sin for everyone to hear and see (based on Leviticus 13:45)? What are some sins that you would have to shout to the world if it were not for Jesus touching you?
Who are some people in the world, that you may or may not see on a daily basis, that need a human touch? How can you “touch” them?
Jesus was willing to follow the spirit of the law but not always the letter of the law. From Matthew 12:1-8, what was Jesus doing instead of what the law of Exodus 35:2 commanded He should be doing?________________________________________________
Jesus came so that we might have:
- Abundant life – John 10:10
- Be set free – John 8:32
- Carry a light burden – Matthew 11:30
What personality trait, so far, has been the hardest to accept about Jesus?_______________________________________
What personality trait that we have studied has been the most eye-opening for you? _________________________________
For me, seeing Jesus as completely human has been the most eye-opening for me and it caused the most shock in our class. Sometimes we just aren’t ready to see Jesus just like us in every way. But He was, the only difference being He chose not to sin, He couldn’t sin. He became human to show us how we are suppose to be like Him, not for Him to become like us. He is the perfect example of what a being human is suppose to be and by becoming human He showed that we can become like Him and do great things just like He did.
I haven’t walked on water…yet…but that may be simply because I don’t have enough faith and I’m not keeping my eyes on Him. However, I have made supper when everyone else said there was “nothing” in the house to eat. I call that a miracle.