This was a different kind of a weekend at Quest. We were in challenging territory as we took a ‘no-holds-barred’ look at the real Jesus – the One who always stirred things up.
Jesus was not just a kind, gentle, compassionate, moral teacher. He was not very well liked. He was not well behaved or well received. He drew crowds, but He also repelled them. By the end of His life, He was not overly popular or even very successful by the world’s standards…few followed Him. Fewer still stood by Him.
He was not predictable, safe, or manageable. Jesus was far more like His cousin John-the-Baptist than like the religious leaders of His day. A wild-man rather than a comfortable cleric. If you look up the word polarizing in the dictionary, it says it is something that causes opposing points of view…then it shows Jesus’ picture. He always kept things on edge.
If you encountered the real Jesus, I’m not sure you’d want Him in your life groups or in your homes. I’m not sure you’d want to hire Him or want Him in the seat next to you when you’re worshiping. Jesus was raw. Jesus was polarizing. THEN & NOW.
When Simeon encountered Him as a baby 2000 years ago, he said this about Jesus, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but He will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose Him. As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35)
Jesus always stirred it up, and it’s been said that it’s often in the places we’re stirred up that we experience the most spiritual transformation. I think that’s true. I encourage you to spend some time here.
Jesus dismissed the spiritual gray in the world. He turned the lights on and evicted the haze of spiritual confusion. He was crystal clear in every conversation, in every encounter. He is God’s dividing line of clarity in the world.