Yesterday’s title was “Getting the right Jesus.” This is a little different. Having the right Jesus is one thing. “Getting Jesus right” is something else. It’s all about keeping Jesus in His image, not making Him into ours. This is one of the greatest temptations in following Christ — Making Jesus in our image.
Remember the “What Would Jesus Do?” movement?
What Would Jesus Do?” was mostly about what do I think He would do, but how do I know? That becomes pretty quickly what do I want Him to do. It’s almost impossible to put Jesus into the context of our current society and try and guess what He would do. Would Jesus wear a mask? Would Jesus march in a Black Lives Matter protest march? Would He be a Republican or a Democrat? Would He go to the theater? Would He watch TV? Would He go to church? If so, which one? Would He go into a bar? I’m afraid most of our answers to these questions would be in terms of what we would do, not what Jesus would do, because we don’t have a clue what Jesus would do in these circumstances, and besides, that’s not the point. The point is: What does He want us to do?
Here’s how we should look at this instead. What did Jesus actually do when He was here? What did Jesus actually say when He was here? And based on our understanding of that, what shall we do now? That’s much closer to following Jesus than trying to guess what He would do when we’ve taken Him completely out of context to His life on earth. Based on “Getting Jesus right” in terms of His words and His actions, what should we do? That is the question.
Should you want to look into this more deeply, I highly recommend our study in Spring, 2018, on the red letters of Jesus. It’s a way of getting more familiar with the things Jesus did and said. If you go to our website <www.catchjohnfischer.com> and type in “Red Letter Review” in the search bar in the upper right corner, you will be at the first of 36 Catches on the words of Jesus. When you’ve read the first Catch (April 12, 2018) you will find the title to the next Catch also in the upper right corner. By clicking on the next Catch, you can work your way through all of them. We will be compiling them all into one document soon, but you do not have to wait for that. Those 36 Catches will go a long way towards getting Jesus right. We follow a Jesus who is in His own image, not ours.