“Taking Care Of All The Things That Jesus Missed”

So what do you think? Would you agree that there are some things that Jesus just never got around to doing? Like maybe when He was arrested and crucified, maybe that happened too soon, or maybe that wasn’t supposed to happen at all?

I have to say, this is sometimes confusing to me. (Although I am not agreeing with Laura who thinks Jesus was just not organized enough and would leave something done half-way!) The part that is confusing to me is that on one hand, the Gospels present Jesus as the Messiah, the King, the Son Of God, the Son Of Man. Yet on the other hand, the Gospels show Him steadily journeying onward to Jerusalem to be crucified, no matter what.

Here’s what I mean. We see people figuring out who He is, but then he tells them not to tell anyone! He talks about God’s Kingdom being among them, and then when they want to make Him king, He moves away and departs!

For me, there is a feeling of “This can go only one way” and “This can go either way” both at the same time. It is a careful balance between “He was born to reign” and “He was born to die.” It’s a lot like some other possible careful balances such as “Arminianism and Calvinism” or “salvation by works and salvation by faith” or “God is one and God is triune.”

Yet we know that Jesus said He accomplished all that He came to accomplish.

“I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do.” John 17:4 (NASB)

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30 (NASB)

So I’m left wondering if perhaps we don’t sometimes act in ways that come across unintentionally as “finishing up the things that Jesus never got around to doing.”

While we may not be so bold as Laura who is practically saying, “I’d have to give Jesus a C+ in Messiah 101,” do we instead tend to blame others like “the lost” for what is still a very messy world? Do we ever act like the classic cartoon character El Kabong (QuickDraw McGraw)? (Wow! Thinking about a “Kabongin’ Frenzy” takes me back!)

What does a life look like that silently proclaims “Jesus glorified Our Father and did all that He was given to do”? I’m unsure if I have the answer to that question, even in part, but it’s an answer worth pursuing.

10 thoughts on ““Taking Care Of All The Things That Jesus Missed”

    1. If it helps..neither do I! However I think the eventual message will be “Don’t ever count someone as hopelessly lost.” In Luke 15 all of the parables about “lost” items use the word “lost” quite differently from the way Laura is using it. Jesus used it to mean “loved, wanted, valued.” That’s where I think this is going. Will need to wait and see myself!

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  1. Yeah, lots of thoughts in there brother – perhaps looking at the one incident where the people want to make Him King woud be helpful. When Jesus feeds the 5000 and they want to make Him King, Jesus gets out of there quickly to avoid them. It seems to make no sense as He is King and you think that people are finally getting it. The problem is that they want to make Him King because He has fed their bellies, He has done something they like and they want a King who will give them more stuff and keep their bellies full. They have not understood who Jesus is or why He is there. They would be content with full bellies and Israel as the center of the world, Jesus is laser focused on the eternal, setting them free from their sins on th Cross.

    Even now, as a church we often get the eternal and the profane perspective confused and expend all of our efforts and our worry on what is going on in the world – we want fully bellies and peace and even we want to fix inequality or injustice, good things btw, but that was never Jesus point and it should not be ours. Go therefore and make disciples is our command unttil Jesus comes back and sets everything that is out of order back in order. That is His job, not ours.

    When Jesus says It is finished on the Cross He meant very clearly His mission was complete – suffering servant the fist coming, conquering king the second.

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    1. Yes, I’ll agree, there is a lot going on in this graphic today! To me it’s interesting how then and now people want Jesus to conform to their mental image of who they want Him to be. He can only be exactly who He is, whether we like it or not!

      And just as you said, the rest of the work is now ours to do, baptizing as believers and discipline as followers. (Though hopefully without any “kabonging” unless absolutely necessary!)

      Although I’m not totally sure where the followup graphic will lead me, those points that you have shared are sure to fit into the mix somehow. That’s what I like most about comments such as yours. They help me to better see how a post is being received and then I have something to go on for the next step.

      One more thing to thank you for is that along with some of the other pairs that people (including myself) may have a hard time grasping (like “coming to reign” and “coming to die”) is the one you have included in your comment: “Suffering Servant” and “Conquering King.” To me, there has to be a balance of these two as well.

      Thanks again for reading and adding your insightful comment!

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    1. Yes, I agree. “Hopelessly Lost” is not a good way of labeling people, unless they label themselves that way and in the past tense (before embracing Jesus). I’ve met many people who would be considered “Hopelessly Lost” and have labeled themselves that way, yet have faith stories that bring tears to my eyes. And you’re right, many of us, myself included, have thought we could tell when someone was beyond help.

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  2. Sometimes it makes you wonder what more Jesus could have done had people decided to listen to his message and chosen to let him live as a prophet among them.
    I wonder “What could Martin Luther King, Jr. have accomplished were he not murdered?” He had challenged an unfair institution and implored a nation of Christians to re-examine how they interpret the Bible – which isn’t that dissimilar to what Jesus did; but it makes you wonder how much more he could have done had things been different.
    Can you imagine a world where Jesus might have brought the Pharisees around to his way of thinking, where people learned that that faith wasn’t about sacrifice and rules but belief and mercy and compassion? Where Christianity had the support of wise and wealthy patrons who weren’t afraid of the might of Rome? What might have played out if Jesus himself had been taken before Caesar and laid down the foundations of his teachings? Could he have prevented the destruction of the temple as well as the wars and loss of life in the decades to come? Could he have turned slavery inside out or put it to an end? Could he have established a peaceful religion with his own original writings that are uncontestable?

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  3. Many times Go protected Jesus from murderous crowds because it says, “His time ha not yet come.” Then, at that last Passover feast, Jesus said, “The time has come…”

    I think our Father chose the Passover because it was a feast most Jews tried to attend in Jerusalem. There were Jews gathered from all over the world who would hear about what happened to Jesus. They would have felt the great darkness that came over the land and seen the temple curtain torn in half.

    Why God chose that year, I don’t know, but I don’t believe God is ever early or late. Jesus had finished his work for us.

    Did God plan for a crucifixion? My opinion – no. I think Jesus would have lain on the alter and asked the High Priest to slay him like a lamb, if the leaders of the church had believed in him.

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    1. Thanks, Belle. Your last paragraph presents a very interesting possibility that I had never considered. It reminds me of Abraham and Isaac for some reason, perhaps because Isaac seemed so willing to lay down on the altar that Abraham had built. Thanks for sharing that additional thought for consideration!

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