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.