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Several posts ago I had promised to share this with you since it’s referenced in “Raspberry Bombe vs. Miracle Pie.” This is the Reboot Version of one of the very first Laura comic strips titled “People We Don’t Like.” In a way, it’s what you might call “Classic Laura Wilson” because it shows a side of myself that is unpleasant to view. The commentary that follows has been updated only slightly from the original. Interestingly, Sunday’s homily was based on Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 and was about how we are not the ones who do the sorting!
So what do you think? Why not start your very own list of people you don’t like, don’t want to have in church, and don’t want to spend eternity with?
Well, for one thing, it doesn’t sound very much like something Jesus Himself would do, does it?
Yet I think that if we would be honest with ourselves, there have been times when we have thought, “I really don’t want to have to see that person in heaven. I’m not sure I could handle it if we lived next door to each other in heaven for all eternity.”
Crazy thoughts, right?
And yet the very same people that we might want to exclude from church now and heaven in the future may be the very same people who avoid anything related to Jesus because of how they perceive us. That is extremely concerning to me. The only group that Jesus ever called out specifically with a warning were religious hypocrites.
But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 (KJV)
My list just has one item on it right now, and it’s a “thing,” not a person or group of people: any remnants of a self-righteous and exclusionary attitude in my own heart.
It really sounds like the cable television station is more concerned with Laura’s recipes instead of her lists! Hmm…makes me wonder what kind of cable station it is!
Here’s what Laura means when she says that an amazing thing happens when you put the middle item from “The Seven Titles of Jesus” list next to the middle item from “The Seven ‘I Am’ Statements Of Jesus” list.
The middle item from “The Seven Titles of Jesus” is “The Lamb Of God” (John 1:29, 36). The middle item from “The Seven ‘I Am’ Statements Of Jesus” is “The Good Shepherd” (John 10:11).
Is this just a coincidence or planned by John, the Gospel’s writer? Or perhaps designed by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? For me, I’m unsure. I just know that it’s fascinating to me that Jesus is both Lamb and Shepherd. To me, it speaks to the dual nature of Jesus as both Man and God.
For some these dualities may be confusing, and there are some who would be much more comfortable saying, “Look, Jesus. Pick one, just one, and stick with it.” But if all of who Jesus is was fully comprehensible in this present life, then would He still inspire our worship so greatly? What I do not completely comprehend but find abundantly full of love inspires my worship! How about for you?!?
Ah, the weekend! And everything is in full beautiful color! Say, had you noticed the change? That’s part of the “Reboot” to make what’s here compatible with what’s on the Patreon page. Monday through Friday are in the classic style, while the weekend postings are in color! (It’s sort of like getting color comics in the Sunday funny papers, but with Saturday thrown in as a bonus!)
Just between you and me, I have a feeling there could be a major food fight in the television studio! But now we know why Laura’s comic strip has changed some over the last few weeks and what that “call in for the recipe” message is all about! This should definitely open up some new possibilities, and maybe even allow her to purchase her very own brand new automatic dish washing machine!
While it truly does seem that her heart and her listmaking have changed for the better, I do wonder if Bradley Martin, “Lloyd Servant, Your Servant Of The Lloyd” might eventually bring out the worst in her again. Time will tell, but I have a feeling she won’t let us down!
Laura’s List will be published later today! Two Laura comic strips in one day? For the second Saturday in a row?!? Go Team Laura!
For new readers, “The Lloyd Servant Show” has been a popular comic strip with a storyline that grew into a full comic book. This will be made available through Patreon so that anyone who wants to can catch up on “Chapter One: The Miraculous Multiplying Pie” before we launch fully into Chapter Two!
John Chapter One is amazing. It’s a chapter to read again and again and in which to always find something new. I had read it many times before coming across this list in a book somewhere. Now I can’t read this chapter without thinking of these seven titles for Jesus.
Seven Titles For Jesus In John Chapter 1
(1) “The Word” John 1:1
(2) “The Light” John 1:7-9
(3) “The Son Of God” John 1:18, 24, 49
(4) “The Lamb Of God” John 1:29, 36
(5) “Rabbi (Master, Teacher)” John 1:38, 49
(6) “The Messiah, The Christ” John 1:41
(7) “The King Of Israel” John 1:49
They also tie in nicely to the purpose of John’s Gospel.
Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:30-31 (KJV)
If I had to pick just two of the seven that were most essential, it would have to be “The Messiah, The Christ” and “The Son Of God” as these match John’s purpose in writing his Gospel and as a echo to Peter’s confession when questioned by Jesus, “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-20)
Still, I think that the entire list of seven is important because together they present a more full picture of who Jesus is. For examples, if we only focus on “The Word” we have the intangible while “The Lamb Of God” is very tangible and if we only focus on “Rabbi (Master, Teacher)” we see the earthly while “The Light” is spiritual.
There have been many studies done on this chapter and these seven titles, and I encourage you to explore them further. The information is too vast to fit into a single post, and it’s much more meaningful when the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus to you though God’s Written Word. (Not that I’m trying to dodge an opportunity to do a series of posts within a series of posts, but I don’t want to lose my focus – like I did earlier this week – as I’m working through “The Five BIG Questions” for the first time!)