I have written many posts under the heading of Jesus’ Example. So much of what Jesus did during his earthly ministry was to give us the examples to follow. After washing the disciples feet, he actually told them it was an example and they were to do the same. It was a dramatic demonstration of humility and service to one another. We are commanded to imitate Christ by doing the things he did. It should go without saying that must study his words and actions so that we can model our actions after his. Continue reading
In his first sermon (Mark 1) Jesus offers a simple message: “Repent and believe the gospel.” As he hangs on the cross some 3 years later, what is Jesus doing? We have only a handful of words spoken by Jesus during the crucifixion, but there are some powerful lessons to be shared in them.
As he hangs on the cross, he was in between two thieves. One of them mocked Jesus, but the other asked to be remembered by him. Jesus replied that he would be with him in paradise. Even while dying on the cross, Jesus won a convert!
But even more amazing: Jesus said the prayer of intercession for the very people crucifying him that day. Not just of the Roman soldiers, but for those really responsible, including the Jewish people, the priests and the Sanhedrin. “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” He prayed for the very people taking his life. Taking the form of a servant is one thing. Washing feet is another. Praying for those that despitefully use you is another entirely. But none of those compare to asking forgiveness for the very people that are nailing you to a cross, where you will slowly bleed and die.
What is Jesus Shaped Spirituality? That is precisely the question that the InternetMonk tried to answer earlier this week. In short, it is about making sure that our Christianity is modeled after the teachings and examples given to us by the Jesus of the Bible.
If you’re a regular at this site, you know that I have written several posts on the examples given by Jesus. Click “Jesus’ Examples” in the Categories list at right for a complete listing. Each post is a specific lesson (or lessons) that we are to learn from something Jesus did himself, and in many cases encouraged his followers to go on doing. Jesus didn’t lecture on how to be a Christian; he went around ministering to people’s needs and told his followers to keep doing the same things they had witnessed him doing.
iMonk explains what a Jesus Shaped Spirituality looks like when we read the Scriptures and are challenged to conform to the image of Christ. It’s not about denomination, emerging or church tradition. It’s about each of us taking up our cross and following Jesus Christ. Check it out.
Jesus gave many different analogies of what the Kingdom of God is like. In Matthew 25 we read the parable of the talents. After he finishes this parable, he goes on to describe the final judgement. Earlier in chp. 25 is the parable of the wise and foolish virgins, which teaches us to always be prepared. We do not know the day and hour of his return; but he will return. The parable of the talents is a lesson to believers to take good care of what has been entrusted to them. Continue reading