I Want to See

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Agnus Day appears with the permission of www.agnusday.org

 

Job 42:1-6, 10-17

Psalm 34:1-8, (19-22)

Hebrews 7:23-28

Mark 10:46-52

 

Bartimaeus, the blind beggar, knew what he wanted. He also knew who had the power to give it to him. When the crowd of people, all calling on Jesus, came near, Bartimaeus shouted for mercy. Jesus did not touch him; he simply said, “Go, your faith has healed you.” NIV

If we follow Jesus, wasting our time trying to figure out how he heals the sick, we are going to be frustrated; he never seems to do it the same way any two times. Faith is often mentioned, but not always. We are two often like paying customers at a magic show watching a tiger disappear and then trying to figure out how he did it.

Magic is always a trick and Jesus did not do tricks. Nor did he heal people. Yes, I wrote that. God heals people. Why do we give Jesus the credit? Peter and John and all the boys healed people. Why do we not give them credit?

On the one hand, we are too free with the association of Jesus with God. Because of the fundamental belief in the Trinity, we are often guilty of assuming that Jesus was God. I am not rejecting the triune nature of God, only that Jesus was God. Jesus was fully human from conception to death. Only after Easter was he able to assume his rightful role in the Kingdom of God.

Many Gnostics have speculated as to what tricks God may have played to pull off the resurrection. Variations of a fake body have dominated their thinking. God controlled a human to make him seem to be the Messiah and then let his body be killed. Or the Messiah really was living on earth, but a look-alike was taken to the cross. Etc. (Many of the same arguments have been spread in our times regarding the deaths of Kennedy and Oswald, not to mention the aliens living in Area 51.)

Does that mean Jesus had no powers? Absolutely not. Remember that God speaks to us through his Holy Spirit. His Spirit whispers through that then membrane to our souls that we are usually too busy to pay attention to. His Son, the man Jesus, being a king as the son of David and being a priest in the lineage of Melchizedek, that man who committed no sin, God’s particular human son became our High Priest, a role he still holds in God’s Kingdom.

Writing around 400 AD, Theodore of Mopsuestia, speaking of the author of Hebrews, wrote, He says that it shows the difference between Christ and Aaron in that Christ received the priesthood with an oath. For those who became priests without oaths became so because of their need to cease being priests at some time, but Christ entered the priesthood with oaths, since he intended to remain based on his rank. He shows his rank is far greater than those under the law, since he intended also to furnish a greater high priest to those coming to him. For in this way he says he becomes “a surety” … for being the first to rise, just as he also calls him a “high priest,” so he pledges to us a similar resurrectionACCS

Jesus the Messiah is busy in the Temple in Jerusalem in the Kingdom of God, making sure that our sins are erased and our white robes are ready. Nearly 200 years earlier, Origen wrote, Jesus my Lord abstains from weeping when he approaches the Father, when he stands at the altar and offers a propitiatory sacrifice for us. This is not to drink the wine of joy “when he ascends to the altar” because his is still bearing the bitterness of our sins. He, therefore, does not want to be the only one to drink wine “in the kingdom” of God. He waits for us, just as he said, “Until I shall drink it with you.” ACCS

If I want to see, I must look at how Jesus lived and how he died. He did both for his fellow humans.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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