In Matthew 13:53-58 we see Jesus in his home town of Nazareth. You’d think he’d be a hometown hero, like the Cubs returning from their World Series win. Instead, Jesus was pushed aside. It wasn’t that his miracles weren’t impressive or his preaching compelling. In fact, the people were blown away by both. But it lasted a nano second. What got them was he was unimpressive. They expected Messiah to be a conquering hero and a royal king. A man in authority that would delegate others to do his bidding. Jesus, on the other hand, didn’t put on airs. He wasn’t handsome or strapping. He looked, talked, and acted just like any other man in town. But in the people’s mind, Messiah could not be ordinary. He would fight their enemies, restore Israel, and set up shop as royalty on the throne. But the opposite happened. Jesus was ridiculed, rejected and ignored. Just like the prophets. Why? Because he got down and dirty with them. He was a man. He ate, slept, bathed, worked, probably changed diapers, cooked, swept the house. He did this in order to redeem us in all our weaknesses, including death.
Jesus is the only Savior God has sent. There is no other.
The longing for glory still awaits us. The impressive. The lavish. The aha. All of that is ours in the new heavens and the new earth.
Until then, as his followers, we get down and dirty like he did. In worshiping God and loving our neighbors.
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4 thoughts on “Down and Dirty”
Thanks, Carolyne. Expertly phrased, that He was indeed our “down and dirty” Savior while on this earth, One that even now meets humanity where we are, a Messiah who is approachable, trustworthy, humble, and gracious. We are called to be likewise. You nailed it, as always!
Righton, Carolyne! And, believe it or not, I’m finally reading Blue Like Jazz, another down & dirty description of our Savior!
Thank you for your clarity about Him. Always refreshing to read messychristians.
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