Here is another one of those cleverly coined, “religiously” repeated, proverbial expressions by Christians that has surfaced over the years. What Would Jesus Do. It is probably patented and has also made someone a lot of money with the wrist bands and coffee cups and cards and stickers. But the truth is, we really can’t always be sure what Jesus would do in any given situation unless we have secured a direct line to his heavenly Father; our heavenly Father. I am sure I will shock a few people when I say that Jesus didn’t always do the right thing in the eyes of everyone. He did the will of His Father.
Most of us in and out of the church have heard the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead. But did you know that Jesus waited 2 days before even visiting his dear friend on his sick bed. The bible says Jesus knew his friend was going to die. What could Jesus have possibly been thinking by waiting 2 days. And then to find out, by all apparent reasons, he did it on purpose. Why? It must have just pained Jesus to wait those 2 days. I don’t know for sure what Jesus was feeling. Yes he is the son of God but he came to earth as a human. With human emotions and feelings. But he had to be about his Fathers business. The humanness of Jesus would have made him want to react right away; not wait. “ I got to go, I got to go now. Lazarus needs me”. But Jesus was always about being obedient to his Father’s timing. He listened and he waited 2 days. And Lazarus died. And Jesus wept. And Jesus prayed and asked to have Lazarus back. And then God did what only he can do. He stepped in, took control of the situation and raised Lazarus from the dead. Why was Jesus meant to wait? To show that only God can conquer death. Have no doubt about it. God is always in control even when all appearances seem contrary.
It is possible to experience many deaths in our lifetime. Not just the death of a loved one or our own death. Some may experience the death of a marriage, or the death of a job they have had for years or a pet they loved or a business they once owned. Death is never easy no matter what shape it takes. But with the teachings of Jesus we have the hope there is always life after death.
And Jesus got angry; violently angry for the right reasons. He didn’t kill anyone. But I am sure he screamed at them when he saw what they were doing outside the temple. He was that angry. He didn’t physically hurt anyone but he overturned the tables of the money changers outside a house of worship because they turned his Father’s house of prayer into an establishment for financial gain. A religious establishment where people should have been able to go freely and worship freely was charging for temple services. He never went into people’s homes or eating establishments or gatherings spouting condemnations. But he would never have watered down the truth of his message of salvation either. Nor did he stand barking condemnations behind a picket line to where mourners were burying their dead. He ate with them. And joked with them. And got to know them for who they were. And healed them. He loved them. And he was much harder on the religious establishments of his day then he would have ever been on those who had lost their way.
And I repeat. Jesus didn’t always do the right thing in the eyes of everyone, he did the will of his Father. That was his only desire. And he is still working his Father’s will in each of us today.