Five, Count'em, FIVE
Things I like about Jesus, that is.
Lee Saunders tagged me with this Five-meme thing, and while I don't tag other people since they're already electronically bruised from all the other tags, I'll note some things I dig about Jesus:
1) Jesus was not Pentecostal. Not that I have anything against Pentecostals, but He didn't do so much of the stuff I hear them doing. He just did His job in what seems to be a low-key sort of way. He didn't raise His voice or shout or carry on, that I can tell. When He wanted demons to leave someone, He just told them to go. And they did.
2) He seems to have gone to some funerals but they weren't funerals when He left.
3) He simply did the right thing all the time, every time. Now this one causes us some real apoplexy in a couple areas. One is that we think He got mad when He chased the merchants out of the temple, but I don't think He did. See ... we look at ourselves and could not see US doing that unless we really blew our stack at the malefactors. We're too proper to do that. Well, He wasn't hindered by that and simply did what was right. Always.
**Edit** Let me wax on a bit about that. When a useless brother-in-law asks us for money, the normal response might be "I can't". Even if we can! We know we won't get the money back so we make up some lame excuse. Or how about we say "God can't save you if you won't trust in Jesus...." or "God can't bless you if you aren't serving Him". My answer to that is always that God can do ANYTHING He wants to do. Period. Jesus is the only way to salvation because God says He is. And that means God WILL NOT save you any other way. Oh, He could instantly change every Bible ever printed, every man's recollection of scripture, and do anything He wanted to. Evidence is He won't. So in the meantime all we can do and know is what He's told us. And the Bible is it. But don't think that how God has said He works is the only way He CAN work.
He can do anything.
**Stepping off soapbox**
4) He did outrageous stuff. So bad that we try to sanitize things to make them more socially acceptable. Take for instance the wedding feast at Cana. We want to say it was grape juice He made, or so low in alcohol that no one would get drunk. Well, that's conjecture that goes outside the Bible for support, and where does it EVER say we should do that? In fact, the head of the servants came to Him after He'd whipped up that batch and said something like "Hey ... what gives? Usually they set out the good wine early, and then, when the guests have had too much to drink, they bring out the cheap stuff. You did it backwards!" That plainly indicates that the guests would be expected to be unable to tell the difference. HellOOOO.......
He also spit on a guy's TONGUE to cure his muteness. Now, when He spit on the guy's eyes, or when He made mud out of spit and put it in the guys eyes, they were blind and couldn't see what He'd done. The mute guy He healed, wasn't. He saw it coming! So we go outside the Bible and try to say they believed in mystical powers of saliva or something. That doesn't get it, for me. I prefer to think God meant what He said when He told us about what He liked to do with what man thought was foolish or base.
5) Last, I love that Jesus loves me. And it's not like a rock star on a stage yelling at the audience. It's up close and personal. It's a pity that we settle for less than a real-life experience of that.
It's axiomatic that, when you settle for less than you could have had, you'll probably get less than you settled for. I don't want any part of that, in my spiritual life.