Some see Jesus in a footstool.
“From a distance you can see a figure of what looks to me to be Christ the Lord.”
Yeah, from a really long distance. And of course he’s considering a run on Ebay for the “holy” footstool with starting bids from $100,000 to $500,000. Sure.
Several prominent scholars who were interviewed in a bitterly contested documentary that suggests that Jesus and his family members were buried in a nondescript ancient Jerusalem burial cave have now revised their conclusions, including the statistician who claimed that the odds were 600:1 in favor of the tomb being the family burial cave of Jesus of Nazareth, a new study on the fallout from the popular documentary shows.
Actually it’s not all that hard to debase. Jesus’ family was poor and lived in Nazareth. How would they get the cash to buy a family tomb in the close environs of Jerusalem? Not to mention that something like 25% of the women in that day were named Mary (Miriam). Good grief, just look at the gospel accounts and there’s a whole stack of them. See The Pulpit blog for more on the “lost tomb” of a different Jesus.
The plain fact is that people are going to see Jesus where they want to see him as long as it isn’t as the Almighty Lord of the universe to whom all authority is given.
In Hebrews 2:9 the writer states:
“But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. “
We do not see Jesus any longer with the corrupt eye of the flesh but rather with the eyes of faith and history. Faith being the assurance of things not seen and history being the record of what was seen. The gospel writers clearly portray a living Jesus who walked the earth as a humble carpenter from Galilee. This carpenter however was not merely a man but was in fact the Son of God.
To be the son of means to exibit all the character and qualities of. I am the son of my earthly father. In my appearance I bear his eyes and other of his physical characteristics. But that is not what is meant when my sister watched me walking towards her through the airport and proclaimed something to the effect of, “I thought you were dad!” It wasn’t just my eyes, but also my mannerisms which have been learned over a life time which spoke volumes about my connection with my father of flesh and blood. Jesus – the son of God bears no mere physical resemblance to the Almighty Father of heaven and earth he also bears the character of the Father by an eternity of coexistence. He is the Son of the Father. This is why he told Philip, if you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father!
We see Jesus in the pages of scripture as humbled and lowly. Certainly he was made for a time lower than the angels. And in that humility he suffered greatly. That suffering “perfected” him so that he might be crowned with Glory and Honor. That Glory and honor will one day be seen by everyone. Eventually even teh hardest athiest will see Jesus as the Lord of the universe and they will eventually bow down to him.
My question is simple. How do you see Jesus? Is he the Lord of the universe or merely an ancient figure of history? I urge you to open your eyes – or ask God to open them for you so that you also may see Jesus crowned with glory. Bow to him today in humble and willing obedience so that tomorrow’s bow won’t be the prelude to the humility of judgment.