Alternative Jesus

Alternative: “Some common synonyms of alternative are choice, election, option, preference, and selection. While all these words mean “the act or opportunity of choosing or the thing chosen,” alternative implies a need to choose one and reject another possibility.” Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/alternative

What we know about Jesus is from the Gospels and other eye witness accounts in the New Testament

He did not own land or house

He was homeless, a traveller, did not own a a horse or donkey

As far as has been reported He had but one article of clothing and a pair of sandals

Several women and as well as homes He visited and weddings He attended fed Him

He did miracles at least twice to feed thousands, once to pay His and Peter’s taxes, at least a couple times told his disciples where to and when to haul in a large catch of them- reportedly had real power over fish and bread

Jesus was a trained, experienced carpenter but there is no record of Him with woodworking after He left home -until He was nailed to it

His consistent, continual focus was the love of and for God the Father, the people and their needs, the Good News, the kingdom of God, mercy, justice, forgiveness, eternity, God’s judgment

He was followed by friends and foes, believed and hated, envied, falsely accused, arrested, a prisoner, rejected and abandoned by His own people, unjustly executed by the occupation forces of a foreign state due to the demands of local, corrupt religious leaders

According to His amazed followers He rose from the dead and according to scripture His kingdom and ultimate rule has no end

How much are any of us like Him?

To be truly at all like Him deserves serious consideration of these issues and acceptance of the possible consequences of living as He did

In light of all this and the historical record of how the lives of His immediate followers ended-and countless more of them in history -it seems sensible to ask how truly like Jesus we are -or honestly want to be

As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn

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