Would Jesus be accepted today?

Would Jesus be accepted today?: We are all on the shoulders of a homeless man. We look up to power in America, wealth and celebrity. Sports stars are like gods. Movie stars are envied. Rock stars sell out stadiums, with ticket prices so high only the rich may attend.

It’s an upside-down world. That which really matters, matters not. If Jesus came to us today for the first time, He would be ignored, reviled and dismissed like last week’s trash. A poor, homeless man would hardly be given a moment’s notice.

We want everything

I want to be rich, I want to be famous, I want it all. The focus on self is ever-growing in our culture. Don’t tell me what I can and cannot do. Everything is permissible if it is what I want. Even that which is against my best interest is permissible because I say so.

People want to be the center of their universe. Think of a “fresh out of college” person striving to get ahead in the corporate world. Perhaps they claim credit for for another person’s work, or walk all over coworkers just to get noticed.

Jesus had a different approach

Jesus had the opposite approach. He had no professional ambitions. Jesus came to do His Father’s will, and so became a servant. He had no money, no home, no job, but he changed the world. He was loving and kind. Ask yourself, would Jesus be accepted today?

Jesus explained this twice in the Gospels, first in Matthew and then again in Mark. There are, of course, references to servant-hood elsewhere in the Bible.

Jesus called them together and said:

“You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many .” (Matthew 20:25-28)

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many .” (Mark 10:45)

Would Jesus be accepted today?

Would a kind, giving person be accepted in the corporate world today, or in politics? Those kind of people, in the eyes of those who are jockeying for position, are weak and lack leadership skills.

But what is leadership? Is it lording over people and giving orders. Or is it nurturing, encouraging and loving others?

Jesus taught 12 men how to share the good news. He then gave His life on the cross to pay the sin debt for every person past, present and future. Jesus allowed them to beat Him, drag Him through the streets of Jerusalem and nail Him on tree. Hardly the image of a corporate CEO.

Understanding our meek shepherd

Even the evangelical church sometimes fails to see the value of a meek shepherd. The Gospel gets corrupted by those who substitute the Word of God for political ideology. They spout party line rhetoric and if you are not of their political group, you can’t be Christian. They serve themselves.

Pride is the root of all sin. The love of things other than God lead to creating a chasm between man and God. It is pride that drives the need to succeed. Pride needs to be paid. It needs to be recognized for accomplishments. Pride does not serve.

Would we value Jesus if He came today?

Would Jesus stand out today. Even with social media, world-wide instantaneous communication and 24-hour news. The idea that a homeless, unemployed itinerant would probably be swept away by the ambition of the world.

We would ask: Why should we listen to him? Man’s heart is hard. Even when Jesus performed miracles, they still didn’t believe. Even if those miracles were on television and the internet, there would always be those who, because of pride, reject the message. Why listen to a homeless man?