In God’s Image, pt. 2
In my last post, we examined the way Jesus treated people to help everyone understand that people are created in the image of God and that they should be treated that way.
Jesus interacted with the outsiders of society and culture, giving them His full attention and love. Even those who didn’t fully understand Who God is, Who Jesus is, and why He would love them with wild abandon. The world is filled with folks like that today and as a Christ follower, I should treat them with the dignity, respect, and love that Jesus gives them.
But, Jesus had some encounters with others that could be described as…well…confrontational.
Jesus had little time or tolerance for those whose hearts were far from God while thinking that they were righteous and holy. The self-proclaimed “religious” people of Jesus’ day received harsh words and actions from the Son of God.
Jesus had little time or tolerance for those whose hearts were far from God while thinking that they were righteous and holy.
The picture above depicts the time that Jesus chased the money changers out of the Temple. Check out John 2:14-17:
14In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins all over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!” 17 Then his disciples remember this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”
How about the way Jesus interacted with the religious leaders of His day? Check out Matthew 23 and see how many times Jesus calls these leaders hypocrites and blind, and says what sorrow awaits them. Look what Jesus tells the people about listening to what these religious leaders say, but warns the people not to follow their example. While these leaders were created in the image of God, they were distorting the image of God by the way they lived all while claiming to be serving Him.
Those of us in the church today need to make sure that our lifestyle matches what we claim to believe. We need to remember that all people are created in the image of God and should be treated as such. We should not try to put burdens on people that we ourselves cannot bear.
May we be known as completely devoted followers of Christ who love like He loves and who serve others in His Name always.