Friday, October 13, 2006
Jesus Christ the Gangsta
For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' Luke 7:33-34.Doesn't He sound like a gangsta of 21st century? He seemed religious to the local leaders but He did His own thing: He didn't attend local "church" (synagogue would be the right term for His time) in any regular fashion. He wasn't even a member of one. He was under the radar from the national police (i.e., Romans) but not by the local police (religious leaders like the Pharisees wanted Him dead).
And, wow, did He know how to party:
the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now." John 2:9-10Most Christians I know today would have dumped the wine or replaced it with nonalcohol wine. But Jesus did one better instead: Made the best wine they have ever tasted!
[I haven't the time to today to go over His cussing style but that can wait. Stay tuned! (grin)]
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