We’ve started a new series at church called Reset. resetIt’s about resetting our assumptions and conceptions of Jesus. Some of the pictures of Jesus which our pastor, Dave, went through on the first day were some I had seen other people believe, as well as accepted for myself.

“Hippie Jesus,” where God is love, don’t judge others, just accept everyone. Very much an undefined spirituality.

“Patriotic Jesus,” where God is backing our nationalistic interests, because we’re a Christian nation. (I’m not sure those that invoke a patriotic Jesus have looked around that much at the country lately.)

“Baby Jesus,” or the Christmas Jesus. He’s seen as the child that came to save, the safe Jesus, not the God/man that said:

51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Verse 51 is really sobering when you consider what He means.

“Nice Guy Jesus,” always happy and sunny, never gets mad…predictable.

“Teacher Jesus,” the good moral teacher who walked the Earth, just another prophet like Elijah, or Mohamed.

The series has made me sit back and reevaluate my vision of who Jesus is and what His mission really is. As well as how I fit into it.

— The Holy Bible  : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) (Lk 12:51-53). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

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