Reading through one of the biographies of Jesus, I asked myself the question, “what did Jesus do?” What a person does and says demonstrates their values and priorities. So, I tallied up his activitiy.
“One healing. One teaching. Another teaching. One exorcism. Another healing.”
Jesus’ life ― outside of the cross ― seems to involve:
He takes people’s circumstances, and makes them better.
A person should not be ill or deformed in body. So he healed. A person should be controlled by evil forces. So he liberated. A person should not be in need. So he fed.
He takes people’s misconceptions and wrong perspectives, and turns them right side up. (Or upside down.)
He shared about getting right with God, the fatherhood of God, acceptance, right living, grace, legalism, money, family and responsibility.
He demonstrated what a right heart and attitude was.
He touched lepers, tax collectors, and the immoral. He uncovered silly rule, rules that did not accomplish what God intended. He made decisions with one ear tuned to God, the other to the ground, one hand to the plow, the other held out in welcome, one eye on the road and the other one the prize.
He lived his journey in an efficient, effortless and assured manner that we cannot hope to match, but which we are urged to imitate.