A quick look at Jesus’ habits in the New Testament might help us locate Him in our town. Initially, most people would answer this question in one of two ways. Many would say that Jesus would go to the down and out areas of town, preaching His gospel of “good news” to them. A good answer I think. We will address this answer in the coming weeks.
Others would answer that you would most likely find Jesus in church and would make their way to one of the “Firsts” to find Him. (You know; First Methodist, First Presbyterian, First Baptist, First Christian…) Since the answer to our question, “Where would Jesus go?” is totally subjective anyway, I’m going to agree with the Churchy answer. I believe Jesus would go to our churches first. However, I don’t believe we would find the message He would deliver to be pleasant. In fact, we might react just as angrily as the congregation He met at the synagogue in His hometown of Nazareth.
Jesus read a passage from the prophet Isaiah that spoke of the coming Messiah.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
I’m sure everyone was thrilled at the eloquence of this young carpenter until he announced, “today, this scripture I just read is fulfilled in your hearing.”
“What! Did He just say what I think He said? Blasphemy!”
Why the anger? Jesus upset the beautiful, practiced religion they had invented and relied on. We have the same conventions. Regardless of which church in Beeville you belong to, there is an established routine that makes you comfortable because you know what to expect. His challenge would upset us as well.
Short answer: We are not doing what He commissioned us to do. If you look at Beeville itself, you know we are failing to make the good news clearly understood to our town. Jesus would make us angry as well. He would insist that we leave our “feel safe” atmosphere and hit the streets with a message of hope, deliverance and salvation. I fear he would only find a few willing to help him deliver this message.
Day one finished. Where will He go next?