Would you work for a boss who rewarded lazy employees? Would you follow a leader who paid people more after they stole from the company? Would you admire a leader who let people talk bad about him, abuse him, walk all over him and he kept saying loving things back?
This time of year Christians ALL OVER THE WORLD celebrate such a leader, Jesus of Nazareth.
“Who has believed our message?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot,
And like a root out of parched ground;
He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
3 He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
6 All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He did not open His mouth;
Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,
And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,
So He did not open His mouth.”
A RARE LEADER INDEED!!!
Having such a leader has become my only hope.
Self-righteous is a chronic disease I suffer from. I have to take daily pills for it.
When it flairs up, I have to fall on this LEADER till I am broken.
I forget periodically who that lazy employee who stole from the boss is….me.
The Holy Spirit has to bring me back to the realization that without such a merciful leaders I would be in a deep mental and spiritual prison.
Jesus presents a stark contrast for all of us who want to lead others.
I guess that is why we need to hang around the cross more and soak in just how radical his leadership really is:
“And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” John 12:32 (ESV)
Surely Paul got it right: “But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness.”
I guess the simplest and most appropriate response this time of year, and any time of day is….