Jesus is different. And if you belong to him, you’ll most likely be considered different or strange as well.
So let’s buttress ourselves and take a closer look at the awesomeness of his uniqueness.
First, Jesus is God-with-us. He is the very fullness of God in human form (Colossians 2:9). ‘Do you mean to say he isn’t distant and disinterested?’ No. He is a Saviour of closeness and care.
Second, Jesus embodies and compels revolutionary love: “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). ‘People can get behind loving nice people. But enemies?’ Yup.
Third, Jesus came back to life. He conquered sin, Satan and death itself. ‘Hold on. Isn’t that just mythology?’ Nope. It’s historical and central to everything. Without it our faith is “futile” (1 Corinthians 15:17). And get this: His victory is ours! (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Fourth, Jesus’ power is made perfect in weakness. That’s what he told Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9. ‘Um, pardon? Isn’t God’s power made perfect in our own strength and independence?’ No. No, it isn’t.
This uniqueness might seem strange to some, sure; but revolutionary strange—change our lives and change the world kind of strange!
Be humbly confident in the awesomeness of his uniqueness.
When it comes to how we live out our faith, taking Jesus out of the equation is to go against God’s winning formula.
Kyle Idleman writes: “As wild as it sounds, consider the possibility that the whole world is crazy, and Jesus has it right.”*
–Upcoming Break: The Up Devotional will go on pause after August 6, returning September 6. I’ll be on vacation!
–Today’s devotional is connected to my latest sermon: “Being different makes a difference.” You can listen (or watch) here.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.
–*Kyle Idleman, The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins (David C Cook: Colorado Springs, 2015), 49.