JESUS AND PR
Jesus didn’t have a promo man working on His behalf. No one to arrange His next ‘gig’. No tv, radio, facebook, internet site, blog, iPad advertisement, etc etc.
No handouts, no scroll distribution of His latest works. Yes He had inspired many prophets to write His thoughts in human language, pre-His incarnation into a human body, these ‘scrolls’ were kept in the synagogues.
(II Timothy 3:16)
But now for a period of time He was the ‘living epistle’, in whom was the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
He was seen and ‘read’ of all men, as His followers would consequently be in His bodily absence.
(II Corinthians 3/3, Colossians 2/9)
During His walk on the earth He would do supernatural things, and convey Himself away silently, as it were – fading into the background. (John 20/30, 12/37, 5/13)
He did not grab – every and any – opportunity to be noticed. (John 6/15)
He would rise a great while before day to be alone with His Father through prayer, escaping the crowds, even though they sought Him out to be with Him. (Mark 1/35) (Luke 4/42)
He revealed Himself on set occasions in ways that were way beyond the norm. On the mount of transfiguration is an example. When He shone with the glory of God. (Matthew 17).
When He could have called twelve legions of angels to deliver Him from the inevitability of the cross – He chose to remain on the receiving end of man’s evil nature, so that He could be punished instead of those who deserved it. (Matthew 26/53) (Isaiah 53/5)
When He performed a miracle, He would oft times exhort those who were present to tell no one. Breaking into the story of such an occasion we read…
Luke 8 (KJV)
52 Now all wept and mourned for her; but He said, “Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping.” 53 And they ridiculed Him, knowing that she was dead.
54 But He put them all outside, took her by the hand and called, saying, “Little girl, arise.” 55 Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately. And He commanded that she be given something to eat. 56 And her parents were astonished, but He charged them to tell no one what had happened.
If God, specifically Jesus Christ, is wanting to convince you that He loves you and wants you to follow Him – one would think that He would take every opportunity for self promotion?
Instead He endures our contradictions against Himself, He endures being despised and rejected by men, disciples forsaking Him in the garden, many of His disciples walking with Him no more, ‘His own receiving Him not’, religious hypocrites falsely accusing Him, commercialism taking over His place set apart for prayer. The list goes on… (Hebrews 12/3, Isaiah 53/3, Matthew 25/56, John 6/6, 1/11, Mark 3/2, Matthew 21/12, 13,)
His PR consisted of doing good, healing the sick, meeting the needs of others, preaching to the poor, providing food, casting out demons, providing the antidote for selfishness. The list goes on…
You see He was/is the complete antithesis of how things work today.
The very Life and Person of Jesus Christ is so different to anyone who has ever lived on earth, He can only be the Son of God.
Now if that is so (and it is), how can we possibly remain the same in our attitude towards Him, and how can our lives not be totally revolutionised and changed?
Jesus will not coerce us with bullying tactics, or impose Himself upon us in an obnoxious manner.
But He will call us through the words of His book, and He will draw along side to open our understanding by revelation. He will influence us by His presence, until we forsake our unbelieving ways and come to faith in Him.
He will draw near to us and respond to our hearts invitation.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
At Easter we see Him clearly lifted up on the cross and drawing all men to Himself. Unless we ignore Him.
I gave up ignoring Him on 20th November 1970, and submitted myself to His sovereign love. My sincere desire is that you too will find Him, whom to know is Life Eternal.