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Introduction

His Roles: Week 1

His Roles: Week 2

His Roles: Week 3

His Roles: Week 4

His Joy: Week 5

His Joy: Week 6

His Joy: Week 7

His Joy: Week 8

His Strength: Week 9

His Strength: Week 10

His Strength: Week 11

His Strength: Week 12

His Sensitivity: Week 13

His Sensitivity: Week 14

His Sensitivity: Week 15

His Sensitivity: Week 16

His Loyalty: Week 17

His Loyalty: Week 18

His Loyalty: Week 19

His Loyalty: Week 20

His Love: Week 21

His Love: Week 22

His Love: Week 23

His Love: Week 24

His Leadership: Week 25

His Leadership: Week 26

His Leadership: Week 27

His Leadership: Week 28

His Teachings: Week 29

His Teachings: Week 30

His Teachings: Week 31

His Teachings: Week 32

His Light: Week 33

His Light: Week 34

His Light: Week 35

His Light: Week 36

His Priorities: Week 37

His Priorities: Week 38

His Priorities: Week 39

His Priorities: Week 40

His Spirit: Week 41

His Spirit: Week 42

His Spirit: Week 43

His Spirit: Week 44

His Balance: Week 45

His Balance: Week 46

His Balance: Week 47

His Balance: Week 48

Next Year:

By Richard and Linda Eyre

WEEK 28: REVOLUTIONARY UNIQUENESS

Prior to Christ’s ministry, people were told to love their friends; Christ taught them to love not only their friends, but their enemies. People were admonished not to kill; Christ taught them not to feel anger. They were commanded not to commit adultery; Christ taught them not to lust. Under the Mosaic Law of revenge, the code permitted “an eye for an eye”; Christ taught a superior code of turning the other cheek.

Christ replaced ten “shall nots” with one all encompassing “shall”: love.

When Jesus brought his gospel to the earth, it was not ten degrees different – it was (often) opposite. In fact, it was more than just a change in degree; it was a change in kind. It was radical and it was revolutionary (in the highest and purest and most extreme use of the terms). It carried no compromise, no adjustment fro tradition, no tactful attempt to find “common ground” or “previous precedent.” Indeed, it would be hard to coin a more directly revolutionary preface than the one Christ so often used; “ye have heard that it was said by them of old time,…but I say unto you…” (Matthew 5:21-22).

It was not only the content of his teachings that was unique. It was:

His orientation – always to the positive, to “what to do,” never to the negative. He was concerned with omission as much as, if not more than, with commission.

His motivation – the love and joy in serving God, not the fear and restriction used by other religionists to hold their flocks.

His style – he was not a pacifist without action, not a reactionary without thought, rather the perfect blend of thought and action: saying and doing, condemning and changing.

His consistency – he was not a product of the general attitude or tone of the times, as most revolutionaries are. Changes around him had no effect on his cause or his teachings. He always acted, never reacted.

His method – he did not use power or political influence and force or any other common revolutionary method. He did not try to start with kings or rulers. He was content to leave the full weight of his message in the hearts of a few simple men, knowing that is light and effervescence would bubble up through any and all obstacles until it lighted and engulfed the earth.

Renan, certainly with some of these elements in mind, said, “Jesus is in every respect unique…and nothing can be compared with Him. To tear His name from this world would be to shake it form its very foundations.”
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