…by Bobby Jackson
I think people have a certain image of Jesus that’s put together in the subconscious then comes to the surface of our thinking without effort. My picture growing up was of a gentle, long-haired, white, serious, robe-wearing, sweet old man. He would certainly be teaching along the road or on a hillside and explaining things with ooohs and ahhhs in the background.
Passages like John 2 blow that picture out of the water. Did Jesus drink? Is that ok? It doesn’t mix well with the picture I already have of him and yet it is there in the Bible. The church I grew up in would have said it is a big “no-no” to ever drink. Did Jesus encourage others to drink by making really good wine?
No doubt part of it was cultural – water was often not purified for drinking and wine helped to make it drinkable without getting sick (see 1 Timothy 5:23) but it does shape the picture I have of Jesus…He apparently went to parties. Does the Jesus you picture go to parties where there is an abundance of alcohol?
Then my picture of the mild-mannered Jesus continues to shatter as I read veses 12-25. He made a whip out of cords, He knocked their tables over and drove them out! He was not timid or passive. He cares deeply enough and these guys should have known well enough, that He takes dramatic action.
Part of studying God’s Word is that we would have a truthful, accurate picture of who Jesus is. If we’re going to follow and be like Jesus, we need to have the facts. Reading this helps me to have a relationship with the real Jesus (not the one I made up). Hope you’re enjoying this journey of discovery or rediscovery like I am.