Sunday Devotion: David the Christ and Jesus Son of Anthropos

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Bible Readings for Sunday April 3rd, 2011 – The 4th Week of Lent

*Click on each bible passage to expand the text.

1 Samuel 16:1-13

Psalm 23

Ephesians 5:8-14

John 9:1-41

  • Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. – 1 Samuel 16:13
  • You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5
  • … for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” – Ephesians 5:14
  • He (the formerly blind man) answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” – John 9:25

Perspective.

Perspective is paramount and an amazing tool to understanding God, isn’t it? Let us explore some of those amazing insights offered by today’s bible passages when views in the perspective of the Gospel truth and modern thought/research research.

The Christ is Universal and Timeless and Appointed by The Word of God

In the book of Samuel, to the perspective of everyone else in Bethlehem, young David was just a ruddy little boy. But to the perspective of the prophet Samuel and David’s father Jesse, and later to all the people of Israel , he was David the Christ, David the King. And yes, I do literally mean “Christ”, for Christ is the Greek for “The Anointed One”, or “Messiah” (mashach – מָשַׁח – 4886) , for he was anointed with oil by the prophet Samuel by the command of the Word of God.

The perspective of Psalm 23 grants us this additional insight:

Psalm 23

5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

The Word of God anoints us “so that God’s works might be revealed” in all of us.

Bad Things Do NOT Happen to Only Bad People

To the perspective of the Pharisees and the people of Israel in today’s Gospel passage, the blind man that Jesus healed was clearly a sinner, or his parents were. The common belief was God punished those who sinned with disease, infirmity, or plain misfortune:

John 9

2. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

But Jesus had much more modern perspective. He knew that sin did not bear such a physical price upon the body or the “luck” of an individual:

John 9

3. Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.

To Not Follow the Law Does Not Mean You Are a Sinner

To the perspective of the Pharisees and other strictly observant Jews, Jesus was clearly a sinner: he did not observe the law of the Sabbath.

John 9

16. Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided.

24. So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man (Jesus) is a sinner.”

Thankfully, as Christians, we have the perspective to know that Jesus was not a sinner.

The Law Was Made for Our Sake, and Can Be Broken for the Sake of the Kingdom

Some laws are made to be broken, if for the sake of the Kingdom.

And we can do this because “man was not made for the sabbath, but the sabbath was made for man“(Mk 2:27).

Another way to understand this teaching of Jesus could be that “Mankind was not made for the sake of the law of Moses, but Moses was made for the sake of Mankind”. And we know this is true because of the perspective given to us by the book of Exekiel (where God refers to the prophet as “son of man” 93 times) the meaning of the phrase “son of man”is human being, or a son of Adam.

So Jesus gives us even more valuable perspective when he proclaims in the Gospel of Mark:

Mark 2

28. “So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

Mankind is lord, even of the Law of Moses!

Jesus Wants Us to Have Faith and Trust  in Each Other

Empowered by the perspective of the book of Ezekiel and the Gospel of Mark, we realize even more about the term “son of man” when Jesus seeks out the formerly-blind man who he’d healed and asks him:

John 9

35. Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man (anthrópos – 444 -ἄνθρωπος, ου, ὁ)?”

In other words, do you trust in mankind?

What a ground shaking question! Do you have faith, do you trust… in mankind?

What if you were asked that right now? I bet many of us would answer “no”! But the man Jesus healed did not:

John 9

36. He answered, “And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.”
37. Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.”

Jesus could have said, ” I AM mankind”, or rather, “I AM as mankind should be.”

To have faith in Jesus, is to have faith in mankind, which is to have faith in God. For God created us in God’s image.

To have faith is to trust. To trust is the foundation of love.

And the Good News is indeed good…

… depending on your perspective.

 

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. Yet in the case of Jesus, the term ‘Son of Man’ was special appellation, indicating that he was a Divine man specially sent by God to redeem mankind .

    (Hopefully all will eventually be redeemed, or at least remediated . Such is possible …I don’t know if that will happen but we as Christians should always hope for that. Yet all who are to be redeemed must be redeemed through the agency of Jesus somehow ) .

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