Thursday, October 3, 2013

THE JESUS I BARELY KNEW by Jason Ostrander

I remember first hearing about Jesus while attending youth group. He was God’s Son, and he was the Savior of the world. He seemed kind and gentle—and it appeared as though he loved me with a very powerful love. So I accepted him without really knowing what that meant.

As I got older I realized that the Jesus I accepted as a junior high student was not who I thought he was.

“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)

Jesus asks blind Bartimaeus a fearless question…but he meant every word he said. In that moment Jesus showed his desire to work on our behalf.

In high school my thoughts related to Christianity were mostly about performance—how many good things I could do, and how many bad things I could avoid. It never occurred to me that Jesus would be concerned about doing something for me.

“Oh unbelieving generation, how long shall I put up with you?” (Mark 9:19)

Jesus performs a miracle on a father’s son—even though they weren’t fully trusting that he could do it.

Whether it’s a flat tire on the way to work, a dropped phone call, or that annoying noise that keeps you up late at night, it’s easy to get frustrated when things don’t go as we expect them to. Likewise Jesus got frustrated when people missed the eternal perspective.

As a student I knew the basics about Jesus, but a Jesus that wanted to do something for me, and a Jesus who was frustrated by my lazy faith…well, I barely knew that Jesus.

As we work with students this week let’s do all that we can to show them the fullness of our loving Savior.


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