It wasn't a matter of whether or not people would deem his actions intelligent. It wasn't about whether or not people would think him crazy. It wasn't even a matter of whether or not his words made any sense. It was simply about love. And in the end, that loved proved to be the most dangerous thing of all.
He came to earth to live in human flesh. Sent by God, of God, God Himself. Whether people understood the concept or not didn't matter - what mattered was whether or not they had faith to follow him, regardless of their grasp on every word he spoke.
When others would turn and run, he stood firm. When others would rather mock, he chose to love. When others would worship false gods, he revealed himself to be the one true God. When others would rather cheat and steal, he chose to have mercy and show grace.
At the very least, Jesus Christ proved himself to be the ultimate rebel. He rebelled against those who elevated themselves as pompous religious leaders. He rebelled against ungodly tactics of gaining money within the walls of the temple. He rebelled against the very core of human nature, exposing the greed behind so-called good deeds.
But being a rebel wasn't enough. It wasn't enough to speak out against that which man had built and in which man had put ultimate faith. It wasn't enough to gain followers and travel, speaking of heavenly matters that only few people understood. It wasn't enough to gain popularity, or lack thereof, wherever he preached. No - all of those things weren't enough.
In the end, death would be enough. Only through the most brutal, gruesome death, would he prove his ultimate love - love for a people that despised and spit upon him. Love for a people that would curse his name. Love for a people who would turn their backs on him and refuse his gift of grace.
It was Jesus' love that was most dangerous. For it was that love that drove him to the cross on Calvary. It was love that caused his quiet submission to those who would beat him. It was love that poured from him as blood. It was love that drove his rebelliousness to prove that there was something more worth living for. And it was love that conquered the grave.
The ultimate price - life - was paid. The ultimate sacrifice made. And to prove that he truly reigned supreme, he defied death and rose to live again. Only through this perfect sacrifice and the acceptance thereof, do we have the opportunity to be adopted into God's family and gain eternal life.
Love is dangerous. Love has the potential to result in a bloody death. Not only did Jesus himself die, but countless martyrs throughout history who refused to falter from their faith in him. Love is that which the world hates the most because it stirs deep within the soul - because it exposes that which people wish to hide. Love, the most precious and pure outpouring of grace, is the most dangerous thing to feel, to share and to prove.
Jesus did it. Can we?
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Your first paragraph engaged me as I hung expecting to read about a relationship between humans turned evil. Very catchy! I love your style. You push the line and are edgy No milk toast writing from you! Good stuff Like it a lot Bonnie
So GREAT a love!!!! Thank you for the reminder! :)