Is Aslan safe? …
Safe? No, he’s not safe, but he is good.
- C.S. Lewis

Bless him, C.S. Lewis understood the nature of Yeshua Ha Machia in a way few of us seem to. With the over-feminization of our culture, so much focus has been put on Jesus’ love and his tender side that the current generation is growing up with an image of Jesus as a big cuddly teddy bear – all about love and grace and forgiveness without regard for earthly consequences of sin – and in doing so, we are missing out a lot of who He was and is.

Physical strength & power

According to the Greek in the New Testament, Jesus’ profession was that of a tekton - that is, someone who builds things with the natural materials at hand. Since the Bible was translated to English in Europe, a tekton would mostly work with wood, so this word would be translated “carpenter”. However, there is (and was) very little wood to be had in Capernaum, where Jesus made his home. In fact, Capernaum was the center of trade for millstones because of the basalt rock in abundant quantity there. So, most likely, Jesus’ natural material of choice was stone, and his profession was that of a stone mason – not a carpenter!

What’s the point, though? The point is – when we see artists’ depictions of Jesus, he looks like a Norwegian poet – not a Jewish stone mason. The very nature of his profession would result in big, strong hands, broad shoulders and powerful muscles. This guy could have taken me and most of my friends down and had us crying for mercy w/o having to use any Godly powers (not that that’s saying a lot, I know, but you get the point).

As a Galilean Jew, he was culturally “rough” (“Nazareth? Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked), when he disagreed with the pharisees (members of the political influence most like his own, by the way), he was in their face about it, and when he disagreed with the Sanhedrin’s management of the temple, he tossed tables.

None of this is to say he didn’t have a gentle side, but just because our culture would prefer our men to be metrosexual sissies today doesn’t mean that we have to whitewash the physical power and combatitive atitude of our savior to conform with today’s norms.

But, but, but…

Wasn’t Jesus the Prince of Peace?

Yes he was, but he also said:

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.

I will not argue that Jesus was advocating violence, because he was not. But the message he proclaimed and the way he proclaimed it was as offensive in his day as it is today, though we may be ashamed to admit it.

All too often, we sit back and listen to the world accept the notion that Jesus was a good and wise man while doubting his divinity. The problem with this view is this:

If Jesus was NOT who he claimed to be, he was neither good nor wise! If he was NOT who he claimed to be, he was a stark-raving lunatic with a messiah complex! Additionally, if he was NOT who he claimed to be, he led 11 of his 12 closest followers to choose the death of a martytr, and his disciples in turn led hundreds if not thousands of their own disciples into senseless martyr’s graves!

He has called us to follow him and to be in the world, but not of it – to be relevant to those dying around us while choosing to stand apart from the culture. To be both offensive and inviting.

Rich Mullins once commented that the problem we face today isn’t that the sin in the world is so deep, but that the pagans there are so shallow. In Asia Minor, where Jesus sent his disciples, open prostitution, orgies, bestiality, idol worship, and wanton drunkenness and debauchery were the norm, so to stand apart from the crowd meant not doing some pretty disgusting things – things that would not be acceptable in today’s secular society.

Where He calls us, though, is to stand apart so that HE is lifted up. And, like that pharisees, I and many like me, to our shame, have accepted being just enough like Him to feel good about ourselves, but not enough like Him to truly stand apart..

Do not let the world define for you what a Christian should be – because they will only accept the Jesus that is peace and pacifist, butterflies and daisies – “turning the other cheek” (interpreted in a way Jesus NEVER intended) to any offense from the world. Nobody was ever crucified for saying how nice it would be if we all could just get along.

Instead, we need to be called “Christian” because we are like the Jesus of C.S. Lewis – clomid buy online, buy clomid. buying clomid online safe, zithromax online. Not safe, but good.


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