I follow Jon Lilley’s blog because I find it interesting.
In his Agree/Disagree post, Jon posted the following thought provoking question.
If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian. – Mahatma Gandhi. This quote really got me thinking. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below… I look forward to reading your thoughts! http://jonlilley.com/2013/04/13/agree-or-disagree-2/
I believe my thoughts would be too long for Jon’s comments section, although there are some long ones there… some interesting comments if you care to check them out, at the link above. To answer the question, I would look at how Christ lived. (Bearing in mind that He was the only person to have the Holy Spirit without measure.) Nevertheless, I believe He came to show us HOW to live God’s way.
We know He was the perfect, sinless, sacrifice.
So clearly, He must have kept the law. When he lived, there was no New Testament. He lived and taught from the Old Testament. Unlike the way we live today…
He must have kept all ten of the Ten Commandments.
So how did He do it?
Let’s look at the Ten Commandments
Throughout the Old Testament there were many examples, and corrections of God’s chosen people worshipping other gods… Baal, Molech and Ashtoreth, to mention but a few. Clearly, Christ did not deviate in His loyalty to His Father.
“For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6: 38 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to finish His work.” John 4: 34
And in the face of His impending arrest…
“…O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26: 39
To the end Jesus put His Father first, and kept the first commandment. What about us? It is so easy to think we do, and so easy to slip into putting our own will and desires first… which leads me to the second commandment…
Throughout the Old Testament, prophets, major and minor, castigated the people time and again for breaking the second commandment, making idols and images, then worshipping them. ′ · Isa 44: 15 -17 demonstrates the foolishness of a man who grows a tree, cuts it down, burns some to bake with, and with the remainder…
“And the rest of it he makes into a god, his carved image. He falls down before it and worships it, prays to it and says ‘Deliver me for you are my god’ ” Isa 44:17
Nowhere in the scriptures do we read of Jesus worshipping an image, or bowing to an image. Can we say the same for ourselves?
- Are all the ‘pictures’ of Jesus – images?
- What about the statues of Mary and the saints?
- Are stained glass windows ‘idols’.
Being sensible, I doubt anyone worships a stained glass window, a ‘picture’ of Jesus, or any of the statues of ‘holy’ people. In fact most people would say they are a help to worship. What God would say… well that’s something we don’t know.
But if we want to live as Christ did, we have to do as Christ did.
His relationship with His Father was through the Father’s word. In looking at how Christ lived, through the commandments, I have only covered two of them. I will look at the others in subsequent posts. Shalom