As I read through the Gospels I am really fascinated by the way Jesus never ends up being the way people expect. Even John the Baptist is surprised when Jesus wants to be baptized. It seems like Jesus should have gone to the religious people, but He didn't. Instead He made his company with those who were needy. I wonder if we would even recognize Jesus if he came to earth today, took on flesh, and dwelt among us. Would we even know that He was the Son of God? Or would we say that he wasn't holy enough and that he shouldn't be spending His time with the outcasts and non-religious ones. Would He wear religious t-shirts and put religious bumper stickers on His car? I think we've come a long way from who Jesus truly is, and in the name of Christianity we have, in many ways, missed a big part of why He came. After all, Luke reminds us that Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.