New Life Daily Devotion - July 14

Balanced View of Jesus

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” - Revelation 5:5
 
The following observation by author Philip Yancey is well-worth meditating upon.  “As I studied the life of Christ,” he said, “one impression about Jesus struck me more forcefully than any other. We have tamed him. The Jesus I learned about as a child was sweet and inoffensive, the kind of person whose lap you’d want to climb on.  Mister Rogers with a beard.  Indeed, Jesus did have qualities of gentleness and compassion that attracted little children. Mister Rogers, however, he assuredly was not.  Not even the Romans would have crucified Mister Rogers.”
 
How balanced is your view of Jesus?  Have you come to the crucial conclusion that His grace is bigger than anything we can possibly comprehend?  And, I hope that conclusion doesn’t come at the expense of His strength. The biblical picture of Jesus is that of a tenderhearted Lion.  And conceptions that fall on either side of this picture are caricatures and incomplete. 
 
“Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair.” - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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