Thursday, 29 September 2011

Has failed to meet expectations

If you have ever attended a parents' evening - and I've sat on both sides of the table at different times, you'll be amused by this cartoon! However, it is more than just simple humour - many people must have felt this way!  Many were expecting the Messiah to be a great military leader, who would restore Israel to a position of power. What they had not expected was a lowly carpenter with  no weapons, no army, no status. Finally, being crucified is perhaps not what most people would see as the greatest measure of a successful life and career!

We should never forget that Jesus was a failure and that he didn't meet the standard. It is important because we can start to think more carefully about all the things we are told are worthwhile and rethink all our expectations.

2 comments:

  1. I get your point, but rather than to say that Jesus was a failure, should't we look to the truth that God measures success or failure in a way which is completely contrary to our traditional understanding of success.

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  2. @ Peter B: Obviously I don’t think Jesus was a failure! Perhaps I should have said “seemed a failure” – but part of the point of the post is to make the reader think (as it says at the end) and the bald statement “Jesus was a failure” is more likely to provoke thought. Your statement, "God measures success or failure in a way which is completely contrary to our traditional understanding of success" is a spot on description of the how we should “rethink values” – so well done! 1 Corinthians 1:18 to the end – and the whole of 1Corinthians Chpt 2 is relevant to this theme.

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