2019 Advent Devo: Who Do You Think You Are?

Do you have a list of questions you want to ask Jesus when you meet him?  My list includes:

  1. Couldn’t you find a different way for mosquitoes to be nourished?
  2. What purpose do allergies fill?

I expect these questions are as welcome to Jesus as our 5 year old children asking adults their endless series of “why this and why that” questions.   Looking past the specific questions is the important point that children ask questions of a person they recognize as knowledgeable, trustworthy and authoritative.

The Pharisees, spies and Sadducees line up to ask Jesus their questions, not so much to gain any knowledge, but to maneuver or entrap Jesus.  The Pharisees’ question really comes down to “who do you think you are”? What they saw in front of them was a man, but with the undeniable Spirit of God.  Of course, no one would challenge Jesus with real or manufactured questions if they didn’t recognize him as knowledgeable, trustworthy and authoritative.

If you were a 5 year old witnessing these exchanges, what would you conclude?  Here are my thoughts:

  1. The people asking the questions didn’t like Jesus very much, but he didn’t do anything harmful to provoke that.
  2. The people asking the questions must recognize Jesus had the answers or they wouldn’t have asked him.
  3. Jesus was the center of their attention even though they were supposed to be the ones “in charge”.
  4. Jesus must really be special for everyone to want to speak to him.
  5. Jesus is smarter than all of them because no one said his answers were wrong.

The 5 year old version of me adores Jesus.  He is a superhero. No one can challenge him.  No one can defeat him. Why did the lustful 20 year old version of me, the 40 year old professional version of me and the jaded, 60 year old version of me think of him any differently?  I long to have the 5 year old version back. I long to simply be amazed at God in the flesh and follow him daily. There is no question nor need that I have that he is not the ultimate answer for.  He is the lens that I view the rest of my life through – no questions asked.

You are loved!
Don Keefer