One of the passages of today’s reading on my Bible-in-one-year plan is 1 Corinthians 13. Hence this post. Basically during the sermon last Valentine’s Day (based on this same chapter), I substituted “Jesus” for “love”. Try it, and see how it just fits. Afterwards, I tried to find examples in what was recorded for us of Jesus’ life to illustrate the validity of the substitution. Some were more difficult than others: Christ wasn’t boastful or proud, but there isn’t a single verse; rather the whole NT gives us proof of this. Anyway, here’s what I found:
- Jesus is patient. With the crowds-Luke 9:10-11: Despite His and the disciples’ fatigue, Jesus welcomed the crowds, taught and healed them. With the disciples-Matthew 17:17: Can’t you feel the exasperation in His voice? Yet He didn’t lash out or give up on them.
- Jesus is kind. One day, I’ll try and count how many times the Bible says Jesus was moved with compassion. He had compassion on the crowds (Matthew 9:46), and on individuals (Luke 7:12-13).
- Jesus is not self-seeking. Christ was, and still is, selfless. Mark 10:45
- Jesus keeps no record of wrongs. In the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples were too sleepy to pray. Jesus was arrested, and they fled and essentially went into hiding. Yet, Christ calls them His brothers (John 20:17). Wow.
- Jesus always protects. In His High Priestly prayer, Christ tells the Father that He has protected and kept safe those the Father had given Him (John 17:12).
- Jesus never fails. It is finished! (John 19:30) Christ accomplished what He came to do, and He did it well.
What did I miss?
PS. The title of this post is almost, but not quite, a syllogism.