A Reluctant Messiah

An interlude in our Once Upon a Time series:

If you have been watching the show faithfully, you surely know how reluctant Emma is to accept the truth about Storybrooke. She barely wanted to come in the first place; each time the subject comes up, she deems her son as crazy (but in nicer terms) and she does her best to convince people otherwise.

I have noticed that people like to make Jesus into that kind of hero. You know, the guy who was raised in a good Jewish home and never meant to be anyone or anything big, but then people just start following Him because He’s such a nice guy. That’s not my Jesus. Here’s what God has to say about this:

Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. (Isaiah 53.1-3)

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2.5-11)

These, and many other occasions in Scripture point to the truth that Jesus was not some reluctant hero who didn’t know what was happening and all of a sudden ended up with a following. Nothing would have attracted people to this man outside of Him being God. He was lowly and humble, but He came with a purpose- a delightful joy to do His Father’s will. He humbled Himself for us, we celebrate that in a special way a week from today.

This is part four in an ongoing series on finding the themes of Scripture in the television series Once Upon a Time. For previous posts, click the links below:

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