Let Jesus be Jesus

Short Advent Reflection

At this time of Advent, leading to Christmas, when everything seems so radically politicized and polarized, let’s remember that Jesus refused to be a military emperor. He refused to be used to go against the Roman Empire with the might of his physical force. 

Neither was Jesus born to be a revolutionary, or a political or a gender equality activist.  

Moreover, dare we not use Jesus as if He were an important sponsor or a member of our favorite political party. His mission was not to be the advocate for one’s right-wing and left-wing political cause or a movement. 

He was not born to be manipulated into a leader of the never ending chain of liberation causes, revolutions or occupy movements, which are more often than not misguided in their causes and intentions. 

His mission was more dignifying than any of those, and above all of them. He was born, lived and died to deliver us into His world in which uncorrupted justice and unspoiled peace reign. He will never allow himself to be used as a mascot for the short-sighted and misguided causes of this world. 

Let Jesus be Jesus. Let Him be the Lord of Lords, and the King of Kings. His ultimate objective is to recreate us in His image, and He would never let us reduce Him to our corrupt image. He came into our fallen world to deliver us out of our fallenness, and never to become a fallen savior himself.

Jesus came down to us once as a weak baby. Next time He will come in power, God without disguise, to save and to judge to the uttermost. Let us not patronize Jesus. He is not our inferior. 

“Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.” Revelation 1:7. NIV

About Tihomir Kukolja

Tihomir Kukolja, born in Slavonska Pozega, Croatia in 1954. Studied, lived and worked in Yugoslavia, Croatia, United Kingdom, Australia and the US. Education in theology, communications, and radio journalism. Worked as a church pastor, media professional, radio producer and presenter, journalist, religious liberty activist, and reconciliation and leadership development activist. Lives in Baytown TX, USA with professional ties with Seattle WA, USA and Fuzine, Croatia. Currently serves as the Executive Director, Forum for Leadership and Reconciliation (Forum), and Director of Renewing Our Minds (ROM) initiative. Loves photography, blogging and social media. Views, opinions and interests expressed in this blog are those of the author and contributors alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of organizations with which the author is or has been associated in the past.
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