LENT DAY 11
As I journey through Lent, I’m discovering the freedom that comes from letting Jesus be Jesus instead of me trying to manage who he is, as I understand my life and the life of others. Previously and currently, I want to make Jesus palatable for those triggered by previous bad, even traumatic experiences of churches that use Jesus as a weapon. On the other end of the spectrum, for those curious about Jesus, I want to show off who this Jesus is, almost in a faddish zealous way. And then I realize it’s not up to me to “show off” Jesus, one way or another. Jesus is Jesus. And if I sit within the Gospel stories, I discover that Jesus has something for me, you, and our world, and it’s not up to me to convince anyone.
When I first read this piece below, I wondered if I might need to hide in a closet to even consider a perspective so counter to what I’ve experienced growing up in my faith tradition. Could there be another way to encounter this Jesus the Christ? After many years of familiarity with a Jesus who became somewhat of an Elf on the Shelf,  I’m intrigued by this provocative Jesus who doesn’t let me sit comfortably in my way of thinking and being. There is a call to something deeper within me, even in the disequilibrium of this Jesus.
For those of you who have participated in Living From the Heart, our previous Selah core course,  you may remember a piece by Beldon Lane called: The Image of Christ: Who is Jesus Anyway?! 
The Image of Christ: Who Is This ‘Jesus,’ Anyway?!
And so the question for me, and perhaps for you, who is this Jesus anyway?
 Elf on the Shelf is a recent tradition of keeping kids obedient during Christmas time – you never know where the Elf may show up, and he’s always watching you to ensure you’re being good. Learn more on Wikipedia.
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 Source: Beldon Lane – https://sojo.net/biography/belden-c-lane
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