Have you ever heard such a statement? Wrong question! Do you remember the last time you heard such a statement? Maybe not verbatim as I have it here, but in its implication?
“Who does that” is used to bring out an idea that someone has behaved in a way we don’t expect them to act, or someone is hitting below the belt, while it is so apparent from the facts at hand that they have a higher potential. It shows some element of failure when the answer is so obvious that no one can afford to fail. It suggests that the one issuing the utterance has a better methodology than what the subject has followed. Sometimes, “Who does that” can be used to rebuke someone too kind until they look stupid to the average self-centered inhabitant of the world.
But there is someone who has been doing things that defy human reasoning and selfish ambitions, most of whose acts can warrant the exclamation of “who does that,” marinated with prominent sneering of the proud face. He seems not to resonate with most of us in his dealings with people. He looks less opportunistic when chances are His to take advantage of circumstances and ready to accept when you can’t quite clearly see how He will benefit from the deal. I’m talking about the man, Jesus Christ.
Maybe we can dig deep into the historical sketches of His life and see instances when He accepted deals we could all have refused.
- From God to Man
Incarnation is one of those mysteries that most people don’t understand. When I say “most people don’t understand,” you may be tempted to think I’m not part of ‘most people.’ I know much of this grand subject we will know when we get to heaven. However, there are a few things that a keen student of the Bible can, with reasonable accuracy, come out with. The first is that Incarnation made Christ have no advantage over humanity in meeting this world’s tempting sounds and dazzling sights. He maintained a good record of obedience, perfect and perpetual, only because He was trusting in God and not in self. He needed to be prayerful to remain on the winning side ( Mark 1:35), and he needed to increase in knowledge by learning what every reasonable human being must learn( Luke 2:52). Incarnation divested Christ of omniscience and omnipotence, which are attributes of divinity. This shows that, in a way, it was a demotion from His divine power so that He can, by example and precept, lead the fallen humanity how to relate with God. We love promotion and not going down. When confronted with a need to make such a decision today, we can proudly interject, “who does that?”, Well, My Jesus does that.
- Giving the Best Wine Last
In a wedding party at Cana in Galilee, Christ made an extraordinary intervention when the organizers were doomed to shame and chagrin. Traditionally, those who came late to any of our feasts get the leftovers. Our wise sayings expose us, for we consider it intelligent to say, “early bird catches the worm.” But Christ gave the best wine last so that latecomers had the best. In this Christ preached a sermon, “The best is yet to come.” If there is something we need to hear today, it is that ‘the best is yet to come.’ This world has disappointed us. A lot of us have missed life-changing opportunities which we thought were our Savior. Some have lost beautiful relationships until they give up on love. To all disappointed people, Christ is shouting from the miracle at Cana, “Cheer up! Hold on! The best is yet to come!” Who does that? My Jesus.
- In the Wilderness of Temptation
We feel bad when tempted and put in compromising situations which makes an average human conclude, “Let me sin now and Repent later.”
But it was not so with Christ. Most of us go out of our way to tempt temptations to tempt us. It was not so with Christ; the opportunistic devil found him physically weak and began his series of lures. All of them fell like harmless arrows before Christ. Subtended by appetite and Worship, he proved faithful where most of us rationalize and fail with a promise to do better next time. All the offers presented to Him, We repeatedly accepted in the highways and byways of life, but He kept His eye single to the glory of God. He refused the greatest things that the world could offer and maintained his fidelity to God. Who does that? My Jesus.
- Refusing to be Discouraged from His Mission
It should be important that Incarnation made Christ fully man and fully God. However, in his ministry, divinity was quiescent. Divinity added quality to His sacrifice on the cross in that it made His death on our account a worthy propitiation to the broken law of God. But the highway to Calvary was not smooth. It Was marked with enough discouragement and reasons to change the direction. The people He sought to save were planning his funeral. His disciples were fighting amongst themselves, trying to find out who was the greatest. Judas had gone out of His way to betray him. Peter was soon going to deny Him, and he knew all these. What has he achieved by that?
“By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan’s purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us.”
—Desire of Ages 25.3
Who Does That? My Jesus.