It depends on your Viewpoint (Exodus 4; Luke 7)

Then the Lord said, “Who has made man’s mouth?  What makes him, or deaf, or seeing, or blind?”  Is it not I, the Lord?  Exodus 4:11

Lord do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under mu roof.”  Luke 7:6

“It look’s good from here.”  This was the commentary that came from my lips last fall during a high school football game.  On this evening I thought I had a clear view from my broadcast position, but to my surprise, the officials by the goal-post signaled no good.  In that moment, I was humbled to have to say, “I had the wrong viewpoint.”

In a much more significant way, you and I make judgment calls about life based upon our viewpoints.  Consider for a moment Moses viewpoint in Exodus 4.  God is calling Moses back to Egypt.  He would become God’s mouthpiece in the deliverance of his people.  But Moses had a different viewpoint. He was focused on his own inabilities when he should have been focusing on God’s ability.  “Your viewpoint makes all the difference!!!”

Consider the different viewpoints of the five 5 people Luke writes about in Luke 7:

1.  The Centurion-Jesus, a man of authority, 7:1-10

2.  The Widow-Jesus, the one who raises the dead, 7:11-17

3.  The messengers of John the Baptist-Jesus, the healer, 7:18-29

4.  The Pharisee-Jesus the false prophet, 7:30-39

5.  The sinful woman-Jesus, the one who forgives sin, 7:40-56

The viewpoints of these people are all correct, except # 4.  In each case we find a description of Jesus based upon their viewpoint.  Theirs was not a grandstand view or a press box view (As was mine).  Theirs was a first-hand view-point of a Holy God who is everything they said, plus more than we could ever imagine.

Today, I want to challenge you to expand your viewpoint of who Jesus is.  Maybe you ask, “How can I do this?”  You must become a serious student of His Word and you must become a serious disciple who both invests in prayer and in daily walking as he would have you to walk.

For further study:  Matthew 16:21-34; Ephesians 4:17-24

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