The lowest average temperature in modern day Lebanon – where Jesus spent much of His time – is between 5 - 7 degrees C (41 - 45° F). Why am I telling you this? Because it probably rarely ever snowed there in Jesus’ time, and the local hardware store in Nazareth, circa 25-33 AD, didn’t stock them. (They weren’t to be invented until 1952 or so.)
An interesting combination, snow blowers and Jesus. Near as I can figure, He never owned one or used one. But it’s not too far-fetched to think about them together, either. Stay with me on this one...
There’s a guy in our neighborhood, let’s call him “Rick”, who owns a snowblower and we see him all the time clearing the sidewalks and other folks’ driveways around us. When asked why he does what he does, Rick just shrugs his shoulders and replies, “I guess I just try to do what Jesus would do; except I do it with a snowblower.”
Now, I’ve heard of some of the neighbors really question all of this, as to his “real” motivations, or whether or not he should be doing it for so-and-so. But for Rick, it doesn't matter. Why? Because it didn’t matter to Jesus either, as He went around helping others during His earthly ministry. Was someone “not good enough” to receive His grace? No. Was someone “already all together” and therefore not in need of His grace and mercy? Not that I can find in the Bible. Yet Jesus continued to pour out His gifts of grace and mercy and forgiveness wherever He went.
How? By healing, which was one of the many ways He helped people. Raising others from the dead, too. Making sure a wedding celebration would be just that, with plenty of the best wine from His hand. The list goes on and on... It’s important to understand that Jesus didn’t heal people or raise them or make wine for them to simply perform these miracles, as amazing as they were. He did what He did so that they would know of His love and power and mercy and grace for them. That they would know He was who He claiming to be. God in the flesh. For them.
I contend that if it were available, and if there were snow in Palestine during His earthly walk, He would have been snowblowing peoples’ driveways and sidewalks. Why? To show them His incredible love for them. If He could find some other new and unique and absolutely clear way of demonstrating His (God’s) love for them, He would have done it too. Remember, He didn’t heal people just to heal them; He healed them to display His power and love for them, that they would know that their heavenly Father loved them so much, that He would send His Son down to them to save them and draw them closer to Him.
We now have the opportunity to be His hands and feet and voices to the community around us that is desperate to hear of a God’s love for them through faith in Jesus Christ.
So what does that look like? You tell me. God has given each of us unique gifts, talents, and abilities to pick one another up AND further His Kingdom here on earth. We may think we don’t have a gift or talent to share that will carry the Kingdom, but God guarantees us we do. In Matthew 25, He explains to us, using the most vivid of word pictures,
“For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.’ ” (vv. 34-40)
Picture Jesus behind a snowblower blasting the snow twenty feet into the air. That’s to be us. That’s also us as we use our unique individual skills and abilities to “snow blow” someone’s life. Do you have a license and a car that could be used to take someone in need to a doctor’s appointment? Do you share a kind word with everyone that passes you by, just because you can? Do you hold a door for those extra ten seconds that are needed for the mom who is trying to bring in her cantankerous two kids and a couple of bags of groceries and the ornery dog into the door of the apartment building you both share? A real smile and a genuine “Have a great day” to that waitress that’s having a totally crummy day.
In that reading from Matthew above, we read that when we do these things, we are doing them out of God’s love for us, and are then His extensions here on earth; being His hands, feet, face and voice to a dying world that needs to know more about God.
Jesus with a snowblower… Pretty cool imagery, huh? Yet will we ask one day, “Lord, when did we see your driveway covered with snow and not snowblow it (v. 44)?”
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
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