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  •  Nicely done (12+ / 0-)

    an interesting contrast between Jesus' style and John the Baptist is that John had his disciples bring the people to him for baptism. When John was executed his movement essentially died with him. His followers were still around and they show up occasionally in the Jesus story but after them... nothing.

    Jesus took a very different approach. He empowered his disciples. He didn't tell them to bring potential converts to him. Quite the opposite. He told them to go out and do it themselves. YOU go preach. You go make converts. You go live the Way and show others how to live the Way. Don't rely on me. I won't always be with you.

    When Jesus was executed his disciples ran away. They headed back to their lives. But the miracle is that they couldn't return to those lives. They had to return to what Jesus taught them to do which was to go out and live a way apart from the norms of the world... free from the usual powers of that world... and show others how to live that life.

    His movement survived and grew.

    Eventually his movement got co-opted by the worldly powers but for a brief while they had something real and vital going on because they weren't relying on him or practicing a dead religion but living a very alive one.

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Fri Apr 22, 2011 at 06:25:06 PM PDT

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