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Thursday, November 09, 2006
What's your favorite thing about Jesus?
When you think about your best friend, your dog, your child, or your spouse, there are usually a few things that stand out that we find the most irrestable and wondrous about those we love. So what about Jesus? What qualities or acts or stories of Jesus most impassion your heart with love and joy?

I think as we share what we love about Jesus, we'll all enrich each other's appreciation of the one we love and serve and honor to the best of our abilities.

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posted by Jemila Kwon at 10:52 AM ¤ Permalink ¤


  • At 11/09/2006 05:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous

    Jemila, thanks for yet another interesting, offbeat, thought-provoking post.

    I'd have to say my favorite thing about Jesus [though it's hard to narrow down to one] is that he had no problem speaking his mind against the Pharisees and Sadducees (sp?) and exposing where they were perhaps well-intentioned but way off the mark in terms of following God in their leadership. I think of how Jesus dealt with them when I find myself frustrated and annoyed with the Christian fundamentalist agenda in all its manifestations, to garner inspiration to speak out against it and clarify what's going on to secular folks who understandably fear and loathe Christianity generically because of the right-wing extremists.

  • At 11/09/2006 09:36:00 PM, Blogger Nancy

    I love how Jesus seems to take so much pleasure in surprising us. And how you know you could not even be making it up, it is all so preposterous. But there he is and what he says makes you laugh, cry, melt and strain to try and explain it to the first person you can find. I love that Jesus reveals himself to us in such radical ways and that we become so beautiful in gratitude, at least for a little while.

  • At 11/09/2006 10:18:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    Nancey, beautifully expressed.

  • At 11/09/2006 10:43:00 PM, Blogger CCF Experience Design Team

    I love how he loves and cares for the "underdog"; those "outside". Those he touched and healed and changed, some with the simplest of Faith. He reached out to so many that weren't "acceptable" to others. I agree with medium guy, he did speak his mind to the Pharisees and Sadducees, and even his disciples many times. I often feel that many "Christians" aren't that different from those groups. When I feel judged about "being on the wrong path" etc. I remind myself that I need to look to Jesus. I want to be humble and see the world around me through love and acceptance.

  • At 11/09/2006 10:47:00 PM, Blogger Michele L

    Sorry, the last comment was mine, but forgot I was signed in under another login.

  • At 11/10/2006 09:30:00 AM, Blogger Doxallo

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  • At 11/10/2006 09:32:00 AM, Blogger Doxallo

    I think I love that he leveled the playing field.....all could come to him -> women, children, thieves, drunkards, whores, etc. AND that he challenged the status quo - particularly the religous leaders of the day. Guess there's a bit of rabble-rouser in me so I identify with that -- and also I'm included in that list, and I get an 'in' with him, so that speaks to me. :)

  • At 11/10/2006 11:01:00 AM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    Heheh, yes, I have to admit I have a bit of rabble-rousing in me as well, Doxallo. I alternate between a being a mediator/peacemaker and a boat-rocker ;)

  • At 11/10/2006 05:22:00 PM, Blogger Psalmist

    So many things to love about Jesus! I guess I'd have to say that what I post here is what I'm most grateful for at the moment, not what is most important or what I'd choose an hour from now.

    I love that Jesus approached each person in the way that he or she needed him the most. He did NOT offer people the "Four Spiritual Laws" and a tract. He homed in on their deepest need and addressed that. No two personal encounters with Jesus that we find recorded in the Gospels are exactly alike. He was tender with some, tough-talking with others, bantered good-naturedly with a gentile woman, talked theology with a scared leader in the middle of the night, touched the untouchable, praised the faith of a centurion, shamed a few, and always, ALWAYS loved people where they were so as to move them to where they should be.

    Jesus, Master Evangelist. Thank you, Lord, for challenging me to go and do likewise in your name.

  • At 11/10/2006 07:18:00 PM, Blogger Shoshana

    My favorite Bible Story as a child was always Luke 8:40-48. I was shy and a bit of a wall flower, and I loved the idea of Jesus noticing the woman who just touched his cloak in the middle of a crowd. Of corse as I grew older, I realized her bleeding made her touching of a rabbi taboo. But I still like the idea of Jesus caring enough to notice the quiet ones.

  • At 11/10/2006 10:00:00 PM, Blogger lydia

    I like this story from Luke:

    38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!"
    41 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

  • At 11/11/2006 12:27:00 PM, Blogger Jemila Monroe

    These stories and reflections are all so nourishing and encouraging. Thank you all for sharing of yourselves.


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