Did Jesus’ life go the wrong way? According to the program, your life should go in a certain pattern. Perhaps your parents had a program planned for you and aspirations for your future. But your life may end up differing from their proposed program. The program depends on how you are programmed. Your program is based upon the input you receive, both genetically and socially.
One parent found herself in a very difficult predicament one day. Her name was Mary. You may know her as that famous woman who is often called “the Virgin Mary.” She was quite an outstanding character in history. And as you also may know, Mary had a very well-known son. She had a divine revelation that this boy was the Son of God, who would end up becoming the Savior of their captive people. She knew He would be the Messiah of Israel.
As years passed her son made several visits to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem with His mother. On one occasion He broke away from her oversight and found His place among the most influential and respected men of their day, confounding them with His wisdom. Although she corrected Him for slipping away without permission when she finally found Him, deep in her heart she could see the handwriting of God on the wall… this boy would take His seat as leader of their people someday soon. She envisioned Him taking the reins — surely, He would be received by the powers-that-be, and become a great leader.
Yet, the years of life that followed in their obscure village, nestled in the hills above the West Bank in Israel, turned out much different than the way this “mother Mary” had on her program for her son.
When her son turned 30, the eligible age to function in the priesthood in their land, Mary saw her son depart from His carpenter shop in Nazareth for the last time. But it was not to be received in the temple as the reigning Messiah.
No! To the contrary… He began a life viewed with great suspicion by the ones whom Mary thought would receive Him. The leading religious body of the day saw Him as a threat, a dangerous cult leader, who was empowered by demonic forces.
His simple message of salvation, love, and caring for the poor was not the apocalyptic words that the religious leaders were seeking to hear.
Feeding the multitudes, liberating those bound by evil spirits, and healing sick people was not on the program for their Messiah. They sought someone else… this one must be an imposter.
Sure, He seemed to be doing “good” things, but they were deceptive, because it was not the proper order… it didn’t fit into their program.
Whose program was her son running on? Who programmed Him to think and act the way He did?
Even His own mother began to wonder why her son was making the choices He was making. Why did He do it this way? Surely He could not find success in His mission on earth if He continued conducting Himself like this… People were saying He had lost His mind. He did not even take time to eat.
Mary finally decided that she would have to take action. She and the rest of the family must go to find Him and bring Him home again. They had to change His “program”… deprogram him from the course He had taken… Somehow He was “all wrong” in how He was going about this thing, and they must bring Him to His senses…