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The Northwest is the coffee capital of the world. People here love their coffee, and swallow large doses of it as nonchalantly as many people drink water. What does coffee have to do with Jesus? Everything! Jesus was like I like my coffee: hot and bold! In Luke 19:10, Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” Not only did he articulate his mission for living, Jesus lived it with conviction. There was nothing tame or lukewarm about the way Jesus lived. He lived dangerously to seek and save others.

Jesus touched the lives of many people because he was fearless. He risked losing his reputation, his followers, and even his life in the process. For example, a group of teachers brought an adulterous woman before Jesus. Trying to trap him, they said, “In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”  (John 8:5). Jesus knelt down and began writing in the dirt, then said, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). They kept on questioning, but Jesus continued writing in the dirt. One by one, the people began leaving. Before long, only Jesus and the woman were left. Jesus then turned to her and asked, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin” (John 8:10-11).

Jesus could have easily fled the scene or joined the angry mob. But he was not like that. In a few moments, Jesus disarmed the would-be assailants and displayed his love for the woman. His risky actions saved the woman from imminent death.

We can learn many lessons from the life of Jesus. Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where it would be easier to go along with the crowd or simply walk away. Choosing to stand up for what is right is much more difficult. It demands boldness in the face of adversity. It requires being dangerous like Jesus. How dangerous are you?

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