"Gandalf's . . . fame in the Shire was due mainly to his skill with fires, smokes, and lights. His real business was far more difficult and dangerous, but the Shire-folk knew nothing about it. To them he was just one of the 'attractions' at the Party." -The Fellowship of the Ring, p. 48
Like the hobbits had an inaccurate view of Gandalf, we can easily have misconceptions about Jesus. We can view Him as a good teacher. We can view Him as a miracle worker, a healer, a worker of tricks, someone we can get something out of. He is some of these things, but He is so much more. As human beings in a finite world surrounded by the tasks and worries, pleasures and ambitions of this daily visible world, it is easy to forget or perhaps not believe at all that there is more to life than that which we can see or touch or even feel emotionally. There is more to life than all this we can grasp with our little minds.
These verses from 2 Kings 6, illustrate our blindness to all that is around us, the battles that Jesus and His angels are fighting on our behalf.
"When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. 'Oh, my lord, what shall we do?' the servant asked. 'Don't be afraid,' the prophet answered. 'Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' And Elisha prayed, 'O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.' Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha."
Shall we neglect the entire spiritual world because we cannot see it? Shall we leave the good fight to heavenly beings? Or will we join our King, the Victor over death and every power, seen or unseen?
"But you, man of God, flee from all [evil], and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen." 1 Timothy 6:11-15
I pray that my eyes and yours will be opened to truth, that our hearts will see Jesus as He really is. He is not "just one of the 'attractions' at the Party." He is the King of all that is created. He is the Victor of the world. He is the whole Party. He fights for us, and He invites us to fight with Him.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
"Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. . . " Ephesians 6:10-19