Thursday, January 31, 2008

Absurd Jesus

Do you ever read what Jesus said and sort of nod-along going "yep, I get it, I get it, I get it.....lost me/not a clue!"

I was reading Mark 2:18~22 and the absurdity of what Jesus says struck me. So, Jesus is asked by the Pharisees and John the Baptist's disciples (who obviously didn't get what John had been on about, otherwise they'd be Jesus' disciples!) why His disciples aren't fasting. He says that it's a time of celebration right now so they shouldn't be fasting, which is about loss and associated to mourning. He then says that a time of mourning is coming and that they can fast then.

That seems to answer the question. Yet Jesus takes the opportunity to stretch the understanding of the people who asked Him a question. Hmmm.

I really like that idea, but how absurd to talk to them about wine skins when He's already answered the question?

You see, the Pharisees (et al) were trying to squeeze Jesus into their understanding, but Jesus knew that if they were to stand a chance of seeing Him for who He was, He'd have change how they thought. So, he started to point to the idea of old and new and that the old could not contain the new; they we incompatible.

Oh, if we could learn that in churches today. Not that you can discount something just because it's been there for a while. The question is: Is it compatible with Jesus' teaching? rather than a legalistic attempt to be god.

Father, I pray you'll continue to change the way I think,until I think like You.

Awesome God.

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