I was always the good kid. Easy to discipline. The rule keeper.
Don’t believe me? Ask my mom.
I hated the uncomfortable feeling of being in trouble, so I rarely strayed too far from the path. Always do what’s expected, and you can avoid a lot of tension. Decide to go Lindsey Lohan, and….well…
That was my power play, the way I avoided pain. The rules ruled.
Which makes me wonder how I would’ve handled Jesus.
Jesus was a rule breaker. He messed with normal. He created tension (still does).
In Luke 4, Jesus is teaching in His home-town synagogue. He makes a few supercharged statements that challenge the religious and cultural assumptions of His day. The response seems more like a scene from an Al Pacino movie than the Bible:
“That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.” –Luke 4:28-30 MSG
Did you catch that? Jesus throws a fastball at their rules for understanding God, and they try throw Him off a cliff. No Donald Trump “you’re fired.” No Jeff Probst “the tribe has spoken.” Straight to cliff throwing!
Which got me thinking…
If Jesus and I had lunch today, what would He say that might cause me to contemplate shoving Him into moving traffic?
How about you?