But I still haven’t found…

15 09 2011

There’s a sense of achievement associated with finding Wally.  He may be difficult to find, but you know what he looks like and once you’ve found him you can’t help but see him clearly.

It’s a bit like that with finding Jesus – he may be difficult to find, but we all know that we’re looking for a kind, peace-loving, healing type…aren’t we?

That’s why Jesus words in Luke 12 strike with such force –

“Do you think I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I have come to divide people against each other! From now on families will be split apart, three in favour of me, and two against—or two in favour and three against.” 

Then he illustrates what he’s saying with this quotation from Micah 7 –

 “Father will be divided against son
      and son against father;
   mother against daughter
      and daughter against mother;
   and mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
      and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Micah warns of an imminent crisis and urges that the only way forward is to have complete trust in God.

Jesus sees the crisis of his death coming and is distressed that so few people “get it”.  They’re good a reading the signs of the weather, but unable to see the signs of what’s happening in “the present times”.

Tough words. Tough love.  Do I really want to find a Jesus like that?

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