The voice of Jesus helps us find clarity in this wider conversation throughout scripture, as those words point us beyond the pages to the presence of God with us.
Real authority—as seen in the life Jesus—is based on humility, service, passion, forgiveness: where Love is stronger than any other force.
When I view this text from the perspective of Jesus, and pay attention to his every move and word, I see someone who mastered the ability to allow interruptions to become opportunities.
Weathering a storm that is temporary can be challenging, but enduring its lasting effects can be even harder.
When Paul got to Damascus, if he found anyone in the synagogue who were followers of “The Way”—which were followers of Jesus—he would have the authority to bind them and take them back for judgement. But, along the way, Paul—who was known as Saul, at this point—was given a new pair of glasses.
A visible, chronic illness was oftentimes thought to be a curse—perhaps from God, or even the work of something evil. So, people who had an unclean illness were seen to have an unclean spirit, and disconnected from everyone around them—held at arm’s length, so loneliness accompanied them wherever they went.
It says something about God, that when a child is born there is this glimpse into the beauty of all creation, and we look into this window of unconditional Love and there is such hope for all of us, because God loves each of us as a child.
Each and every Sunday, when we gather in this place to worship, there is a certain amount of scurrying and adjusting.
Once they had put away the dishes from the Last Supper, and after they had put away the bucket with the water where Jesus had washed the disciples’ feet, Jesus goes on to talk about the love of neighbor in various ways and different terms.
As we read about a Love that reaches beyond all boundaries and goes past all limitations, we think, we ponder, we wonder about the great depths of the Love of God. For we have always talked about what we know, in order to discover more about what we do not yet fully know.