Open Your Eyes and See What God is Doing!
Rev. Frank Schaefer
. . . I can imagine that when Jesus was finished reading, everybody
hung on his lips. What was he going to say about it? Jesus started off by
saying: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
Hmmm. What on earth did he mean by that? He couldn't possible
mean that he was the one fulfilling this passage? Wait! That was what he was
suggesting. Seriously? Was he actually saying that he was the Messiah?
Wait....what? He was still just Joseph’s son wasn't he?
And that was the problem.
The fact that they know Jesus from when he was “yea high.” They
knew him as Joseph and Mary's son. They were right, Jesus was Joseph’s adopted
son, but, of course, we know now that he was so much more.
But the people of Nazareth didn't And that’s why they were
struggling; they could not see beyond the familiar, the usual; they could not
see through the eyes of faith. God’s blessing for them was standing right in
front of them, but they could not see it.....
....It’s easy for us to condemn the Nazarenes. However, we are
guilty of the same thing. We grow up with a certain picture of God and we hold
on to that perception, because it feels comfortable. We like to see God as the
comforter rather than one who challenges us and calls us out to take a risk.
The truth is that God, while being our
comfort, always seems to push us to grow more, to do better, and to change the
world. Neither of these things can be achieved by sitting in the comfort of the
spiritual lazy-boy chair...
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