‘He’s not playing by our rules!’

sulkingLuke 7 records that Jesus was performing many miracles and “great fear” was sweeping the land. Many people were praising God, but some were upset that Jesus didn’t match their expectations of Messiah. They were, Jesus said, like children who picked out a tune, then sulked because he didn’t dance to it.

With some people, you just can’t win. John the Baptist fasted and didn’t drink wine, and the “children” wrote him off as demon possessed. The Messiah, on the other hand, came feasting and drinking, and the same people criticized him as a glutton, drunkard, and (even worse) a friend of “those people”! So what if the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor? He’s not playing by our rules!

You remember the kid who kept making up new rules while the game was underway — then got offended when the others didn’t want to play any more? Tell me you weren’t that kid!

Jesus said, “God blesses those who are not offended by me.” (v.23)

God has a plan for you and those around you. It begins with humility and repentance, and works itself out day by day as you follow the plan: love God with every fiber of your being and love your neighbor as yourself.

That won’t square with the expectations of the “children” — and you might pay a price for that — “but wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.” (v.35)


About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
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