WHAT A LORD!
The Lord Jesus Christ was and is awesome! Both His way and His words were often a challenge to the status quo of His day. People were constantly amazed by Him. They couldn’t pigeon-hole Him. About as soon as they thought they had Him figured out, He would do or say something that caused them to see there was something about Him that was unique. And that difference…that unknown quantity in Him…sometimes inspired them and sometimes troubled them. I wonder…does He still have that effect on us? His manner of teaching separated Him from their scribes and Pharisees. He spoke with authority. They wondered where His wisdom came from since He hadn’t been to any rabbinical schools. They mistakenly thought He was soft on sin because He went to the places where sinners were in order to help them. They were shocked at the way He forgave sins. They were afraid at the way He could stop a storm or cast out demons with only a word. On and on go the illustrations. On one occasion the religious leaders of Jesus’ time sent guards to arrest Him. But those leaders made a mistake that thwarted their plan. They forgot that the officers they sent had ears with which to hear. They went where Jesus was teaching in order to take Him prisoner. But as they waited for their opportunity to seize Him they couldn’t help but hear what He was saying. Something unanticipated began to happen in their hearts. They heard His gracious words and found that faith was growing inside them. They no longer wanted to arrest Him. They returned to the religious leaders without Him. The leaders wanted to know why they had not taken Christ captive. Their response? “No one ever spoke like this man does…!” Instead of them taking Jesus captive, Jesus took them captive by His love and grace and truth. We ought to listen to Him for ourselves. We might find the same kind of change taking place in our hearts that those guards found. What a wonderful Lord Whose words save us, Whose wisdom blesses us, Whose forgiveness gives us hope, Whose power can calm our souls and bring us home with Him. The wonder He is never fades! But don’t take my word for it, listen to Him yourself. You might begin with reading the Gospel of Mark.