Day 54 – Identity Crisis
On: December 24, 2014   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove Jesus out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.” [Luke 4:28-30]

The people of the synagogue, the churchgoers, didn’t like what they heard from Jesus; it threatened their perceived identity – see yesterday. At the same time, they didn’t recognise Jesus’ identity, and with it His authority to speak as He had. They wanted to be in charge of their own way of life, including how they “did” religion.

The result? They turned nasty, formed a mob and would have killed Jesus. But, we are told, Jesus walked right through the crowd and went on His way. Just like that. Strange that He allowed them to get to the cliff’s edge before exercising His authority. Intriguing how he “did it”. Did Jesus miraculously slip out of their suddenly weakened grip? Or did He speak words of creative power, like those that would shortly heal the sick and cast out demons? Maybe the latter led to the former?

One thing’s for sure, Jesus was connected to the guidance and empowering of His Father. We too can expect game changing things to happen if we are plugged into our Father God.

He walked right through the crowd

A parallel thought…

Presumably Jesus could, in similar fashion, have walked away from the soldiers sent to arrest Him in Gethsemane. That he didn’t, underlines the control He had over a life aligned with His Father’s will.

Prayer:

Father God, please give me the expectancy and desire to see Your power at work in and through me to challenge cultural norms where they run counter to the values of Your Kingdom. To Your glory. Amen.

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