In this passage, we see people struggling to see Jesus clearly. With the crowds, with the Jewish religious leaders, and even with Jesus’ disciples, they struggle to see who Jesus is and why he’s here, because they struggle to see past their own pride, or expectations. But by the end of the passage, Jesus could hardly state it more clearly: He’s here to die, and anyone who follows him should expect to follow in his footsteps.
Jesus has just stepped down from the mountain (where he gave the Sermon on the Mount), and he shows us what he’s just been teaching about for three chapters: That he has the authority of God himself, over creation, and in his understanding of the Old Testament law. So in story after story, told in quick succession, we will see Jesus reversing people’s expectations of who God seeks out, reversing the curse of sin, and even reversing some of God’s own laws in the Old Testament, to show the new way that he was going to bring in through his kingdom, with the confronting glory of our all-powerful and all-merciful Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
There are ways that Jesus confronts every culture, and Christians are forced to wrestle with Jesus’ call to follow him. In this talk, Jeremy walks us through a time when the religious leaders of Jesus’ time called him evil, and brings us into the modern days, to think about how we today can think through the ways that Jesus confronts our culture.
In this passage, we see Sabbath stories and servant songs. The Sabbath stories show us Jesus’ compassion for those in need, and the cold hearts of the Pharisees, in making love illegal on the Sabbath. In the servant songs, we hear about why Jesus has this beautiful heart: Because he’s the Spirit-filled, suffering servant, whose heart goes out to all the bruised reeds and flickering wicks of the world.
To many, it can seem like Jesus and Christianity are good enough for others, but there isn’t enough to make them want to change, or give up their lives. But Jesus doesn’t give us this option. In this talk, Jeremy helps us wrestle with Jesus’ words, and his challenge to overturn each of our lives.
As we farewell Marcus, Anna and Reuben in their commissioning service, Sam reminds us of Jesus’ deep love for those who need it most, and how essential this is for everyone to live with, from the ends of our toes to the ends of the earth.
Jesus teaches his disciples and us that we can’t expect to be treated any better than he was. Rob from BST takes us through this difficult part of God’s word, where we’re challenged with being treated like our Lord was.