The Inside Column 6/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 06, 2013 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to all, if you are visiting we hope you feel at home, and we would love you to stay for a hot drink at the end of the service.

 

The piece that fits. How challenging, yet vitally important it is to find our place in the world and know how to act based upon this.

 

This week we consider wine in new wine skins. The image is a bit distant from current culture… ‘if the boot fits… wear it’ …has a more familiar ring to our ears. While this comes close, it is not really the same thing is it?

The idea of fit is important here. Why does it fit for the disciples to eat when others clearly expected them to fast? Mark is once again pointing us in the direction of Jesus’ identity.

In healing, forgiving, eating with sinners and questioning the current understanding of the day about the Sabbath Jesus makes few friends. He is pouring out a new and refreshing understanding of what it means to follow God. Who has the right to do such a thing?

Jesus challenges and re-interprets the spiritual/cultural assumptions and understandings of the time. What Jesus does in healing and forgiving is no small thing, but rather creates a tension and potential for upheaval.

The cultural and spiritually accepted practices were revealed as inadequate. They were missing the core heart of God for his people. Revealing a genuine authority through his actions,  Jesus challenges people to a point where they become uncomfortable. What makes you feel uncomfortable?

 

A Pharisee asked Jesus why he ate with tax collectors and sinners. It made them uncomfortable. Jesus replied to him: “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

I think this challenge remains for us as followers in the church today. In what areas do we need to hear what God is saying, and let go of our own preconceived notions in order to see the work of Christ among us?

The challenge of find our fit in Jesus is one of listening and responding  to the heart of God. What are we clinging to today? If it is not  the heart of the God, perhaps it is worth us letting go.

 

Blessings,

Jonathan

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