We thought we were isolated before. How about when you can’t leave the house at all? Fifteen or twenty years ago in Kansas City I could shovel a foot of snow from a driveway. I’m not going to try it now. Friday is not that far away. We can hold out.
Right now my world seems out of joint. I’m suffering not from a lack of ideas but from a multitude of ideas and my mind won’t settle on one. They say you should write something every day but it’s hard when your mind wanders.
Each of the four gospels is written from a particular viewpoint and we see things about Jesus that serve that viewpoint. If we only read one gospel, we will miss some things about Him that are important. There are denominational Jesuses and Jesuses of individual congregations. Some things are emphasised and others are ignored or soft pedaled. I need to know all of Him.
There are times when Jesus gently rebukes the disciples. He says with a wry smile,”Where is your faith?” Other times He sternly rebukes them with “Where is your faith? Don’t you remember the five thousand fed? Remember when people were healed at your touch and demons were cast out at your command?” And there are times when He just shakes His head and says, “You just don’t get it, do you?”
I like the pictures of Jesus with the lamb in His arms, Jesus surrounded by children, Jesus laughing with His disciples. There are paintings of Jesus cleansing the temple but those were bad people, right? Not me. Not us.
I need to know all of it, all of Him. Need to feel the joy and the peace. Need to hear His tender voice, His gentle rebuke, and His stern warning. I need to know Jesus.
I don’t just need to know Jesus who can make my life better. I need to know Jesus who is life.