I think this is a little weird. For these last 7-8 weeks I’ve been dragged into looking at the concept and practice of repentance and what I’ve experienced – well, not at first, but the lingering effect – has been peace. Here it is again in today’s reading.
All hell has broken loose. Jesus is surrounded by an armed crowd. For one second some do-gooder thinks swinging a sword will help. Now there is a bloody body part on the ground. It must be loud and scary. Tough guys grab Jesus. He speaks to the ridiculousness of their methods. His friends will soon desert him and yet – “But let the Scriptures be fulfilled.” Peace.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” This is what this passage says to me about God. As a recovering perfectionist, I wrangle with the right way – kisses should not be used for betrayals, confrontations with swords should be met with bleeding ears, Jesus’ logical question should instantly change everyone’s mind. And we should fight to make all things look like God intended! God is supposed to win and it is supposed to look like…well, my definition of the right way.
Oh me, of tunnel vision, arrogant knowing and little faith.
Praise Jesus He has His own definitions, His own ways, His own plan.