Astounded. Amazed. Astonished. Awestruck. Overwhelmed. Knocked clean out of their socks! Fame. The X Factor! Star Quality! Whatever you call it – He has ”it” by the bucket-full!
When the sabbath came, Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching – with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. Mark 1:21-28
One thought: Jesus works in the here and now. In the today. In the moment. Everywhere you read of Him that is what He does – that is who He is. He is connected in the now
And one question: why do we so readily live in the passive. In the yearning. In hope. The tomorrow. The reward for what we have sacrificed today. Why are we so disconnected. from the now?
So when it comes to all this … Astounded. Amazed. Astonished. Awestruck. Overwhelmed. Knocked clean out of their socks! Fame. The X Factor! Star Quality! Whatever you call it – He has ”it” by the bucket-full … “God stuff”:
Why do we still look for it in others – yet never ourselves? Why do we still yearn for that touch, that connection, that fleeting moment of “thin places” with God – yet never realise our Lord already lives within 365/24/7? Why do we pray for miracles as though they were beyond us and God – yet never see the miracle of life and our re-creation each day? Why do we stand around the edge of the dance-floor – living as dutiful wallflowers? Distant from all the excitement and energy and love and tears – all the mistakes and certainties our living offers – being “good Christians” who prefer to wait for our eternal dance partner when the music stops? Why do we not see our Lord and Father on the dance-floor with all the moves – the shimmies – the shammies and the fantabulous whammies? Why do we never see Him inviting us to shimmy with Him – with all His creations? And if not –
Why do we yearn for that same connection – yet settle for the safe lukewarm “disconnect” of duty today?
Jesus never went looking for the Lost World, the sinners, the ones who would never believe in a trillion years. They came to Him. The “unclean spirits” came to Him. Even they recognised Him. Even they begged Him to save them.
So just what makes me different – what makes you different?
All we who have been happily saved – have given our life (and soul) to our God? Why don’t others seek us out because they are astounded amazed astonished awestruck overwhelmed knocked clean out of their socks?
The answer is always love – particularly when we don’t. Maybe.