“At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said …”
What do you do with a phrase like that? Written about Jesus, Son of God, Creator of the Universe and everyone and thing in it – written about THAT Jesus … ?
Shouldn’t He always be upbeat and all-knowing? Isn’t He the One who is above all these shallow emotions by which the rest of us are so often ruled? And if Jesus is subject to the forces of happiness and joy – what about depression and anger and the “dark side”?
Or did the disciples imagine and create those emotions in Jesus because that’s what “we” do? We overlay our understanding of “stuff” on stuff we do not understand – we make it human – so we make it safe – and in doing so we make it as small as we are.
There is an alternative.
That we have these emotions because (along with being physically created), we are also emotionally (and spiritually) created. Maybe.
Because it seems to me we like to own our successes and excuse our weaknesses. So in our creation – we do good – and God did bad. Any physical imperfection, disability or loss – that is God’s fault. Any strength and gold medal performance – that is down to us and our fitness/dedication regime. And where we overcome our imperfection or disability – then that is DOUBLE “we do good” against God’s did bad. And we even get asked to be on television programmes to be the evidence of that!
I like being imperfect.
It takes the pressure off. It gives me a reason for trying again and again. It allows me to try new things, different approaches, listen to different ideas and thoughts. It allows me to grow. To know I am growing. To be proud of who I am. And it allows me to accept who I am not. It allows me to seek out those who have what I do not. And it allows others to do the same with me.
I heard someone speak the other day. Someone with a disability. Talking about a programme they had seen wherein someone with “A Disability” had been asked what they would choose if they lived their life again. Would they choose to not have the “A Disability”? And the answer was that they would do it the same again if they had the choice. That they were who they were – and would wish to be the same “who they were” again – and that included the “A Disability”.
I am imperfect which means I have missing abilities.
(now just who in their right mind would factor that in to “a perfect creation”?)
The seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!’ He said to them, ‘I watched Satan fall from heaven like a flash of lightning. See, I have given you authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing will hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice at this, that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.’ At that same hour Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.’ Then turning to the disciples, Jesus said to them privately, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.’ Luke 10:17-24