Week 13 Chapter 9 D
The Galilean Crisis: “How deep is your Love”?
Jesus often spoke in cryptic ways. On the surface, and from an earthly perspective, what he said often sounded crass and crude. Ironically, in order to “feel the love” that Jesus has for His people, one has to move through what seems “harsh” on the fleshly surface to the profound spiritual meaning underneath. This can only happen with true intimacy. People around me that think I am an extrovert often amuse me. While my outward behavior might indicate, I am one; those who know me are acutely aware of my real nature. For me, it has been a test to see who is paying attention, and who my real friends are. I am, however, a frail and sinful human. Jesus is not; He is God incarnate, and while He tests us, He has no need to discern who His real friends are. Jesus can read minds and hearts. Why then, would He be so blunt and try to expose people’s hearts? It is for them of course! Jesus said and did the things He did to show the people where they were, and where they needed to go to get the better relationship. Instead of settling for the temporary “feel good” manna, they could have the eternal bread that feeds forever.
They always had that choice! C.S. Lewis once said that God never sends anyone to hell; people choose it. As hard as that is to believe, it is quite plausible. In our shallow and self-serving ways, we reject every good gift God gives us. We do not want Him to be the judge of what is good for us; how dare He do that!
We want to rule over our own lives and if loving God takes away from looking out for number one, we do not want it. We do not want to ‘go deep’ in relationships. We just want to party! Of course, we want his love to go deep for us! We just do not want it to cost us anything, even if it means a Christ-less eternity. Why think about that now? Our version of “how deep is your love” is “what have you done for me lately?” How deep is YOUR love? See You Next Time.