What Were They Thinking?

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Judges 9-10; Luke 5:17-39

17 One day when Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and legal experts were sitting nearby. They had come from every village in Galilee and Judea, and from Jerusalem. Now the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal. 18 Some men were bringing a man who was paralyzed, lying on a cot. They wanted to carry him in and place him before Jesus, 19 but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd. So they took him up on the roof and lowered him—cot and all—through the roof tiles into the crowded room in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.”

21 The legal experts and Pharisees began to mutter among themselves, “Who is this who insults God? Only God can forgive sins!”

22 Jesus recognized what they were discussing and responded, “Why do you fill your minds with these questions? 23  Which is easier—to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24  But so that you will know that the Human One[a] has authority on the earth to forgive sins” —Jesus now spoke to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, get up, take your cot, and go home.” 25 Right away, the man stood before them, picked up his cot, and went home, praising God.

26 All the people were beside themselves with wonder. Filled with awe, they glorified God, saying, “We’ve seen unimaginable things today.”

I am wondering when it will happen this year. Every year, about this time, the Bishop and district superintendents  shuffle the deck and deal a new hand as it were. While the overwhelming majority of us will stay right where we are for the year to come. Those who will move on to other places of service will begin the new work in July. But, it is during this time of year, right around Easter, when I hear one or more of my colleagues say (about the bishop and district superintendents, “What were they thinking?” in regard to the appointment of a particular pastor to a certain church. Of course we all think we can do better than those who are tasked with actually doing the job.

There are any number of situations where we can ask the question, “What were they thinking?”  A person treats the interstate highway like the German autobahn. What were they thinking? They want to burn back the grass in a field on a day with a 25 mile per hour wind. What were they thinking. They are out playing golf in the rain with plenty of lightening in the sky. What were they thinking (Right Lee Trevino?)? Wearing white after Labor Day. What were they thinking. Cutting a hole in someone’s roof to lower a buddy down to get healed by Jesus. What were they thinking?

Actually that last one is a bit easier to understand than some of the others. What were they thinking? They were thinking, “I love my friend and I am not going to let anything stand in the way of getting him in front of Jesus to find healing, certainly not something like a roof.”

So, how far are willing to go to get a friend in front of Jesus? Not that far? Well, what are we thinking? They need Jesus.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


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