This is more of a PowerPoint show than a biography. A playlist of greatest hits, organised by genre.
Which of course draws attention to how things are ordered and the editing choices.
We’ve had three amazing chapters of Jesus’teaching, today is a series of his acts showing his power, and the responses.
It starts with healings, which are examples of the faith of the recipients as well as Jesus’ power.
He has power over sickness, but he is excited by those with enough faith to ask for healing. This is a practical example of the themes from the sermon. Just ask, and you will be given.
It’s so easy to forget to ask, to carry all your problems alone.
The healings are put in the context of fulfilling scriptures, as Matthew does.
Next the power over nature, (calming a storm); and the forces of darkness (sending demons from two men into pigs).
The responses vary. The non Jewish Centurion earns counter-intuitive praise from Jesus for his faith. The Roman military commander recognised power when he saw it.
The disciples aren’t quite there yet, they are amazed at Jesus’ command of the weather. “Who is this man?”. You wonder who they thought when they dropped everything and followed him. Maybe they thought it would be just for a few days or a week, to find out what “fishers of men” meant.
The locals want rid of him. The herd of pigs full of demons, running into the sea is the last straw. Jesus? Not in my backyard!
The contrast in attitude of Jewish people and the Roman hangs over it. Though this book is clearly a quite specific plea to Jews to consider Jesus, it has been accused of being antisemitic. That tension will come back.
For my part, I’m not sure if a certain depression is making me feel sick, or sickness is making me feel depressed. But I’m sad and struggling to stay motivated, and my throat hurts.
Not majorly, yet. I’ve had a quite producive and enjoyable two days not working. What bliss that is! Did some DIY. I’m also just out of practice having so much self-directed time.
But the rest of my family do seem happier than me. I’ll pray for healing, just ask.
Started looking for jobs, did a work sheet about my purpose in life that a salvo friend sent me. It encouraged me to look outside myself. I’m going to his retirement afternoon tea on the weekend. I’m enjoying feeling open to new experiences.