No wonder He caused a ruckus....
I've been speed-reading the Gospels. Well, not necessarily speed reading, but definetly plowing through them more quickly than I normally do. I've read Matthew, Mark & most of Luke in the last few days, and when reading them quickly, I'm sensing something I don't when I 'nibble' at the text as is my norm: Jesus packed an amazing amount of activity in three years of public ministry.
When you think of it, three years ago was not that long ago. It was just a hair short of three years ago that Florida was flipping coins between George Bush II and Al gore. Elian Gonzales being snatched from his family's home and shipped back to Cuba? About three years ago. Both of those events seem like they happened yesterday - point being, three years passes quickly.
Given the narrow sliver on the timeline, Jesus did a phenomenal amount of work...the healings, the miracles, the leadership principles outlined to his followers. If he walked the earth today, he'd be offered an advance by Simon & Schuster and be a sought-after guest on late night talk shows. Until he made us uncomfortable with his piercing words.
"What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetops."
"This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miracle, but none will be given except the sign of Johah."
"Martha, Martha...you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better...."
Yes, if He walked the earth today, I think He'd get the same reception....which only points to the universal problem man must deal with - his own inability to process truth without Help.
2000 years ago or this morning, I'm just glad He comes.