Words to Live by… 5-29-16

What we encounter in Matt 11 is enough to make us rethink our whole approach to discipleship, all over again. First, we have the encounter with John’s disciples, as John, in prison and under sentence of death, asks, “Is it really you?” To which, Jesus replies, “Tell John what you’ve seen and heard. The deaf hear, the blind see, the lame walk, the dead are raised.” Then, we have to take a look at what we might call the true costs of discipleship. All this talk about regardless of how great John is, even the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater, whatever that means. And we’re assured that the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and violent men take it by force. Wow. What in the Billy Bob Joe Fred is he talking about here? And yet, if we’re truly going to walk the walk as disciples, then we’re also committed to understanding, not only the words of Jesus but understanding, too, the impact of these words on our lives.

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