Monday, February 1, 2010

Silencing His Critics

Below is the daily Bible reading I am doing for West Side. If you would like to follow along, please feel free to join us.

Jesus used many tactics in his day. Sometimes he would tell stories. Some times he was creative, other times he used present day illustrations. Other times he would ask questions. Jesus was a master. In today’s reading (Matthew 22) we see Jesus perfecting his craft.

Several times Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees and Seduces. He sees through their disguise. He knows their hearts and knows that they are trying to trap him. However each time he knows exactly what to say and do to counteract their disguises.

While Jesus stepped on the toes of the ruling class, and while Jesus silenced his critics, he answered the questions of those with pure hearts. Those seeking true knowledge, seeking to be closer to Christ, their hearts were turned, their hearts were changed. Jesus was revolutionary in his time. He opened the kingdom of God to the least expected and shut out those who thought they had a first class ticket in.

I think Jesus calls us to be revolutionary followers of him. To be called a disciple means to follow the leader’s teachings and actions. If we are going to be disciples of Christ, we are called to be like Christ. Jesus was revolutionary, we too must be revolutionary.

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