Summary: The ups and downs in life.
Questioning Jesus - The Tempter
February 10, 2008
Not long after Jesus gives an inspiring - revolutionary - spell-bounding speech on what it is that he represents
-what it is he is about.
-what he is for.
A teacher of the law - a man with a good mind - a man who thinks well - a man who isn’t given to acting on a whim or carelessly. An expert/teacher of the law approaches Jesus - being so moved by him and says, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."
You Teacher - the one who just inspired me.
Spoke to my heart.
Spoke truth I was longing to hear.
"Teacher Jesus, wherever you go, I want to go."
"I want to get in on
become involved in what you are setting up and beginning."
"Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." (Matthew 8:19)
Jesus’ response isn’t - sure - no problem
Come follow - it’s that easy.
I appreciate your desire - come.
I’m just beginning - I’ll take anyone at this point.
Jesus doesn’t say that. What he says to this interested, excited, I’m willing guy is,
"foxes have holes
and birds of the air have nests
BUT the Son of Man has no place to lay his head." (Matthew 8:20)
What’s Jesus telling him?
It isn’t going to be easy.
It isn’t a yellow brick road.
It isn’t all what it appears to be.
I don’t have a place to lay my head.
Are you sure that you want to be part of something like that?
And the man’s response? We don’t know. Matthew doesn’t tell us.
We sometimes call this man’s desire
His noble ambitions
The honeymoon period.
You know the beginning time when everything looks good
It’s the nothing could go bad - the nothing could go wrong. It’s "all good" period of time.
Yes sweetie, I’ll serve you.
I’ll help you.
I’ll turn off the TV and do dishes and vacuum the floor.
It’s the honeymoon time.
Jobs have this period of time.
A time when you boss and co-workers are wonderful.
A time when your office seems big
Or the work not too hard and even a little enjoyable.
Jobs have honeymoon times.
Parenting does as well.
Little Johnny or Sally is born and you put a blue or pink hat on them
And their new outfit on and they drool on it
But that’s o.k. because they are so adorable.
And then their diaper overflows and stains the outfit and it’s o.k.
Family vacations have honeymoon periods for a mile or two
When everyone is excited.
Getting a new car, a new apartment or house, a new animal - each comes with a honeymoon chapter.
But the reality hits
And we question if our spouse, boss, child is the same person.
That once shiny car begins to drip oil and that house needs its roof patched and the animals can become more expensive than you kids.
It’s easy to say sign me up.
I’m committed to becoming a husband.
An employee here.
That’s the easy part but living into a fulfilling those roles can be hazardous to everyone’s health.
"Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." The man said.
And Jesus says, you better think twice about that.
I won’t let you jump into this so fast.
It isn’t as rosy as it appears.