Throwing Jesus Off a Cliff

Erik Cooper —  April 28, 2011 — 1 Comment

I was always the good kid. Easy to discipline. The rule keeper.

Don’t believe me? Ask my mom.

I hated the uncomfortable feeling of being in trouble, so I rarely strayed too far from the path. Always do what’s expected, and you can avoid a lot of tension. Decide to go Lindsey Lohan, and….well…

That was my power play, the way I avoided pain. The rules ruled.

Which makes me wonder how I would’ve handled Jesus.

Jesus was a rule breaker. He messed with normal. He created tension (still does).

In Luke 4, Jesus is teaching in His home-town synagogue. He makes a few supercharged statements that challenge the religious and cultural assumptions of His day. The response seems more like a scene from an Al Pacino movie than the Bible:

“That set everyone in the meeting place seething with anger. They threw him out, banishing him from the village, then took him to a mountain cliff at the edge of the village to throw him to his doom, but he gave them the slip and was on his way.” –Luke 4:28-30 MSG

Did you catch that? Jesus throws a fastball at their rules for understanding God, and they try throw Him off a cliff. No Donald Trump “you’re fired.” No Jeff Probst “the tribe has spoken.” Straight to cliff throwing!

Which got me thinking…

If Jesus and I had lunch today, what would He say that might cause me to contemplate shoving Him into moving traffic?

How about you?

One response to Throwing Jesus Off a Cliff

  1. Hearing Him quote to me the last part of Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV): “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'” OUCH………..

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