The cost of following

Daily reading: Luke 7:18-35
Wednesday February 15, 2017

Focus passage:  John’s disciples informed him about all these things.  John called two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord.  They were to ask him, “Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for someone else?”  Luke 7:18-19

On a base level, John’s question brings light to the reality that all of us struggle with the call to follow Jesus, we all seek certainty.  If John isn’t quite sure what to make of Jesus, we probably shouldn’t be all that surprised that throughout all of the gospel accounts, there is confusion.  Jesus constantly pushes against our expectations.  Jesus’ actions redefine what it means to be God’s anointed one and that is met with both delight and disappointment.

John has reached a point where he is no longer in control and he wants to know, was he faithful?  Has the anointed one of God really arrived?  Is Jesus really the Christ?  Is this imprisonment really the cost of following?

Prayer:  God, who invites us to wrestle through the night, be with us as we struggle to match our expectations with yours and know that in these moments of unrest you are working on us, transforming us into Kingdom dwellers.  Help us to be agents of justice, love and compassion in our communities.  Amen.


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