- The earthly ministry of Jesus was marked by near constant conflict. If He wasn’t arguing with the disciples, He was arguing with the Pharisees. If not the Pharisees, it was the priests and the scribes. But interestingly enough, when it came to the masses, His approach was much softer, much more inclusive. So I’m left with the impression that He relationship with leaders (both those that He was training and those that He was critiquing) was exceptionally tough. So what do you think? Do you think Jesus’ attitude towards leaders was tougher that His attitude towards the masses? And what might this mean for us as leaders in the church?
- The second thing I noticed was the unbelievable power that was manifested in His public ministry. Almost everywhere He went, the blind were being given their sight, demons were being cast out, the paralyzed were walking, etc… Interestingly enough, I started to make the connection between His power and the public’s interest in His ministry. For the first time, I was able to put myself in the Story and I was struck by the realization that I absolutely would have gone to see the Man who worked these miracles.
- The third thing I noticed is actually a bit disconcerting at the moment. If I knew nothing of the writings of Paul, or Peter, or John, and all I had to go one was the public ministry of Jesus, I’m not sure I’d actually be considered a disciple. When I look at those that He describes as being “in” the Kingdom versus those that He describes as being on the “outside,” I’m not sure I measure up. There is a really high cost to discipleship, and I don’t feel as if my life is measuring up to the standards our Savior proscribes …
So what about you guys? What’s standing out to you in your readings?