“That’s just crazy!”, we say when we hear or see something that is so out of the normal way we know. My co teacher/friend says this to kids every time we perform an experiment that amazes them while teaching a new scientific fact or principle. “Can you believe it?” We love doing jaw dropping openers or closers to our teaching for this grabs the attention and gets young minds ready to learn.
Jesus is accused of some jaw-dropping “crazy talk” as he gets hearts and souls engaged and ready to learn more about Him and the Heavenly Father He serves. He is on mission from the Father to bring them back to God. Jesus goes into detailed explanation. There is a split in the ranks. He is either crazy, a maniac, or sent from God.
John 10, The Message
19-21 This kind of talk caused another split in the Jewish ranks. A lot of them were saying, “He’s crazy, a maniac—out of his head completely. Why bother listening to him?” But others weren’t so sure: “These aren’t the words of a crazy man. Can a ‘maniac’ open blind eyes?”
22-24 They were celebrating Hanukkah just then in Jerusalem. It was winter. Jesus was strolling in the Temple across Solomon’s Porch. The Jews, circling him, said, “How long are you going to keep us guessing? If you’re the Messiah, tell us straight out.”
25-30 Jesus answered, “I told you, but you don’t believe. Everything I have done has been authorized by my Father, actions that speak louder than words. You don’t believe because you’re not my sheep. My sheep recognize my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them real and eternal life. They are protected from the Destroyer for good. No one can steal them from out of my hand. The Father who put them under my care is so much greater than the Destroyer and Thief. No one could ever get them away from him. I and the Father are one heart and mind.”
31-32 Again the Jews picked up rocks to throw at him. Jesus said, “I have made a present to you from the Father of a great many good actions. For which of these acts do you stone me?”
33 The Jews said, “We’re not stoning you for anything good you did, but for what you said—this blasphemy of calling yourself God.”
34-38 Jesus said, “I’m only quoting your inspired Scriptures, where God said, ‘I tell you—you are gods.’ If God called your ancestors ‘gods’—and Scripture doesn’t lie—why do you yell, ‘Blasphemer! Blasphemer!’ at the unique One the Father consecrated and sent into the world, just because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I don’t do the things my Father does, well and good; don’t believe me. But if I am doing them, put aside for a moment what you hear me say about myself and just take the evidence of the actions that are right before your eyes. Then perhaps things will come together for you, and you’ll see that not only are we doing the same thing, we are the same—Father and Son. He is in me; I am in him.”
39-42 They tried yet again to arrest him, but he slipped through their fingers. He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first baptized, and stayed there. A lot of people followed him over. They were saying, “John did no miracles, but everything he said about this man has come true.” Many believed in him then and there.
Who do we say Jesus is? Let’s read the next passage one more time, as if we are reading for the first time and commit to one side or the other. There are only two sides. He is our Savior, Lord and King…or He is not.
Believe and be saved forever. Live the crazy walk and talk the crazy talk that is not of this world but is of the next. We do not have to beat people over their heads with our Bibles, we will stand out in this world by humbly serving others, even those who do not like us and boldly staying close to the whisper of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. What does this look like, specifically?
–Show up in your life’s work, on time, with a smile on your face. —Do it as if the Master were right next to You.
–Do it with enthusiasm as if you are doing it for our Lord, not for personal accolades, not even for the “feel good” emotion but for the smile of Jesus.
–Love others like God loves us…all others, even our enemies…I know crazy, right?
–See what you can do for others before others serve you.
–Help out before being asked. We have to merely look beyond ourselves for a brief moment to know who needs help.
–Give a hug when the Spirit says to offer encouragement. We will know immediately who needs it.
–Give generously. We cannot out give God, the Father who gives generously and undeservedly to us. Why would we not give/share what God has given so freely to us?
I know this is crazy talk and a crazy walk…but that’s how it is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Perfect Example in which to follow.
Dear Heavenly Father, Your Word, oh my, it touches our hearts and causes us to evaluate our lives once again. We repent of frowns where there could have been smiles. We repent of selfishness that caused missed opportunities to please you and make you smile with our actions in this world. Help us to stand out simply by being your child. Thank you for living in us so we can live for You! In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.