Jesus the Christ Chapter 6

Ah history. I do love it. And I mean that totally seriously, I’m not being facetious, the context and background of things really is useful- especially in this case. (Beside it just being really interesting on its own. So many factions, trying to be in charge!)

That being said, I don’t have a lot to say about it. This jumped out at me, because it’s been on my mind recently:
“The religion of the time was a matter of ceremony and formality, of ritual and performance; it had lost the very spirit of worship…”. I’m in the process of trying to sort out how to make my church going experience more worship-full. I think it’s interesting that it’s such a easy trap to fall into- putting the ritual before the God it’s supposed to honor. It ties into another thing that stood out to me, that the Pharisees and Sadducees were basically making a false idol out of the law, to such a degree that they didn’t recognize the Christ the law was pointing toward. I’ll be pondering that tomorrow as I sit in Sacrament meeting, trying to get Z to be quiet- will I be shushing her because “you’re supposed to be reverent in Sacrament meeting”, or will I be actively helping her learn about Jesus?

What stood out to you?

5 thoughts on “Jesus the Christ Chapter 6

  1. i love me some history too 🙂 and i think it is fascinating (and hard and authentic and a sign of integrity) to think about why you do what at church. good luck maryanne!

    the very beginning was significant to me, about how human history and time itself is divided into before jesus and after jesus. there are times in my personal life like that (joining the church is one of those moments for me) and in my public life (September 11th). i would like to focus on the epoch making force christ can be in my life; he can transform me into the ultimate before and after, if i’ll let him. and i would like to let him.

  2. Maryanne on

    “i would like to focus on the epoch making force christ can be in my life; he can transform me into the ultimate before and after, if i’ll let him.”

    Ooh, I love this!

  3. I kind of feel stupid and slow… 🙂 I found my copy of the book but I seem to perpetually be two chapters behind. I keep thinking I’ll sit down and read the two chapters but then I either fall asleep or my brain starts turning to mush. Honestly, it has been years since I have read anything this intense and brain involved (besides my scriptures). It is a bit of an eye opening experience. I can’t let my brain get this lazy again!!!

    OK, this has nothing to do with this chapter. Oh well…

    I am really enjoying reading this book though. It has given me a lot to ponder and I’m only four chapters into it!

  4. Maryanne on

    Jess, feel free to comment on the chapter you’re on, we keep going back and discussing things from them, so jump on in! Whether you catch up or not- talk with us!

  5. Jessica, I totally second Maryanne; I know I’d love to hear your thoughts on whatever chapter! This stuff is challenging, and I’m glad to have buddies reading along too 🙂

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