*For anyone just joining us, this post is in conjunction with the Jesus Book Club (so named by Brandy)- a casual group reading books about Christ. Feel free to jump in and read with us, or just comment on the discussion. *
Some great things to think about:
I LOVE that Christ at the well forgot His thirst in His desire to teach. I think there’s something to be learned from that- He didn’t say, “Give me some water and then I’ll impart a great truth to you”, He inconvenienced Himself to take advantage of a great opportunity to serve. Do I do that? I don’t think I do it often enough.
It’s compelling that the woman at the well, once Christ had made His identity clear to her, “must regard Him thereafter as either an impostor or the Messiah.” There was no other choice, and there really is no other choice for us.
I say this somewhat facetiously, but somewhat not- don’t you find it surprising that Christ never just lost it and said “Sheesh people, stop thinking so literally! No, I don’t have secret food hidden somewhere, I’m talking about spiritual nourishment! C’mon, have you never heard of a metaphor? I use them all the time, get with it!”
I love the insight given from the story of the man of Capurnaum whose son was dying. He finally got the answer from Christ that He would be healed, and then He leisurely went home instead of rushing there. He had enough trust that Christ could do what He had said, and not just that He could do it, but that He would do it. I need to ponder on which of Christ’s promises I truly deep believe, and which I need to work on taking at His word; and think about what that trust looks like.
Interesting, interesting stuff about demoniacal possession. I thought this was really thought provoking:
“their remembrance of the scenes that had culminated in their expulsion from heaven was quickened by the presence of the Christ, though He stood in a body of flesh.” How well do those spirits remember the pre-existence on a regular basis? Has it largely faded over time (mercifully, probably) and are they just continuing behavior because it’s just what they do now? Are they still mad, vengeful? Or just desperate for a physical experience? And were there more instances of demoniacal possession at the time of Christ in response to His being alive and ministering on the Earth?
What were your thoughts on reading the chapter? Jess, are you caught up to us? Anyone else jumping in?
The whole topic, however, is thought provoking t