Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lenten Reading Mark 9: 38-50

Mark 9: 38-50

Those who say the bible is literally true might have some trouble explaining this passage to their friends. Cutting off your feet and chopping off hands are not rational responses to dealing with sin. In fact, they’re downright dangerous.

But then again, who ever said that following Jesus was rational?

Of course, Jesus is talking in hyperbole, using extreme language to make a simple point. “Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’ll fall into temptation.”

On the surface that sounds reasonable, doable. If you look at it more deeply, it’s harder than it sounds. Unless, as Jesus suggests, we pluck out our eyes, plug our ears, and live underground, temptation will always be with us.

Maybe that’s the point Jesus was trying to get at. We CAN’T escape temptation. If we could, then we wouldn’t need Jesus.

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