“Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.” Luke 19:47-48 NIV
Imagine a group of people wanting to harm you but can’t get physical access to you because there’s a mob of other people literally hanging on to your every words. That’s the picture we have of Jesus as he teaches at the Temple.
I wonder what about his message was so compelling to have people tracking that closely. Was he using parables? Jokes? Sermons? Memes? Was it about Jesus himself or about the hunger of the people? One can only speculate but I’m guessing it was a combination.
Jesus has always marveled people with his message, but not all the people received it equally enthusiastic. Something tells me this crowd was present, ready, and in need. These are 3 characteristics I fumble regularly. Instead of being present I’m usually daydreaming or thinking what I’m going to say next. Instead of ready I’m usually distracted by my own judgmental mind. Instead of being in touch with my need I tend to think myself as above the fray and then exception’.
The message and the messenger is the same. It is the recipient (me/us) who change. Let us emulate this crowd and hang on to the word of God.
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