Do You Choose Your Own Way? I am completely aware that Jesus' teachings are the dead opposite of what makes sense and what we want to do. People often declare Jesus a revolutionary. They love to point to His temple cleansings and argue that Jesus would have straightened out city hall, or local, state, and federal governments. But that is incorrect. Jesus did not waste his time on those corrupt institutions. He challenged people within them. Jesus did not cleanse the Roman Praetorium in Jerusalem. He cleansed the temple.
Jesus was a revolutionary and this is why. You are the Temple that needs cleansing. You are the table that gets flipped. Jesus has the nerve to speak to you directly and say, “This is the way! Everything else is wrong. It’s not the way to God or peace or anything good. I AM THE WAY!”
Will You Choose Jesus' Way? Moment by moment, day by day, will you trust Jesus' teachings to guide and inform you? He says to love your enemies. He teaches us to rejoice when we are persecuted for His name's sake. He teaches us to forgive and infect the world with forgiveness and freedom. Jesus teaches a way that is different than what you know and believe. So what will you do?
In fact, in light of what we have discussed today, are you willing to be sad? What if sadness is the chasm between my present pain and my future peace? If Jesus says that mourning is how you find joy, will you believe Him? You see, that’s what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. He teaches us the way, and we walk in it, especially when it doesn’t make sense.