As I prepared to teach yesterday in our hospital chapel, I was reading through one of the texts for the day, from Luke 4. I was captured by the word “rage” in part of the passage:
And all the people in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and brought Him to the crest of the hill on which their city had been built, so that they could throw Him down from the cliff. But He passed through their midst and went on His way.
As you know, we’ve been studying Mark. In the early part of that book there are 5 stories of people pointing out problems with what Jesus is doing. By the fifth stories, groups start to form to figure out how to kill him.
In this story, he is doing his work of teaching and preaching and people get made at him for what he is saying.
I think that we are so in love with the idea of people loving Jesus and him being so peace-loving and kind, that we forget that people got mad at him. When he didn’t do what they thought he should do, they got mad. When he did what they thought he shouldn’t do, they got mad. When he called them out for what they were thinking, they got mad.
So apparently, being as good as God doesn’t mean people will be happy with you. It probably means that people will get mad at you. Or be frustrated with you.
This isn’t of course, about how people get mad at us when we think we are speaking for Jesus. I think I’m thinking about how we get mad at him. It’s not a new thing. It is worth reflecting about.