As I mentioned before, at church we’ve been challenged to read the account of Christ’s life and ministry in the scriptures, along with the companion book Jesus the Christ.
I must admit I’m finding it harder and harder as time goes on. I didn’t get to it on Saturday, and I did a whole hour of it yesterday and it’s a lot to plod through, but I did have some serious thoughts, especially on the part where Jesus chose his apostles.
I really enjoyed how Talmadge went through each of the ones Jesus chose (I’m talking Matthew, Mark, Luke and John here for those of you a bit lost). I enjoyed hearing a bit of back story, how some of them were brothers and things like that. I think its’ hard to imagine Mark or Luke as a man. They are “apostles” but it’s great to realize that Jesus picked regular old men with all the faults that you and I might have to help him in his work. Which means, we can help him just the same.
Frankly, I think Judas gets a bad rap. I feel like Jesus forgave him, and we need to let it go too. I figure his just deserts are not going to be all that great, so we should move on….
The one thing that has made me sad in this whole thing is that there is very little talk of Jesus and women. I would want to be Jesus’ friend. I am guessing he had female friends, but I wonder why they are mentioned. Personally, I don’t think that Jesus ever married because he knew what was going to happen to him, and I don’t think he’d want to put a wife through that. Also, there are the whole issues of the things married people do and how he was 1/2 God and 1/2 human… just personal thoughts. Just as I was reading it I wish that women would’ve been discussed more. Perhaps the weren’t there, and that makes me even sadder…
Anyway, the final thought is that Jesus chose normal people to help him, just like he does today. It’s the little promptings to call a friend, or to help a child that shows we are followes of Christ as well. We don’t need to be superhuman to do amazing things with our lives.