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Just jump already!

December 1, 2011

Following Jesus is hard.  Especially for the disciples he chose.  We have the benefit of the full story.  They didn’t.  Jesus rarely explained himself.  He demanded thought.  He demanded action.  He left them with unanswered questions.  He wanted them to figure it out.

It was no different on this day recorded in the Scriptures.  There is Jesus, teaching about 10,000 people.  It’s getting dark.  Everyone is far from home.  There’s no food.  Jesus’ disciples provide what seems to be prudent advise.  “This is a remote place and it’s getting late.  Send them home so they can buy food for themselves.”  I love Jesus’ curt response…

They do not need to go away.  You give them something to eat.

It’s as though they arrived at the edge of a 50ft cliff with the ocean below:

Disciples: Guess we should turn around now.

Jesus:  You should jump.

Disciples:  WHAT!  No, you jump!.

Jesus:  I asked you first

Disciples:  So. That’s crazy. I’m not jumping.

Jesus:  Alright.  I’ll jump.  (Jesus then jumps into the ocean below.)

Seriously, that’s what happened…ish.  Jesus, then realizing that his disciples weren’t going to jump, takes the 5 loaves and 2 fish and feeds everybody.

Excuses are easy…when I have more resources, the needs are too overwhelming, my contribution won’t make a difference.  None of that is necessary or true with Jesus present.  He doesn’t need us to give, but He wants us to experience what it’s like to peek over the edge, feel your stomach rise to your throat, then take a step back and go for it.  If your giving and generosity is safe and boring…you’re missing the point.  Just jump.

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