Thought for the Day: We tend to typecast the religious leaders at the time of Jesus, viewing them as hypocritical and out to get Jesus, but that wasn’t necessarily true of everyone. Our tendency as human beings is to view the world in categories, but people rarely fit the categories we create. This religious leader, even if it was for selfish reasons, came and knelt before Jesus. He was convinced that Jesus could bring his daughter back to life. Could it be that this religious leader had been, at one time, in complete agreement with other religious leaders in regard to Jesus? They did not like him and wanted him out of the picture. And then, without notice, illness and death came to this man’s home. Suddenly that event had him seeing Jesus in a completely different light. Even if it was only a slim possibility that Jesus could revive his daughter, it was worth a shift in how he viewed Jesus. It is strange how desperation can have us looking where we never imagined we’d look, and even more surprisingly, discovering what we never imagined we’d find.
Prayer: Create within me, Holy God, a capacity to see beyond the many categories that have been imposed upon our world. Surprise me, as you so often have, for I desire to see Jesus in a way that I have never seen him before. Amen.
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