My friend Brandon asked me to guest post over at his blog, Big B: Amplifying God’s Kingdom, while he’s away on a mission trip. He is 16 and already he has more wisdom (and is a much better writer) than I was at his age.
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Here is an excerpt from the post:
Jesus Is Weird
Have you ever thought about how weird Jesus is?
It sounds blasphemous, but read through the gospels and the first thing you should notice is how weird the guy is.
My Bible study has been reading through the book of Mark and in chapters 4 and 5 alone Jesus does some really weird stuff:
- He yells at a storm (4:35–41) (and the storm listens to him!)
- He confronts an army. (5:1–13) (The army of thousands freaks out when it sees Jesus and begs him not murder them!)
- He tells a man he’ll cure his daughter who is moments from death, and on the way he ignores the situation so he can talk to a woman who didn’t want to talk to him anyway. (5:21–34)
- His conversation keeps him long enough that the dying girl dies. Jesus tells the doctors that she’s only sleeping; he gets mad when they don’t believe him; and then he tells the girl to get up…which she does! (5:35–43).
There is one word for that kind of behavior: weird.