Friday, March 20, 2009

Luke 9 - Frustration

Did Jesus get frustrated? When Peter kept putting his foot in his mouth, did Jesus wonder if he would ever really get it? When the people kept coming to him for healings and feedings, did he get start to think they would never understand why he was truly there?

Jesus comes down from the mount and the transfiguration (where Peter had once again inserted his foot squarely into his mouth) and is immediately confronted by people desiring healing. His response is jarring, “O unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I stay with you and put up with you?” Ouch. Jesus certainly seems frustrated here. Why else would he respond in such a way?

On one hand, it is very comforting to me to think that Jesus was frustrated by people, because He certainly knows that I get frustrated by people. On the other hand, how often have I been the one causing the frustration?

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