Twenty Sixth Sunday
Who was this outsider that he’d figured out the significance, if not the identity, of Jesus?
“But he’s not one of us” the disciples complain.
He wasn’t part of the twelve. He didn’t have the benefit of sharing intimately in Jesus inner circle. Yet here he is, ministering in the power of Jesus.
Here we glimpse the wonder of the Father’s revelation which is always capable of catching us offside so to speak. The Father is full of surprises!
Jesus corrects his inner circle; he may not be one of us in the sense that he’s not physically present in this group, but he knows me… and that’s all he needs.
Essentially this passage is teaching us that Jesus is everything, that knowing and recognizing him is everything – not the group we belong to – and that giving a cup of water to someone just because she belongs to Christ is hugely significant because the giving of the water is really about the recognition of Jesus.
The recognition of Jesus is everything.
But then Jesus turns his attention to sin, to the power that is his absolute opposite.
That he swings so suddenly – almost violently – to bring up his opposite suggests he wants us to hear what he has to say.
It’s Jesus shock!
It’s shock tactics so he can get our attention – “thrown into the sea with a great millstone round his neck… cut off your hand… tear out your eye…”
It’s a shocking message, hyperbole obviously, but nonetheless a very simple message that Jesus really wants us to hear.
Do not sin.
Sin – without repentance – is the highway to hell!