God In the WWE!
January 15

On Sunday, one of our readings was Matthew's version of Jesus' baptism. I feel like this is one of those classic Sunday School stories that we all heard growing up and have an image of it in our heads. What stood out for me this time was when John gives in to Jesus' request. The dialogue picks up halfway through the encounter, initially all we have is Jesus' intentions and John's response. John says, "I need to be baptized by you!" (How crazy would it be to argue with Jesus!)  But, after Jesus responds, John gives in and does what Jesus requests. 

John gave in.

How good are you at giving in? Are you open to a different approach or willing to admit when maybe your idea isn't the best? Are you okay with that, or will you fight for your way until your last breath? I worry too many of us are pretty resistant to ideas and views that differ from our own. Whether it's our egos or our insecurities that get in the way, we just might die on that hill. Can we give in to God? Imagine if John had stood his ground and not baptized Jesus? Would Jesus need to do a Jedi-Obi-Wan-type mind trick on John so that it was done? If we are going to give in to anyone, I’ve got to think God is a pretty good one to give in to.  So, what does that look like?

In the Old Testament, Jacob wrestles with God and he is unwilling to let God go. In the garden, Jesus prays to God but ultimately says, "Your will be done." I don't think God approaches these crossroads the same way that we do. I don't think God sees them as a standoff, a “my way or the highway” type situation. God is always adapting to us and the messes that we create, but God is also always hoping that we will be open to what God hopes for our lives instead of what we are hell-bent on keeping. Will we give in? Can we give in? 

Maybe because of my love of pro-wrestling, I like to think of God having us in a submission hold just waiting for us to give in, but that really isn't the God I know. Instead, we have a God with otherworldly patience who continues to wait for us, no matter how long we resist and how hard we fight.  And when we finally give in, we find ourselves in God's hands and there's no better place we could ever be. May we have the faith to give in to God because that's far better than anything we could ever come up with. May this surrender lead to peace.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris  

Last Published: January 21, 2020 5:34 PM