(Numbers 1-2, Mark 3:1-21)
And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. (Mark 3:4-5 ESV)
The Jesus of the scriptures is much more complicated than the two dimensional version preached from most pulpits. He’s confrontational. He’s curious. He’s responsive. We affect him: by our answers to His questions, by our responsiveness, or our lack of it.
This shouldn’t shock us. Our God is moved by us. He has given us the most significant place within His own heart. We move God. We can arouse His compassion, or provoke His anger. We move God! It’s astounding!
I think maybe we are uncomfortable with this idea. To some extent, many of us, though we would never admit it, would prefer a far-off God. For some, the idea that we could have any effect on the heart of Jesus is troublesome. But you see, this is what relationship is all about. Christianity is not one-dimensional. It’s not a theology quiz. Christianity is about loving the man Christ Jesus, and following Him, talking with Him, yielding to Him, everyday. May God move our hearts. And we come to know that we move Him.