For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
In Matthew chapter 20 there are four segments of the words and works of Jesus that reflect the truth of the passage from Isaiah above. First, is the kingdom parable of the laborers and the land owner. It exposes the human tendency to transfer on to God what we think He ought to consider as "fair" or "unfair" in His "affairs" with us and our fellow human beings. The next has to do with the necessity of "death and resurrection" for His new kingdom order to be established..."fainting and resuscitation" won't cut it! Then there is the power play of James and John...and their doting mother...to forever secure the most honorable seats in the kingdom of the Christ. But Jesus cuts deeply across the carnal ambitions of any who would jockey for position and power in human structures and holds out a new and radically different leadership ethic and culture for us to live out. Finally, there are the two "politically incorrect" blind beggars who, despite those trying to protect the Master from the lowly and needy who have no sense of protocol and propriety, are healed by Jesus' touch.
It's interesting to note that Jesus asked both the mother and the blind men to freely share what they wanted him to do for them. In the first case, privileged ones are basically told that their intercession was not properly informed. In the second case, Jesus was eager to lift up the broken. Christ welcomes us to freely take a seat at his table of fellowship. As we are made-over by his love and friendship...may our our flawed agendas for Divine activity gracefully give way to even better confessions and declarations in powerful prayer that embody the secrets of the Father's heart and will that the Holy Spirit whispers to our hearts as we adore and commune with the Trinity.
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