What a meal it must have been. The learned Pharisee and the lowly carpenter’s son.
Jesus – in the eyes of that Pharisee, that carpenter’s boy – first did something quite extraordinary.
He healed a man.
Then, when challenged by those who ignored the miracle and pressed him on doing wrong by healing on the Sabbath, Jesus did something equally confounding.
He told them those who thought they were great would one day be humbled – and those who were humble – would one day be exalted.
How that must have stunned them all.
That is what the Lord did though. That is what the Lord still does. He turns the world upside down. He exerts his heavenly authority – in the most humble, loving of ways.
God’s love triumphs again.
In our own troubled world it is a good reminder not to follow the seeming powerful, the self-righteous, those who believe they have everything and everyone under their thumb.
Jesus has – Jesus will – conquer them all and set right all that is wrong.
What a miraculous day that will be.
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
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