Our perpetual struggle is blindness. Not physical blindness. Mental or spiritual blindness. From claims of conspiracy theories to fake news, we don’t like hearing what is counter to what we hold dear. And here is some news that isn’t fake: it is like this all the time. Everywhere.
In Mark 8, Jesus begins to deal with spiritual blindness in his disciples. There will be a series of very direct encounters for three episodes. He will challenge them with what they want to hear… and what they need to hear.
When he asks who they think he is and they answer, “Messiah,” that’s a good thing. And they like knowing that. Yet, when Messiah reveals what is next, it’s not what they want to hear.
31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
There are always things we like to hear… and things we need to hear. The intense call of discipleship is to hear clearly what Jesus is saying and follow. We can’t be content in our comfortable echo chambers and then declare something that isn’t “good” to us being “fake news.” We have to understand what Jesus is saying and respond.
Lord, I like to hear what I consider “good news.” When you present something off my radar, I balk far too often. Help me HEAR what you are saying. Help me to follow, even with a little trepidation in my heart. I am yours.