Thought for The Day – Friday 21st May

The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

“You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Matthew 26: 63b – 64

People knew Jesus as Joseph’s son from Nazareth. They knew his mother, father and siblings and may even have been in their house. For all we know the High Priest might have a set of chairs made by Joseph the carpenter from Nazareth in his house. How could people who saw him as Joseph’s son take seriously his claim to also be God’s son? People expected to see a carpenter’s son so that is what they saw. This was a constant struggle which you can see demonstrated here.

Often our own inner prejudices limit us without even realising it. Do we expect God to be active in the world around us or do we expect God to live in the pages of Bible stories? The same stories we have lived with our entre lives can become limits on God’s movement in the world. Each new day we need to work to free God from our own limitations. Don’t put God in a box of your making!

Prayer: Father I have known you my entire life. I expect you to work in ways I am used to. Yet you are a God of the miraculous! Open my eyes to all the possible ways of seeing you today.

Action: Try to recognise when you are limiting God.

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