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Reflecting on Jesus otherness in our discipleship.
Luke 6:17-19 - 17
“He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.”
When we think of the word discipleship it is good to remember it is about our state of being. Our discipleship is how we live, the decisions we make, the things we believe, the way we relate to God and others.
Discipleship means being a student, a learner, a follower this is more than turning up to moments of study it is an ongoing state of being.
In the ancient world, being a learner, a student was about being in the atmosphere of your teacher, the Rabbi. It was about sharing time, experiences, and hearing what they had to say on the move. It was more about soaking up the atmosphere, being present, attentive and alert to the next moment of learning. What is the Rabbi doing now, what is the Rabbi saying now, and where is he leading us now?
When we read the scriptures, it is important to remember the disciples were literally following Jesus into extraordinary circumstances. The disciples became aware of Jesus otherness as they saw miracles, moved across cultural barriers, and witnessed his life unfold, his death atone, and his resurrection empower.
The disciples find themselves consistently in Jesus’ company with one another. It is good for us to keep the company of other disciples to encourage us. It is good to be in the company of Jesus through reading scripture. It is good to be aware of the presence of the Father and the son in our lives through the Holy Spirit. We need to be attentive to where Jesus is going, where Jesus is leading us.
Jesus may lead us to the unexpected and unlikely, for us to bring action and relationship into being.
We need to be alert and aware of Jesus otherness in our family life, our work place, and our church life.
As members of Melbourn Baptist, we need to look at Jesus otherness, as we look to rebuild the hall, move forward in youth and children’s work, and worship Jesus in our ongoing church life together.
We need to be aware of the otherness of Jesus as we follow the Rabbi and learn what Jesus wants to teach us as disciples.