Jesus’ teaching challenges what we think faith in God is!

But Jesus didn’t back down. “Why, then, do you think this was written: 

 That stone the masons threw out— 
 It’s now the cornerstone!?
“Anyone falling over that stone will break every bone in his body; if the stone falls on anyone, it will be a total smashup.”

The religion scholars and high priests wanted to lynch him on the spot, but they were intimidated by public opinion. They knew the story was about them. Luke 20:17-19 (The Message)

Jesus was saying that those who know a lot about God don’t necessarily know God. When he challenged their preconceptions about what God had said in their scriptures (Ps 118:22 & Isa 8:14-15) it made them mad. Jesus often challeged the preconceptions that people who knew their Bible made about him. It is spiritually healthy for us to hear him challenge us too and to accept when the things we take for granted about our faith aren’t quite how he sees them. We do this by regularly taking a step back and a fresh look while seeking the guiding light of the Holy Spirit. When we do so prepare to be surprised how  ideas of faith we  hold may be smashed in order that Jesus can create in us new understandings of old truths.

Lord let my heart be open to your challenge and my faith prepared to be set free. Let your Word speak fresh to me today, and my heart receive it, no matter if what I believe today is smashed to pieces by your Holy Spirit at work in me. Amen.

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