Hounslow Evangelical Church

I hope this doesn’t sound too peculiar for a Christian pastor to say, but I think Jesus must have been quite challenging to live with.  It must have been awkward for His earthly parents to have a sort of authority over Him but yet know that He was infinitely greater than them.  For example when Jesus was taken to Jerusalem for His Bar Mitzvah and didn’t return with His parents and fellow travellers.  When they finally caught up with Him (after days of frantic searching) He calmly contradicted their exasperated scolding: “But why did you need to search?” He asked.  “Don’t you know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49 NLT).  On another occasion Mary seems to have been itching for her Son to finally prove Himself.  His response sounds almost disrespectful:  “Dear woman, that’s not our problem”, Jesus replied.  “My time has not yet come.” (John 2:4 NLT)  He did, though, go with her wishes, and performed His first public miracle by turning a lot of water into wine.

Likewise it must have been hard for His half-brothers and sisters.  Imagine living with someone who really doesn’t do any wrong!

How about His disciples?  They were of course enthralled by His personality and teaching.  They were people who saw the inherent and perfect goodness in Him.  They clearly wanted to follow Him everywhere.  However, it must have been difficult at times.  It must have been like living someone who could read your very thoughts and motives.  They will have felt emotionally and spiritually naked in His presence.  At times Jesus grew exasperated with them and even voiced it on occasion (cf  Luke 9:41 for example).  Even the best-intended interventions could go wrong and be met by a stinging rebuke such as “Get behind me, Satan” for the no doubt shocked and humiliated Simon Peter (cf Matthew 16:23).

Jesus was indeed challenging, yet for all His at times harsh words, He always had the recipients’ best interests at heart.  He wanted them to grow in faith, in maturity and in character, and wants the same for us that we might be ready to meet Him on that glorious Day when we come into His presence.