Archive for September, 2004

Unable to follow Jesus

Friday, September 24th, 2004
I am not sure that it is possible to talk about following Jesus. If I read the theology books I get the impression that Jesus left us with a ministry textbook, with principles and techniques. When I look at Jesus in the original texts, he just isn’t like that. Every time he does something, he does something different. He is totally unpredictable. Indeed he says it himself, ‘The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit’.Again, you get the impression from theology books that the Bible contains pretty much all the types of things that Jesus did. John says that Jesus did so many other (or different) things that tons of books would have to be written to cover them.  

So I think that trying to follow Jesus is a waste of time and I don’t think it is what he was after. Jesus is not the kind of guy you follow. He is the kind that you are inspired by.