Saturday, June 30, 2018

Wright & Fuller: portrait from life

Saturday, June 30, 2018
    “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
    He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or from men?”
    They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”
    So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
    Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
    —Luke 20:2-8 (NIV)
    Behind the words of Jesus and the memories about him, ... there shines forth a self-authenticating portrait of a real person in all his human uniqueness, an impression which is accessible alike to the layman and to the expert, to believer and non-believer. No reader of the gospel story can fail to be impressed by Jesus’ humble submission to the will of his God on the one hand, and his mastery of all situations on the other; by his penetrating discernment of human motives and his authoritative demand of radical obedience on the one hand, and his gracious, forgiving acceptance of sinners on the other. There is nothing, either in the Messianic hopes of pre-Christian Judaism or in the later Messianic beliefs of the early Christian Church, to account for this portrait. It is characterized by an originality and freshness which is beyond the power of invention. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... George Ernest Wright (1909-1974) & Reginald Fuller (1915-2007), The Book of the Acts of God, London: Doubleday, 1957, p. 265 (see the book)
    See also Luke 20:2-8; Matt. 9:4-6; Mark 2:8-10; Luke 5:22-24; 6:8-10; John 5:31-38; 8:17-19; 7:39-40; 1 John 5:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You know my heart.
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