I’ve been on the hunt for a new book to read. From the stack of books on my bedside table, I stumbled upon an intriguing biography on the life of Jesus from the point of view of his beloved disciple John. So far it has been an absorbing read! What I like about it is the intricate descriptions of that period in time and the depth of the relationships between the characters. I really feel thrown back in time when I peruse the pages of this book.
So far the most profound impression this book has made on me is how Jesus was not afraid to go against some of the norms in that society. I call this a classic case of thinking outside the box. Lepers were considered unclean and were to distance themselves from the rest of society. Their ashy, ghost-like skin was viewed with disgust and they were looked down upon. Yet Jesus crossed this boundary, physically touching and healing a leper.
Jesus was becoming well-known and was gaining in popularity among certain sectors of society. I can imagine it would have been easy to just proceed in a manner that would maintain his popularity but that was not Jesus’ style. He was not concerned about what people thought of him but with fulfilling his mission to heal the sick, the brokenhearted and preach the Good News, regardless of what this did to his reputation.
While the self-righteous Pharisees viewed Jesus as a kind of heretic rebel, he was the one who defied the norms of that society, touching lepers, talking with a Samaritan woman at a well, dining with tax collectors, all while maintaining his humility and compassion towards others. Jesus acted “outside the box” to fulfill the goals and mission he had been sent to do. This makes me think that in my own life, there are ways to go above and beyond, ways to be courageous and creative, in order to achieve a worthy goal that will ultimately benefit others.