Day 23: Resistance (Luke 5:27-39)
Today’s Passage: Luke 5:27-39
It is natural for us, at times, to resist. When something we hold dear seems to be changing, it gives us pause. We naturally begin to take this new data, and compare it to how we view the world.
I am not suggesting that all change is good. Not so. I am pointing out that when confronted with change, we compare it to the status quo. Today, Jesus is hanging out with sinners. He invites one, a tax collector, into his inner circle. The result—a party!
Beyond the party, there is resistance. Complaints are raised. The obvious point is to see that not all embrace Jesus and what he is doing. Expect the resistance to grow.
Jesus has this effect on all who seriously consider him. He does. People raise complaints—all the time. Most of their complaints, I understand. Some of their complaints, I am sympathetic over.
Jesus understands too. With a simple physical analogy about cloth and wine he asks that when something new is afoot, when faced with change, you may not simply be able to attach it to the old. You may need to fully embrace the change standing right in front of you.