The people of Israel wanted a saviour, a champion. Indeed, they had been promised one, and instructed to wait.
Jesus seemed to be a bit of a disappointment to those who were waiting most keenly, the ones in power. They didn’t think healing and wisdom, especially when done on the sabbath, and hanging out with the dregs of society, were that inspiring.
He couldn’t be the one. He didn’t have the script.
They should have known God surprises. It is inevitable the song He brings is one that hasn’t even been imagined before, a new song, but once sung is the obvious one that has been there all along.
If you walk with God, you have to learn to expect surprises. And it is prayer that allows that walk to happen.
The Roman Catholic church has been praying for a new pope. The choice was a great surprise, and so many things that weren’t expected are now here. An Argentinian, a Jesuit, a Cardinal who catches the bus, cooks his own meals, and loves the poor. Can get St Peter’s square to ‘do him a favour,’ be still, and bless him before he blesses them.
My prayer for him, as much as for Justin Welsby, and not forgetting Julian Henderson, is that they are allowed to continue to let the God of surprises minister through them.
Power to their crooks!