This week is Holy Week. Next to Christmas, it’s one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar. As I reflected on the meaning of this week and the different elements of Jesus’s life leading up to His arrest, death and resurrection, I was struck by the sheer absurdity of it all.
Since the beginning of our creation we have rejected God, we have refused to acknowledge our sin and His rightful place as Judge and Lord. He is justified in whatever punishment He choses to administer. However, instead of giving us what we all deserve, God chose to sacrifice His son so that we can have a relationship with Him. Jesus willingly took on our form, our condition, and our punishment and forever destroyed the power of our sin. I was thinking about all of this when the Crazy Ones commercial (probably my favorite Apple marketing campaign) just popped into my head.
“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
This is a fairly accurate description of Jesus’s ministry on earth! As I read through the passage again, I can insert Jesus’s name and it fits. He was a misfit and a rebel. He definitely was a troublemaker! He sees us differently than we see ourselves. He gently reminded us that all of the 600+ rules of the Torah can be summed up in two: “love God” and “love all others as yourself.” He continues to be quoted, resisted, misunderstood, and yes, glorified, and He cannot and will not be ignored. He has changed our past and continues to shape our present and futures. He pushed us forward, leading us, challenging us, encouraging us to become whole-hearted servants to the glory of our Father. Yes, we can call Him crazy, but He who was present at the beginning and through all things that were made loves us all with a depth and intensity that boggles our minds. Do you believe it? Can you accept it?
What is God saying to you right now? Is He calling you to be more bold in your faith? Are you being challenged to be less focused on the sins of yourself and others and more focused on loving yourself and others well? Is He calling you to give up something that you feel is important but is taking your attention away from Him? Does whatever He’s asking you to do sound a little crazy to you? Does it sounds like He’s asking you to change your world? If any of that is so then remember, God loves you and will be with you no matter what and “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”