“They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.” (Mark 9:30-32)
The Lord God wants you to ask the Divine questions. If questions were not permissible, God would have never sent Jesus to interact with humanity. Ever since the garden of Eden, the Lord God has tried to figure out a way to have one-to-one communication with humanity. That it took SO MANY years for Christ to come should not be an indication of God’s reluctance to engage with humanity. And the disconnect and confusion that has marked humanity’s understanding of what God deserved should not be counted against God’s overwhelming desire to communion with humanity. It is humanity that gets in the way of relating to God, and not God getting in the way of our relation to the Divine.
“Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” (Verses 33 – 37)
I can just imagine Jesus Christ picking up and placing amongst them a slobbering stuffed-up nose toddler who more than likely has fouled his/her britches. And the challenge was placed before the disciples – “whoever welcomes a child like this in my name, welcomes me; and not just me but the Almighty Most High God who sent me.” God knows us, and wants to know us at our most basic level. The Divine already does in fact, but desires that we not be scared off because we are not worthy. Just as important, what Jesus was showing the disciples is that we need to be welcoming of all people whoever, wherever, and how ever they are. We CANNOT think ourselves any better than anyone we encounter.
May you, beloved reader, ask questions of God and Jesus Christ – hard questions, painful questions, silly questions, and over and over again until you understand the answer! And my you also accept and welcome all of humanity, encouraging them to form their own relationship with the Divine. Selah!