Friday, January 18, 2008

Jesus says, "So?"

Several months ago my daughter wrote in her blog about the one word question that really stops people in their tracks. It is so effective, if you get criticized, or questioned on your behavior, or receive any kind of putdown. If someone says something like, "You're not wearing that, are you?", You can just look at them and say, "So?" Then if they say, "Well, it looks ratty." Then you say again, "So?"
Wonderful word, huh?

Lately I’ve been reading slowly the book of John in the New Testament. The other day I came to the end of it . . . and was struck by something that I guess I had not looked at closely before. Jesus is telling Peter and John about the future. He’s telling Peter something about how he (Peter) will be martyred (that interpretation is in the NIV Study Bible notes). ‘Course that’s pretty heavy, and I won't get into the heaviness of that, but I will say this: Peter then asks Jesus something like, ‘What about John? Are you saying that he'll be with you till the end? ” Jesus gives this reply, “What is that to you? You must follow me.”
Wow. “What is that to you? You must follow me.”
Jesus was basically saying, "So?-- and then . . . "You must follow me".
So? I need to follow Jesus. I need to NOT concern myself with everybody else and what they're doing ... and whether they'll like what I'm doing, or saying, or even wearing, or well, ANYTHING. .... I must follow Jesus.



Anonymous said...

This is interesting. I like this interpretation.

laura said...

i can't believe you have so little faith in me! i'm definitely not reactivating now.

My hometown...

I am thinking of my hometown now. Mission, Texas. And McAllen, Texas. And Mercedes, Texas, where I was born. And Donna, Texas, so near there...