Jesus so often flipped conventional wisdom on its head. No single piece of common sense theology was off limits. He was willing to create tension and cause us to question all of our natural and cultural assumptions to consider and embrace God’s true viewpoint.
“The number you are trying to reach has been disconnected.” Ever hear that? It means the people you’re attempting to contact have closed, or moved, or died, or gave you a wrong number, perhaps even on purpose. How rude! The same can happen with the mail, according to Elvis, whose postman brought his letter right back saying, “Return to sender, address unknown. No such person, no such zone.”
For most of us, the cross is a religious symbol. It hangs on the wall of a church or on a chain around our neck. And what we do with the cross physically usually happens in our minds too. We think about the cross at church on Sunday. After all, it’s a “church” thing.
“It’s just my cross to bear.” I’ve heard people say that phrase about the dumbest things. We tend to say it about things that annoy us, inconvenience us, or maybe cost us time or money. It reveals that we really haven’t a clue what it means to take up our cross.