You do not have to know me very long to know that I am a grandmother and that I love my grandchildren very much (what grandmother doesn’t?). They bring me endless joy. I always have the latest story about what they just did or said. Like this evening, the kids spend the day with me and at the end of the day I asked my grandson if he would like me to tell him a story. He said that he would like to hear the three little pigs so I started to tell it the best I could from my memory. He stopped me often to point out errors that I had made in the story. We were both amused by my mistakes, but he also wanted to make sure that I got the story right. When the story was about two-thirds of the way complete and I had just made another error, my grandson smiled and asked me if I would just go get the book. This made us both laugh.
After my grandson went home, I thought about the message from Sunday and from my reading that day. The message on Sunday was titled: “Jesus Has the Right”. One of the points was that Jesus has the right to teach me what I already know. Jesus does not just teach me information. Jesus wants me to be different. The world has it all wrong and we are bombarded with wrong teaching all of the time. God’s Word corrects our wrong perspectives. My reading this morning was Mark chapter 5 about the demon possessed man that lived in the cemetery. Jesus healed him. The story spread and the people came. “A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, but they were frightened when they saw the man who had been demon possessed, for he was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane…and the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.” (Mark 5: 16, 17). This is one of the ways that the world response to Jesus. The crowd had it all wrong. They should not have been fearful and they definitely should not have begged Jesus to leave.
As my grandson would say, we need to go get the Book. This world is going to lie to us and we lie to ourselves too. We need to prayerfully read, to ask Jesus to teach us and to change us. The good news is that our gracious and merciful Father will do that if we allow Him. Psalm 119:7 says, “As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!” (NLT).