Have you ever been touched by the Spirit or felt, in some mysterious but profound way, that the Spirit was moving you to follow a certain path? Not everyone recognises the movement of the Spirit; but Jesus did. As Marcus Borg, writes one of the most important characteristics about the earthly Jesus was his intense spirituality and his deep mystical connection with God. This week we look at Jesus, Spirit-Person and Mystic.
Biblical scholars of all stripes agree that Jesus had developed a reputation as a great healer. He didn't just make people feel better about themselves. If that were the only thing he did, he would have gone down in history only as a footnote. In Jesus we see the power of God's healing Spirit at work in the world in first-century Palestine. In Jesus we also see the power of God's Spirit working in lives today.
Do you believe in miracles? If not, I would like to invite you to think about miracles in a way that you may not have considered before. Miracles do not necessarily involve a suspension of the laws of nature. In fact, most often God works through nature and through ordinary people like you and me!
The Bible tells us that Jesus taught as one who has authority. What this means is not that he was a graduate of the Faculty of Education, but rather that he taught as one who was caught up in the experience of God's Spirit, conveying the fullness of God's character. He taught his followers a new and different way of seeing the world. Today he invites us also into a new vision of life, one that is centered in the love, grace and mercy of God.