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Some Rich Wisdom September 14, 2011

Posted by markgeil in The words of others far more wise than I.
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I’m having a Rich Mullins day, and this morning I had occasion not only to listen to his music but also to read some of his words. I like what he said during a chapel service at Wheaton back in 1997, as transcribed over at the treasure trove of all that is Rich, http://www.kidbrothers.net/. Rich was explaining a passage from the gospel of Mark:

And in case you’re not familiar entirely with the story, it goes that Jesus was blessing little kids. You know, I’m trying to think through this thing and I’m going, well how do you bless children? Cause I find them barely tolerable, let alone something you’d want to bless. So I’m thinking I’ve got all these nieces and nephews and stuff, how have I blessed them, and the only thing I could think of is, you know you pick them up and you throw them as high in the air as you can and you catch them right before they splat. Or, you get down on all fours and you know, they ride you and you try to buck them off, and that kind of thing.

So I’m trying to picture Jesus doing this and then the disciples they come up and they see Jesus who-you know they’re good monotheists so they’re really I’m sure struggling with His claims to be equal to God. And they see Him you know, and they’re kinda going, well you know when you put on that really straight academic face of yours and charge us with a lot of information, we can kinda buy it then, but here you’re acting like an idiot. And it’s hard enough to believe that smart people could be the Son of God, let alone this-this-bumbling idiot, that’s rolling around in the dirt with the children. And Jesus says, ‘hey guys, knock it off. If you want to come into My kingdom, you have to come in like one of these. You have to come in like a child. You have to let me throw you up in the air and catch you right before you splat. You have to ride on my back and let me buck you off. We have to wrestle a little, we have to play a little.’

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