The Curtains.


“What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”

— Mark 1: 24

It’s amazing what happens to a darkened room when you throw back the curtains. What was small is at once made large by a view to something beyond. The ominous loses its fangs when you see the lurking presence was only a broom handle there in the corner. The Boogey Monster suddenly has no places to hide. You can find your way around without bumping your head or smashing a toe. Light is omnipotent. Light is heroic.

Jesus opened the curtains when he went to the synagogue. Come to find out people had been living in the dark. Never had they seen someone respond to the message like this man possessed did when Jesus taught. Then again they had never seen someone teach this way.

One of the “facts” we learn in schools is there is no new information. What we learn is not new discovery, but recycled truth repackaged to appear new. Even Solomon, one of the wisest men who lived, remarked that in all that has transpired in the realm below the Sun through the ages, there is nothing new. A dreadful thought.

But, who said anything about what is happening above the Sun, or beyond it for that matter? The schools fail to teach us about this. They only fail because they are incapable. It isn’t so much their fault as it is their ignorance.

They were surprised when Jesus spoke. Being surprised is sometimes fun, like on birthdays or Christmas. But at other times, it makes us feel unsettled. What if we had known this all along, we think. How could we be so blind? This was happening the whole time, and we were oblivious. Not good.

This is where Jesus the Hero shines through.

When he opened the curtains, the Enemy, who had been among them all along, was revealed. “What business do you have with us?”

What is this?

Jesus was interrupted midstream by this question from the one of the listeners. Like a tree hid behind, the speaker used the man as a shield to block him from sight. A gunman who had been cornered.

The most intriguing part of the story is you would not have known Jesus was waging war. To the untrained eye, he was teaching. Words spoken in the air, a lesson imparted. This was only on the surface. This simple act of Jesus elicited an emergency call from the underworld. War was at hand, and he was playing the offense. A grenade had been dropped.

It makes you wonder what would happen if we spoke the simple truth. With clarity. Authority. We could be heroes too..

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