f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n: Day 3 of Christ the Lord – The Moments

f a i t h * i n * f i c t i o n

Friday, December 16, 2005

Day 3 of Christ the Lord – The Moments

This wasn’t my favorite book. Seven-year-olds rarely make terribly engaging narrators, as we’re often treated to a fairly simplistic worldview, all surface-level. We’re called, as adults, to read into it, and that’s fine, but I found this book fairly repetitive in the things I was called to read into.

Anyway, most every book has its moments and this one was no different. Actually, it was slightly different in that the moments it evoked were particularly powerful because they did manage to catch that glimmer of what it meant to have had God come to earth. Or because they raise powerful questions.

The first moment was a simple scene of Jesus speaking with a rabbi. Back in Nazareth after returning from Egypt, Joseph wants Jesus to go to school. The rabbi’s however have their doubts. After all, they mostly remember the dubious circumstances of Jesus’ conception. Gossip is not a new creation.

The rabbis begin questioning Jesus on the scriptures and the laws and in his answers back—which are true and just slightly more than true, you get a sense of wonder of what it would have been like to have talked with him. Particularly for open-hearted Pharisees. The Pharisees get a bit of a bad rap in our culture. They’re the legalistic goons who are always trying to ensnare Jesus in hair-splitting contests. But I think the truth is that most of them (like most of us) were simply trying to live the best way they knew how.

To talk with Jesus, to hear him open up even a portion of the Old Testament law—“Oh, that’s what that means!”—would’ve been astounding.

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I’m actually going to withhold some other moments, because they occur later in the book and if you end up reading the novel, I don’t want to ruin them. That wouldn’t be fair to you or the author.

Have a nice weekend. Next week, we’ll probably do the clichéd “Best of 2005” thing.