Thursday, January 24, 2019

What Is "Reasonable Adjustment" To Jesus

The Equalities Act time and again talks about "reasonable adjustment" so it got me thinking what that might mean to Jesus. 

In order to make these reasonable adjustments Jesus threw away the rule book, where there were obstacles to people experiencing the love of God he simply ignored or removed them. 

My favourite novelist, Morris West says "the church lays burdens on men that are simply too difficult for them to carry". Jesus says "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former".

Then there is this

"A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy". 

According to Jewish law, if a person touched someone who was leprous, they would become unclean. Why did Jesus touch this leper?  Jesus realised that this man’s needs were emotional as well as physical.   This man mattered far more than rules and he needed touching! Jesus didn’t disobey rules to be rebellious but to demonstrate that love makes the rule redundant.

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