Jesus fields a lot of questions. What is the highest law? What must I do to inherit eternal life? Who is my neighbor? Why are you performing these miracles on the Sabbath?
|Rene Magritte’s “Unexpected Answer”|
|Georges Seurat’s “The Garbage Picker”|
John believes that God is all about imposing his rules, rewarding those who comply, and punishing violators. John sees our world as wildly out of compliance with God’s rule. From his perspective, it is filled with those who deviate from, defy, and even rebel against the Law.
|Vladimir Makovsy’s “In Search of Medicine”|
John has been looking for the one who will enforce God’s sovereignty and bring final judgment. Jesus describes himself as what Barbara Brown Taylor calls Gospel Medicine. Jesus has come to bless the needy and heal the broken.