life of Christ
People who are satisfied and content do not seek Jesus—only those who know there is something missing from their lives.
Jesus does not serve the vague “God of everybody.” He serves the scandalously particular God of Israel.
The villagers of Nazareth knew Jesus, and they thought him to be nothing special.
"And they took him with them in the boat." Why is Jesus suddenly in the passive role?
Most Christians are stubbornly fixed on being like Jesus. He is the gold standard for what it means to be fully human, in full union with the Divine. They tell me what it costs to love unconditionally, to forgive 70-times-seven, to show compassion for the poor—all essential hallmarks of Jesus’ ministry. What I hear less about is what it costs to oppose the traditions of the elders, to upset pious expectations of what a child of God should say or do, to subvert religious certainty, and to make people responsible for their own lives. Yet all of these are present in his example too.
This is not a metaphorical desert. Left alone here at high noon, Jesus could die without water.