Yes, I chastise the congregation for being the worst audience for a stand-up pastor. You try saying something funny, and even when you land a good one, they habitually stifle their laughter. It's a tough, tough house for any comedy gig.
Old Sarah hears her name mentioned when visitors come by and are chatting with husband Abraham. Her ears pick-up her name in the conversation. She hears clearly as the visitor promises that upon his return, Sarah will be pregnant. Say WHAAAT? She bursts into a deep guffaw before she can catch herself. She recalls the visitor having stated to the stunned Abraham, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Uh-oh.
Now that's God-sized preposterous.
Taking a page from his Abba, Jesus has these ideas about what disciples should do that may seem preposterous. Teach the Kingdom, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out evil is a short-list for the broader, 'Do all the things that I've been doing.' It looks ridiculously impossible - preposterous! - but Jesus is serious.
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