Nick Vujicic is an Australian man who was born with no arms and no legs. However he has overcome his life’s challenges through strength and hope found in Jesus Christ. As a child, he struggled mentally, emotionally, and physically, but eventually came to realize he had disability. At the age of seventeen, he started his own non-profit organization, Life Without Limbs. Even though Vujicic had no arms and no legs, he has helped many people hope and the meaning of life in Christ. He used a great gift of helping and encouraged many people to come to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
Have you ever walked into a room, suddenly there is an awkward silence and you wonder if people have been talking about you? As Jesus teaches using three parables it dawns on the religious leaders he is talking about them, and what he has to say isn’t good! Jesus’ parables are sharp and pointed straight at the elders who had questioned his authority.
I was driving home one night this week when I saw in the distance a slow moving van with its hazard lights flashing. I thought it was just my luck to be stuck there with no way to get past and felt a bit annoyed. A few moments later as the van turned, I could see ahead of it, also with flashing lights was a hearse. My attitude changed immediately, and I chided myself and said a prayer for the family and loved ones who were following the hearse in a slow and respectful way, plus showing courtesy to me by having their hazard lights on as a warning. Sometimes we jump to conclusions and make assumptions without a full knowledge of the circumstances. I think as many people today look towards Jesus it is like seeing the back of a van, without seeing the full picture. Perhaps they simply see a man, a peasant, an itinerant carpenter who had some pithy sayings, but fail to see the big picture of who he is.
I recently watched the movie Apollo 13. Despite the wonder of the technological feat of sending people to the moon, by the fifth moon mission people were no longer in awe and none of the major TV networks broadcast the live pictures of the astronauts in space. Part of our human fickleness is that we are hard to impress and things that once filled us with wonder soon become all too familiar and the wonder fades.