Jesus seems to specialize in doing the unexpected.
For instance, consider when the rich young ruler asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus side-steps the question about eternal life. Instead he goes into a teaching about good. That was unexpected.
Another time, four men bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus to be healed. Jesus shocks everyone by forgiving the man’s sins. That was really unexpected.
However, later on Jesus does heal the paralyzed man and he does answer the young ruler’s question (although it’s not what the man wanted to hear —that was unexpected, too).
Jesus often does the unexpected. Perhaps that’s one reason the crowds were drawn to him two thousand years ago and why we are drawn to him today.
Unexpected Jesus may surprise us and at times perplex us, but he is still our healer and savior.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.