Arguing with Jesus

Would Allie have married me if she knew she was marrying an undefeated debater? While I never actually join a debate team, I probably should have. I have always found classical debate so much fun. Sometimes I even watch strange debates for entertainment. If you haven't yet picked up on it, I'm a huge nerd.

I've debated on issues from in vitro fertilization to what the Bible says about the age of the earth. In debate class, we were actually required to argue from both sides on different days. Me or my team won both times. I took three theology classes where we chose between writing a twelve-page paper or participating in a debate about controversial theological topics. I always chose the debate.

But do you know who I would have never wanted to debate? Jesus. When the Pharisees attempted to argue with Jesus, he would turn them into "Infinity War" dust. They would have been the PhDs of the day, but they were nothing to Jesus. He won every time.

Jesus only loses one argument in all of the Scriptures. It's not against a teacher of the law. It's not against a Pharisee. It's not against a priest or even another Rabbi. Jesus loses to a gentile woman which probably had little to no education. This passage in Mark is a surprising twist on everything we've seen so far. Jesus, the powerful, educated, and brilliant king was stumped. Yet, rather than rebuking her, he commends the woman for her faith.

I know how strange this sounds, but tomorrow we're looking at what it means to argue well with Jesus. I can't wait to talk about it more and I'd love for you to join us for worship.

Join us for worship tomorrow!
10:30 AM
Curley K-8
493 Centre St.
Jamaica Plain 02130