Read the Red (no.1)
Perhaps it is the beginning of the holiday season that has so inspired me.
And, perhaps it is the fact that having recently spent some time in one of my former teaching venues has brought an overwhelming desire to hand out homework.
Either way, I hope you find this series of blogs interesting and find yourself compelled to participate.
NOTE: I did this a few years back with one of my FCA groups and found the results to be rather interesting.
The idea is simple: Isolate and focus on those words and parables in the Bible that are written in red-those attributed to our Lord Jesus Christ.
New Testament vs. Old Testament
I think I remember reading somewhere something about a man not coming to abolish the law but to fulfill the law. Yet, there is invariably at one time or another (or another and another and another for the non-believer) where we doubt that the God found in the Old Testament is like-and-kind with the God that we see through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
So, where do the red words seem to contradict those found in the Old Testament? Where do they fulfill them?
Bible Times vs. Modern Times
If those words in red were said to you today-in a reference completely removed from any religious talk-then to what do you think the conversation might be pertaining?
Would your thoughts today coincide with the interpretations of the disciples?
Back in the Day vs. Youth of Today
One of the most fascinating aspects of this exercise was how the understanding of the words in red are so very generation dependent.
As an FCA Ministry Leader, I would come to an FCA meeting with my notes in hand, thoughts in mind, and ready to share share share. However, when the student-athletes would begin to exchange their research and thoughts on the words in red then I would find a great gap between their interpretation and mine.
The nice thing was that discovering that great gap proved to be a primary step towards building a bridge between their world and mine.
Now, I am not under the delusion that you are going to be able to compel your youth to do their own bible research. However, I do believe that you may find it engaging to simply ask, “Hey, what does it mean to you if I said ‘XYZ’?”
To the Task at Hand
This is a participation grade, my friends. Your questions, comments, and answers are always appreciated. But please know that for this particular set of blogs, your participation is essential.
Below you will find our first red phrase to be considered:
Luke 2:49 (NIV) 49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”
You can feel free to leave a comment below (and thus begin an open discussion), or you might be more comfortable sending me your thoughts and questions via the Contact page. Either way I will compile and share our collected thoughts in a follow-up post.
I will try my best to introduce items in chronological order and to combine the like phrases found in the different gospels. This initial assignment will last until Christmas and then will be followed-up with a new phrase every two weeks or so.
My oh my, it does feel good to be giving out homework again.