Yet I say to you that in this place there is One greater than the temple. Matthew 12:6
In our search for answers we accept the fact that we must be open to finding something greater than what we now consider great. We understand that one great discovery will probably lead to another great discovery, so we adjust. When we stop adjusting we run the risk of rigid boredom. Remember typewriters? They were great, but now…
What we now consider great can, in fact, be great but not the greatest. To find out that what we think is great is not the greatest does not mean we abandon entirely what we now consider great. We adjust.
Coming from Miami, where even a small hill seems like a mountain, when I first saw the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, I thought they were great. Then I saw the mountains of Colorado! I didn’t lose my admiration for the Smokey Mountains. They are still great, but as mountains go they are put into perspective by the mountains of Colorado. I am sure there are other greater mountains beyond Colorado so I am prepared to adjust even more when I see them.
Jesus, on the other hand, is the final greatness when it comes to human beings. There may be many great people we meet along the way. Jesus, however, is the final demonstration of what human greatness looks like. Some of the people of Jesus’ day missed His greatness and would not adjust. They preferred the Temple. How sad for them!
I am sure I have not even begun to know just how great Jesus is, but I am happy to know beyond Him there is no greater human greatness. This fact gives me comfort, focus and excitement about continuing to adjust to Him.
I have been adjusting to Jesus’ greatness for over 50 years and I feel my admiration of Him growing day by day. I believe I will never get to the end of greatness no matter how long I adjust. The Jesus I see is never rigid or boring!