Jesus, as he is described in the Gospels, is a disturbing figure. Certainly many people came to him and were healed and helped, but just as many came to him and were challenged, rebuked, and turned away in fear. He was a disturber of the peace.
Matthew 8:18-34 describes three short episodes where Jesus’ words and actions are disconcerting to the people. First, he turns away potential disciples by describing the radical nature of discipleship – He says to follow me you must be willing to give up home and family. Second, Jesus sleeps through a storm in a boat and when he finally wakes up he simply commands the wind and waves to cease and his disciples are awestruck and afraid. Finally, he casts demons out of two men, but sends them into a herd of pigs that run off a cliff. The townsfolk were so disturbed (and upset at their loss) that they seemingly were happier with two demon possessed men in their village than with Jesus.
We often want to tame Jesus, but he was anything but tame. He calls us, not to lives of comfort, but to costly discipleship. He is not simply a man, but he is God who not only commands the wind and the waves, but who conquers death itself. And when he enters into our lives, he does not leave us alone but takes our lives and turns them upside down. He roots out both the sins we don’t like as well as the sins we do. He came to disturb us, to change us, and to cause us to tremble before him in awe-filled wonder
Do you try and tame Christ? Or do you allow him to disturb you from your complacency and comfort?