We learned to be cool from You

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “How to inhabit time”
Our Bible verse for today: “But he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.” Luke 4:30 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “We learned to be cool from You.”
The singer Jimmy Buffett once sang a song with the title, “We learned to be cool from you”. It was about people he had encountered in his life who approached life with a cool head and an even temper, unflappable and confident. He sang of his admiration for them and his desire to be more like that himself.
That song makes me think about the situation Jesus faced in Luke 4:30. In that scene, a bunch of people in the synagogue in Nazareth were furious with Him because He reminded them of some Biblical truths that they didn’t like hearing. So, in a rage the crowd attempted to drive Jesus to a cliff on the edge of town and throw Him off. But the passage ends with, “But he passed right through the crowd and went on his way.”
In my mind’s eye I see a frenzied and enraged crowd all around Him, but Jesus is in the middle of the crowd calm, cool, and confident. With unflinching assurance, he cooly walks through the middle of the mob and goes on His way. Totally unfazed. Jesus was cool. He was calm and in control of His emotions.
There’s a lesson for us in how Jesus handled Himself in situations like that. Since we belong to God through Christ, and since God is sovereign over the affairs of our lives, and since nothing can touch us unless God chooses to allow it, we can live with faith and confidence too. No need to get fretful or anxious in difficult or tense situations. There’s also no need to rush through life stressed and frazzled.
Jesus was never in a hurry. Not once in the Gospels do we see him frazzled or rushing. And despite the near continuous problems and challenges He faced not once do we see Him freaking out. He was Chuck Norris, James Bond, and Cool Hand Luke all rolled into one. And remember, this was in His humanity. This wasn’t Jesus relying on His divinity, this was Jesus the man, one of us, but calm and cool. And that being the case, if in His humanity Jesus could conduct Himself like that, it must be possible for us to develop that kind of a cool head and confident approach to life too. Jesus is our Master and Lord. As His disciples it’s our goal to become more like Him. If He could be that way, then we can too.  
May you be cool-headed, unflappable, steady, and confident as you pass through your day today. You know, like Jesus was.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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4 thoughts on “We learned to be cool from You

  1. I like the way you think about Jesus. He faced a lot of anger and hatred in his life, but he never let that anger control him. He always had a cool head and went on with his life. This is what we should aspire to be like.

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