Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my son, my Chosen, listen to him,” — Luke 9:35.
The ninth chapter of Luke shows us a lot about the team he had chosen to assemble to take his legacy on to the next generation. They at first were a set of bumbling incompetents. They could not cast out devils (Luke 9:40), they did not understand what he told him (Luke 9:45), they argued amongst themselves over who should be their quarterback (Luke 9:46), and they totally misunderstood the game plan (Luke 9:54-62).
Yes, you detect a football analogy coming. Sometimes I can’t help myself. The disciples remind me of my Razorback teammates when we first arrived in Fayetteville for that first football practice — a bunch of shoats not knowing how to lace up our pads or where to line up on the practice field. I wonder if Coach Matthews could see in the rag tag bunch that first day a potential for greatness or did he go home and tell his wife, “this group of goats is a big mistake.”
There is always good news in God’s plan however, and I think a little humor as well. Through this rag tag group of disciples — flawed, fallible, and far from perfect as they were — God changed the world.
It should give us heart as well, for we all know our own faults and failings, but just like the disciples he sees in us the potential the change the world through me, through you, and through us.