Each person has their own idea, or imagination, of what God is like.
For many people, whether they realize it or not, this idea comes from how we view our earthly fathers. Hence, the role of a father in a home is vital for cultivating a healthy view of God, and the lack of a godly father in a home can be detrimental to the well being of a child, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Yet when we look to the Bible we actually find that we don’t need to concoct our own ideas or let our imaginations run wild of what God is like, we have only to look at Jesus. For in Jesus we see the fullness of God, in Jesus we see and can know what God is like.
To look at the man from Nazareth, who was both fully God and fully human, we see a wideness in how he lived, yet a narrowness in His way.
He got tired.
He tossed tables.
He had compassion.
Now of all those, I dare say that the Jesus who rebukes us is the Jesus we tend to shy away from. I mean, who walks around looking to be rebuked?!? Jesus rebuked Peter. Jesus rebuked James and John. Jesus rebuked the disciples while they were being lazy around a table.
To rebuke a person, as Jesus did, mainly means to have “a deserved disappointment” in another person. It’s unmet expectations. It’s a “you should know better”.
Why does Jesus have unmet expectations? Why should the disciples know better?
The invitation Jesus offered his disciples was to “follow me”, not be a fan or cheerleader or “do what you want, Jesus will take you to heaven”. The purpose of the disciples following Jesus was for them to have their lives conformed to His way. To not disbelieve, but to believe. To not be stubborn, but to be open to the Spirit. In Mark 16 when Jesus rebuked the disciples they had two main problems, unbelief and stubbornness.
Here it is Jesus has invested 3 years into these guys, the future of his church depends upon their belief of who he is and their willingness to continue the story. This Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, expects us to follow in His Way. This Jesus who says, “come to me and I will give you rest” gives us rest in a journey of suffering while we have faith in God and are wide open to His Spirit.