When was the last time you came unhinged, I mean, really lost it? Why did you get mad? Was it something you looked back on later and thought, “What a waste of energy!”? Or, as you looked back, did you think the emotional, physical, and psychological expenditure was worth it? I think I know what Paul would say about his angry tirade at the people of Galatia we hear this Sunday.
In Galatians 3:1 Paul begins, “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you?” At first hearing, I raise my eyebrows, take a step back, and think, “Whoa, what’s gotten into him?” But then I hear what’s gotten into him: absolute frustration and sadness as the people he loves are convinced by other preachers that Jesus’ love for them, in and through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, isn’t enough. I might get a little irked, too.
While yelling and name-calling is something most parents instruct their toddlers not to do (come on, Paul, step your game up), I think it’s rather beautiful how upset Paul is by what’s gone down among the churches in Galatia. I often feel like Paul is in love with his own arguments, his own conclusions, and, well, himself. But in Galatians 3 what we hear is that Paul loves the people of Galatia. He cares so deeply for them that he doesn’t want them to waste a moment of their lives under the oppressive lie that Jesus’ love isn’t enough.
So, people of God, hear Paul’s rant for you – Jesus’ love is enough. Jesus’ love forgives, restores, heals, resurrects, and will never run out. It’s for you. No matter what anyone else might say. You are loved. Completely. Right now. Forever.
See you Sunday…