Allahu Akbar – God is great! This chapter expands our human concept of greatness. Yes it looks like healing and miraculously feeding people and having power over evil. But it also looks like offering hospitality to children, not receiving hospitality, doing without and suffering.

“While everyone was marvelling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, “listen carefully…the Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men.”

Once when I told a Muslim friend that I believed God became a man – a poor man who suffered and died, he asked me, “How can your God be weak?” “I’m not sure,” I said, “But I am glad he was.”

The world needs a strong God who will overthrow and judge evil but it also needs a suffering God who bears the cost of forgiveness (so that I’m not judged and overthrown myself). We have such a God in Jesus Christ. He truly is great.

If obedience to him is causing you to suffer for others today, don’t take your hand off the plough.