Lines… gates… walls…
Jesus steps right over Simon’s misplaced lines and invites Simon to join Him outside that limited form of thinking.
It is a pattern that happens often with Jesus — doing His amazing work outside gates, outside lines, outside walls and then extending an invitation to join Him outside the gates.
This pattern started with Jesus’ arrival occurring outside the walls — being born in a cattle stall, being laid in a manager — and the invitation to the shepherds to come be with Jesus outside the boundaries of their fields.
The same pattern is evident in His interactions with Zaccheaus under a sycamore tree; with a woman beside a well; with a group of fishermen in a boat on a stormy sea. Jesus steps right over misplaced lines and then extends an invitation to join him outside the ‘gate’.
The author of Hebrews reminds us that this pattern is found even in Jesus’ greatest work — referring to the cross.
Thank you, Jesus, that you do not stay within our misplaced lines!
Jesus’ greatest work occurs outside the gate with an invitation to come to Him at the foot of the cross.