Contemplating Jesus


Posted on by Lucinda M. Vardey

In Jesus’ time the houses of average people were built with mud and twigs, and only those of high standing owned dwellings made of stone.  Yet Jesus uses the metaphor of a house (built on sand or rock) not as a particular of material wealth but a signifier of spiritual wisdom.  In few words, Jesus issues a strong warning about carelessness, about not taking oneself seriously enough to act on his words.  Invoking the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7: 24-27) Jesus insists on proper preparation — thinking ahead, not taking shortcuts, of being strong enough to weather the storms of the future.  He requests a follower to recognize that what he teaches is not a passing whim, not a feel-good philosophy, nor another fad.  He invites a welcome to fortitude, and inner strength, a built-to-last creed, and moral clarity.  He asks for a commitment to practice what he preaches, because only through bringing his teachings to life can anyone benefit and be secure in times of trouble.    The choice is either sand or rock. 

“God alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall never be shaken.”

                                                            Psalm 62:2

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