In the name of God ☩ Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
“When Jesus’ family heard about what he was doing, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’” Sometimes the work of the preacher is to help in translating an ancient text into modern terms. But you all have been to enough family gatherings to know exactly what is going on here. Jesus is crazy, off his rocker, not playing with a full deck of cards – or at least, that’s the accusation being made against him. Today when we call someone crazy, generally we do it as a way of invalidating whatever their action or position is. And it was no different in Jesus’ time.