Jesus was the master of creating stories to make important points. In one of his most famous ones, we often embrace the first point, but completely miss the second. That’s unfortunate since the second part of the parable concerns us as his church.
When we hear stories about God showing up in a person’s life, the focus is often on how he rescued someone. But God engages with us in other ways too. In the story of Jacob, God comes ready for a rumble, which changes Jacob forever. Before God could do something through Jacob, he needed to do something in Jacob.
The United States has been called the “Great Experiment,” and a nation formed “for the people, by the people.” These principles were different from what the world had experienced previously. But like all new principles, they bump against existing practices and create tensions. The same is true for Christians. Jesus saw it coming, so he gave us some advice.