Archive for July, 2012

Jesus and the disciples are playing basketball on the Temple Courts. James and John are arguing about who’s going to be captain of their team.

Jesus: Hey, guys! Wanna see a miracle?

Disciples: YEAH!!! Give us a miracle!

Jesus: Watch this. From behind the three-point line.

Jesus shoots and the ball becomes wedged between the rim and backboard. He puts his hands up and does a victory dance.

Silence.

Thomas: That ain’t no miracle.

Bartholomew: That’s a little lame.

Jesus (jumps and punches the ball out): Okay. Who want’s to try to match me. I’ll give you a $1000 and 1000 tries.

Jesus sits down on the sideline and sips his PowerAid (blue).

Peter steps up to the three-point line and shoots. Others line up behind him. Jesus leans back and rolls his eyes.

Clank. Bounce. Boing. Swish. Airball…

After about an hour or so the Disciples are wearing out.

Peter: Jesus, how come we can’t do this? It’s impossible!

Jesus (smiling): Peter, some shots can only be made with much prayer and fasting…

John: What about Russ Westbrook’s shot in game 3 of the NBA playoffs? He did what you did.

Jesus: So it’s not impossible, is it?

Thomas: It’s so improbable as to be impossible.

Jesus (walking over and circling up the group): When people witness the unbelievable, it becomes undeniable. You are going to see a lot of this. Everything is in the Father’s hands. If there’s one chance in infinity that something can happen, then there’s infinite chances it will.

James: What?

Jesus (throwing him a towel): There’s no such thing as ‘chance’ with the Father. He palms the universe.

Jesus takes the ball and throws it over his shoulder and the ball sticks again.

Disciples: Wow! It’s a miracle!

 

Tr8: God directs outcomes. You take the shot. Miracles are happening all the time. It’s a matter of perspective.

 

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