One of the most significant lessons Jesus taught his disciples was to stop looking for God’s life in the regimen of rituals and rules. He came not to refurbish their religion, but to offer them a relationship. Were all those healings on the Sabbath, and the recording of them, just a coincidence that he found more sick people then? Of course not! He wanted his disciples to know that the rules and traditions of men get in the way of the power and life of his Father… No prison is as strong as religious obligation. It takes us captive even while we’re patting ourselves on the back.
So You Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore, Windblown Media, 2006, 49