The Launching of God's New World

Jesus began his ministry proclaiming, “The time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the good news.” Centuries of waiting, but it is here. What God has promised to do has dawned on the world in Jesus, the son of Mary. If anyone is confused about the heart of the gospel, it is this: God’s kingdom has broken into the present evil age and is being made available through Jesus.

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Learning How to Wait

When we learn to wait “as the beloved of God”, we’re enabled to love well. Presence, listening, patience, kindness, faithfulness, self control, and gentleness are suffocated by an anxious person who can’t control their inhibitions. If we are unable to live in the love of God, trusting in his fatherly care, we’ll be incapacitated in our ability to love others. We’ll instead be demanding, coercive, manipulative, or check out. The wait is just too burdensome.

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Theological Reflection from Matthew 28:16-20

The good news is that Jesus is not like us. He does not see authority like we do. He does not seek to consolidate authority for himself. He does not think, maybe I should give my authority to people I know will not make a mess a things. But authority embodied by Jesus is not about meticulous control. It is about empowerment and freedom into a life transforming vocation.

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