This summer I committed to helping re-shape the message of Jesus. This morning 60 University Students met inside this Barn to discuss, work out, and understand together Jesus' declaration of the Kingdom of God.
We started at the end of chapter 4 when it says, "23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him."
The Lesson for Today:
- Jesus healed people from all walks of life
- Jesus proclaimed the good news of the kingdom while He healed
- Jesus taught people from Galilee (blue collar folks), The Decapolis (the intelligentsia), Jerusalem (the religious center), Judea (the suburbs), and the region across the Jordan (everyone else.)
- The proclamation of the Kingdom isn't simply for a certain group, but for everyone willing to listen.
It was amazing to watch University students simmer on the idea the gospel is intended for everyone. I was surprised to see this idea not the normative culture in today's postmodern world, but human nature is what it is.
The Gospel is not simply for those who think like us, talk like us, worship like us, or live like us. This umbrella is intended to extend far and wide. And when we take time to think about it, it's a pretty uncomfortable scenario. If we're honest, we want to figure out how we can get ahead, perform better than someone else, divide to isolation, and naturally group into our own version of Gospel.
But Jesus came to set us free from the notion of thinking that there's some division among the Good News. The Good News is for ALL, no matter where you come from, where you're at, or where you're going. What a revolutionary idea!!