Saturday the Missio Lux Build Team met for the first time. The Build Team has been charged with laying the foundation of the mission, vision and values of Missio Lux.
The first part of our time together was spent discovering in greater depth what Jesus has to say about the Kingdom of God. His first public statement was all about his vision of what the Kingdom of God is all about.
Let's not forget where Jesus made his public proclamation. It is was in his home town, in his home church. He took the scroll of Isaiah and read:
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
Can you imagine? Let's put ourselves in the place of the people at the church. They've known Jesus all his life, he worked beside his father, Joseph, as a carpenter. And, now he is proclaiming that he is the One that God sent to bring forth freedom for the Jews.
Let's wrestle with how different the reality of Jesus was from the Israelites expectations that a Messiah would come and sweep away all oppression in a single event. Could a carpenter apprentice really make that happen?
How would you respond? What feelings would Jesus' statement bring up in you? What would you say to the person sitting next to you as your first response? How do you think you would feel after you had time to think about it?
I can't wait to hear your thoughts!