The message I want to share with the congregation I serve is from Luke 4:21-30. I have titled it, ‘Good News For Everybody!’ This sermon really began last week in a message titled ‘God’s Word Will Change You.” In it, we shared that the Word of God awakens in us a sacred memory of the people God has created and calls us to be. No matter how long or intense the negative influences around us, God’s Word is healing and restorative. You can hear this sermon by clicking this link: God’s Word Will Change You
The anointing of God empowered Jesus to preach, teach, heal and cast out demons. Moreover, Jesus was emboldened to move with and among the poor, the sick and diseased, the blind and those whom society cast aside. His ministry signaled the time and, in fact, initiated an ongoing epoch for the liberation of the poor and the oppressed. Jesus’ coming has initiated for us a perpetual Jubilee.
As Jesus taught in the synagogue on that day, the emotions of the listeners mounted as Jesus read the Hebrew and then translated, interpreted and expounded in the tongue of the people they could readily understand. Their excitement took a detour when they realized the good news Jesus brought to them was not for them only. Their excitement was all but derailed when their particular national concerns and hopes were not supported by the message Jesus delivered that day under the anointing of God.
The mission of Jesus Christ is not mired in nationalism. Jesus came to all people, to all of God’s creation. This is clear from the scriptures. And yet, today, there are folk who seek to claim the salvation of God in Christ and the attendant blessings for themselves alone. These folk seek to dole out blessings and liberation and healing to those they deem appropriate or suit their cultural aesthetics. Jesus’ mission is a global, cosmic mission that too many people try earnestly to domesticate and own for themselves and those to whom they grant approval. Jesus is just too gargantuan for all such shenanigans.
The grace, the salvation of God is not subject to the prejudices, limitations, misunderstandings and boundaries of any nation, group, church, denomination, race, culture , any –ism, or anything else. God’s grace abounds to all of God’s creation.
Like is or not, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is radically inclusive. Though some want to own the Gospel and keep it for themselves, this is not the work of Jesus Christ. Tragically, God desires to do more in and through us, but too many folk want boundaries and limits more than we want grace. And so, in effect, Jesus passes through the midst of us and our churches and goes on His way healing, delivering, saving, lifting and giving life to those who will receive Him and the truth that His Good News is for everybody!
Now what? Now that we know the Good News is for everybody, what must we do? How must we behave? In what way must we share this Good News? You tell me! Let’s finish this message together and let’s get a conversation going in the comments section below: