Thursday, August 17 - Fishing For Resistance
Let's take a look at this "good news" that Jesus preached. It's important to understand the subversiveness that Jesus was actually preaching. In ancient Rome, the empire used the word for "Good News" to proclaim propaganda celebrating an emperor's birth or ascension to the throne. For Jesus to usurp the term and use it to demonstrate God's kingdom is a direct taunt of sorts to empire. He then makes a point to heal the sick -- who were many, despite Rome's constant claims of bringing good health to the poor. Jesus was essentially shining a spotlight not just on Rome's failures, but on the immense gap between the elite and the working class, and promises a kingdom in which good health and abundance is available for all people.
How does this change your view of Jesus's promises for you today?