Walking Through Charlottesville

while Charlottesville doesn’t represent the whole nation, it certainly represents an element of this nation“…

I hope that we’ll look together and see how Jesus’ Kingdom changes the shape of the world we live in.  And without Christ you better be concerned with nationalism, with race and superiority/inferiority but in Christ and in the Kingdom of God things are different.

Jesus’ Kingdom

What is Jesus’ kingdom like, if we’re going to say it’s different than the world, it’s strikingly different than what we saw in Charlottesville what is it like?  And for that answer, we walked with Jesus:

 

Matthew 22:1-14

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants[a] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.””

The kingdom of God is made up of people good and bad, chosen not because of their inherent goodness, rather because of God’s amazing grace.  And so there is no fighting in the Kingdom of God, no hatred and no anger, just celebration of a God who is so incredibly good – now we too on earth live as members of that future kingdom in a present reality.  We echo and image those truths will we stand against evil shining light.

We discussed locating ourselves in the story, and found help in knowing that a museum in our honor of all our sin would help us to better understand the grace that Christ is outlining in this parable.

You can see the entire study below where you’ll study all of Matthew 18:21-35 with us. Also, we’d love for you to visit Transcend Church Harrisburg 10:45 Sunday(s) 1801 State St. Harrisburg.

Grace and peace,

Pastor John