When Jesus entered his public ministry, he came with one primary message: “the reign of God is here. The kingdom of God is coming. The presence of God is not out there; it’s here, among you.”
The people who heard that message didn’t really know what to make of it – especially since Jesus’ idea of kingdom, power and privilege was different from their own notions.
In fact, Jesus’ notions of power and privilege were completely upside down and inside out from theirs.
Jesus ate with anyone who sought him out.
Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Jesus sought out people whom others isolated and taught his followers to do the same.
When you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind…
Jesus shepherded the lost sheep, went after the lost coins, embraced the lost sons. Jesus washed feet, broke bread and poured out wine.
Jesus took up his cross and carried it straight into the worst violence the world could muster.
And then, fifty days after the death of Jesus, a small group of disciples gathered in Jerusalem for the celebration of Pentecost. Most of these had experienced the Resurrected Christ. Many of them had been present at his ascension.
And now – 50 days later – these disciples were floundering and wondering:
- What’s real?
- What’s true?
- What’s next?
And then the doors of their small lives were blown off their hinges by the wind of Pentecost. The safely shuttered windows of their preconceptions were whooshed wide open.Continue reading When Pentecost Spirit Blows the Roof Off