Jesus announced, lived, and inaugurated for history A NEW SOCIAL ORDER based on grace and not on merit. He called it the Reign or [the] Kingdom of God. It is without doubt (Jesus’) most common message and metaphor, so it must be very important.
Maybe we should just call his Kingdom “the final and big picture.”
Join us on the corner of Moss Side and Westwood Avenues tomorrow morning (May 19th) at 9:30 &/or 11am & explore the 3 Dimensions of Faith and experience why we know the One G( )D as Three; aka The Final and Big Picture as ultimately Three in One!
rest in peace Dallas Willard. [May 8th 2013]
“Spirit is dis-embodied personal power.
Beauty is goodness made manifest to the senses.
A disciple is anyone whose ultimate goal is to live as Jesus would live if he were in their place.”
- D. Willard
We love you, Dallas … your influence remains & may we help it gain steam and grow more and more disciples of Jesus the Christ in our days to come. Thank you.
TO LIBERATE G( )D FOR HUMANITY & HUMANITY FOR G( )D
“Jesus enters the temple and drives out the salesmen who “were selling and buying there” (Matthew 21:12), trying to sell worthiness, purity, and access to God (Luke 19:45-46), just as the Catholic Church did later with indulgences and stipends of various sorts. This is the great temptation of all religion. Jesus symbolically dismantles this system by not allowing it to operate in its present form and releasing the animals that were sold for sacrifice (John 2:15-16). The temple of religion (read “church” or “mosque,” too) is henceforth to become personal, relational, embodied in him and other people, and not a physical building (John 2:21).
The precise message of the Raised Up Christ is that God is available everywhere, as his body moved beyond any limits of space and time. For some reason we like to keep God “elsewhere” or “just here,” where we can control God by our theologies, tabernacles, and services. We often tell God whom he can love or not love. Poor God must conform to our moral systems and judgments.
This public demonstration against and inside of the sacred space of the temple is surely the historical action that finally gets Jesus killed. The trouble with declaring one space sacred is that we then imagine other spaces are not! Here he takes on the major detours of false religion, which are any attempt to “buy” God by exclusionary purity and debt codes, and by emphasizing “sacrifices” (which the clergy just happen to control) over basic mercy and compassion (Matthew 9:13).
Jesus really did come to liberate God for humanity and humanity for God.
If we want, Christian, to have our heart filled with divine love we must first empty them of the love of this world, its frivilous and sinful customs and then turn our hearts to the one God, our only good and happiness and eternal beatitude.
- Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk
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