Like Moses helped liberate the Israelites from Egypt, Jesus comes to set all of humanity free from the voice of fear that says there isn't enough and that we aren't enough.
Gods rescue of the Israelites from Egypt continues to be our rescue from the Egypt within us all. The story that keeps us enslaved, convinces us to hustle, to work to death, convinces us that we aren't worth very much, that we should do more and be more earn more have more and never stop grinding. And yet, God tells us that not only do we bear his image and likeness, but that he loves us, that he is rescuing the world and that we're part of the plan here.
What do we learn about God in the midst of our wilderness?
Moses didn't know where he fit and God's promise showed him the way.
The commands we find in Scripture are meant to be a gift—a path to guide us, not a burden to carry.
Being a Kingdom people.
How Jesus connects and clarifies how we think and feel.
The Wisdom of Christ is the only thing that will truly fulfill us. In Colossians we’re seeing how Christ disarms the lies of the empire because he is Truth, takes down the currency of the empire (fear) through Love, and brings Life where the results of empire are death. Let’s pursue Jesus this week as the source of our wholeness!
Colossians was written in the context of the growing emperor cult of the Roman Empire. This Empire was capturing not only the peoples lives but their imaginations as well. Limiting their future dreaming of an alternative reality. Although thousands of years separate us from Ancient Rome, we still know all about Empire. We struggle with global economics and corporate interests that commodify people for profit. How does Colossians help us live our faith in Jesus today? Well, it might be the best book in the Bible to subvert the empire that tries to colonize our imaginations. Jesus is THE revelation that ALLOWS US to enter and live an ALTERNATIVE REALITY to Empire - a NEW way to live.
The revelation of Jesus is the best way to combat our fear. Peter’s example of faith and failure as he responds to Jesus’ invitation to walk on water is a revealing look into the ways our misconceptions fuel our fear and keep us from walking with Jesus - even in places we could never imagine
Jesus movement invites us to confront fatalism, moving instead to sympathy, empathy and compassion that acts towards transformation. Joining Jesus will empower us to do the same. We are a ressurection people.