The Transformation of the Law
Jesus was a troublemaker.
A rabble rouser. A pot-stirrer. A rebel.
I wonder if we sometimes forget that in the church, what with all of the beautiful paintings of Jesus we’ve seen in our lifetimes. You know the type I’m talking about: the totally pristine Jesus with the strong jawline, the luscious brown hair, and the angelic light beaming out just behind his head. We might forget how much of an agitator Jesus was because so many of our hymns and songs make him out to be this wonderfully gentle man who kisses babies and speaks in gentle whispers.
When we read the scriptures, however, we find that perhaps Jesus wasn’t always so meek and mild. Here was a guy who stood up to the political and religious powers -often in the very places they met- and spoke unabashed truth to the leaders of the day. He said that the religious priests and rulers were like a “den of vipers” (Matthew 23) – hardly a message you’d find on a Hallmark greeting card. Jesus made (powerful) enemies throughout his life, enemies that would eventually work to have him tortured to death.
This week in church, we’re going to continue our four-week series on the Law. We remember that God originally gave the Israelites the Law as a way to draw nearer to God and to be made more holy in all that they do, but things didn’t work out as intended. Instead, the people of God turned their backs on the intention of the Law and instead chose to abuse it to fulfill their desires for power and money. We’ll talk about how Jesus’ mission to overturn the corruption of the Law ultimately got him killed – and what that means for us today. It’s going to be a great week, and I’m so excited to share the Word with you all. I hope you can take a few hours out of your busy weekend to come share in worship with all of us.
Christopher J.C. Wurpts
Director of Youth Ministries
Office: 602-840-8360 Ext 147
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