Thursday, December 13, Second Week in Advent
Jesus talks about John the Baptist. But John isnt there to hear him because, at the moment he is in Herods prison.
Johns crime was to criticize Herod for marrying his brothers wife. John will pay the full price for this when, late one night, an executioner is sent from Herods birthday banquet to cut off Johns head.
There have been many prophets in Israels history. Jesus says that John is the greatest of all because he was privileged to see the fulfillment of what the prophets had proclaimed the Kingdom of God present in a new way in Jesus.
We live in the time after Jesus the final stages of Gods plan. It may be a long stage (perhaps millions of years,) but it is the final stage. We need to remind ourselves of how different creation is because Jesus is now part of it.
All that remains is for the human race gradually to live the way we were created to live in peace, love, forgiveness. Thats how the kingdom of God comes about. (Thats also why it might take a few million years.)
So because of the coming of Christ, the reign of God is present in a new way, and I am to help make it more present. That has some implications for the way I live my life today.
What are those implications for me?
Since I don’t have a scanner, I am typing these in html. Takes ahile. But I will persevere through the end of the Christmas Season. Thanks for your patience.