Jesus inaugurates the Kingdom
The power to resist, to fight back, to reclaim life and hope from those who take it from the poor is at the heart of Matthew’s message about Jesus.
In this day and age the rulers of this world work in the same way as the Romans and the elite of Jesus’ time. For those who suffer the consequences of the system there is a stark choice: to accept things as they are or to look for ways to redeem the wholeness of people. The forces which hurt and destroy the children of God are relentless and the resistance of the marginalised needs to be given space to grow and to succeed.
Whether in the context of Galilean lepers, tax-collectors, blind beggars and sick, possessed and marginalised peasants, or people on poverty incomes in Britain, the message and practice of Jesus demands justice. The movement from being victims without much hope to active participants in the resistance movement is Godly and of the Kingdom.
Fullness of life is restored to those who engage with Jesus. They see clearly that it really is possible to change the world and its systems. They are not set in stone as the rulers would have us believe.
Such a line of argument and action leads inevitably to a heightening of the reaction of the elite which stands firmly against the Kingdom.
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