Two thousand years ago, God’s Son entered the world – a world of poverty, injustice and war. It was a world where hope seemed in desperately short supply.
Jesus came with a mission, speaking in a synagogue he stands up and reads the words of Isaiah:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4:18-19)
Two thousand years on, we find ourselves in a world where hope still seems in desperately short supply, where we too have a mission. Christ has called us all to join with him in proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favour. What that looks like is different for all of us, for some it is in New Zealand and for others it is in different lands. For some it is journeying with people experiencing poverty and injustice, providing immediate care for their needs. For others, it’s working on the social constructs that allow poverty and injustice to go unchallenged and unchanged. Our mission is to join with Christ in the building of God’s kingdom here, on Earth.
Who is called to this mission? Well, we all are. What part does yours look like?
This Sunday we will gather and pray for the Hwang Family as they prepare to leave for Cambodia next week. We will also get to hear from Shireen Chua from OMF bringing a word on Being the Body -Together in Mission.