Scripture: Luke 4:38-44
Key verses: (42-43) At daybreak he departed and went into a deserted place. And the crowds were looking for him; and when they reached him, they wanted to prevent him from leaving them. 43 But he said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.”
Reflection: “Gotta Run.” That was how I signed my letters to my grandmother from the time I could write. Not “Grace and Peace”, not “see you later” but “gotta run”. My grandmother would ask me what was so important that an 8-year-old would have to get up from writing a letter and run to whatever was next. Jesus was pretty much saying “gotta run” to the crowds looking for him. Jesus had some kingdom preaching and teaching to do!
The kingdom of God. This is one of the first times it is mentioned by Jesus. This is not some futuristic place or hope for life eternal. Jesus refers to the in-breaking of God’s rule and dominion over all the earth that very day. Yes, the healing of Peter’s mother-in-law was important. The fact that Peter was married and we somehow missed that point through his life, not really the point. The point was that through the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus, we can see the kingdom of God.
If we come to church assuming that we will not see the kingdom of God in our lifetime, we miss glimpses of light and peace that could ground us in gospel hope. Look around. Light, peace, love and God are all around. VBS children are inviting us to live out our faith in mission by just ordering something off of Amazon. The children’s excitement is certainly the light of God’s love. Youth are asking to volunteer at Freedom School to help younger children read. This is kingdom work but the in-breaking of the spirit of God will be in the love and peace the children offer back. Look around. Do you see God’s kingdom?
What are you going to do to continue the growth of the Kingdom? Let’s get going and join Jesus in bringing about the Kingdom. Gotta Run!
Prayer: God, guide us every step of every day. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].