Term three has become the term for focusing on the amazing person of Jesus in the worship life of our College. All through Semester One we connected with the Old Testament section of the Bible which sets the scene for the arrival of Jesus here on earth which took place just over 2,000 years ago.
Throughout the years leading up to Jesus’ time on earth, God’s people had a strong idea of who God was and what was important to Him, but they regularly fell victim of shaping Him into a warrior style leader. As we can imagine this leads to all sorts of problems and this view can still plague humanity today as human nature leads us in wanting to ‘triumph’ over others. My God is better than your God thinking brings nothing but division and destruction to humankind.
Thankfully, Jesus completely changed all of this in his time amongst us. He brought God’s heart for ALL people to the fore in all he said and did during his ministry. He came alongside us and lived out a life of perfect love and truth. In doing this he embraced the outcasts of society, breaking down our human inclination to set up ‘us’ and ‘them’ divisions. He connected with everyone and his love for them transformed their lives forever. There is a wonderful example of this in Luke’s Gospel when Jesus interacts with a tax collector called Zacchaeus. Jesus’ acceptance and care for this individual brought about a complete change within him. Zacchaeus recognised his past selfishness and set about restoring what he had ‘stolen’ from others.
We might not have stolen from others but all of us struggle with being self-centred and making life about ourselves. It is our human nature. Connecting with Jesus brings transformation to our hearts and minds. His Spirit interacts with our spirit and works beauty in our lives that we struggle to enact in our own strength. This is God’s kingdom of love and goodness breaking into our broken world that is so thirsty for all things right and good. May this be true and for all of us as we make our way through the second half of the year; the most beautiful experience of being loved by God and His love spilling over from us to others.