Blessings and Woes 2: The Poor
It may have been not being picked for a team on the playground, or maybe a prom date rejection, possibly a job that you desperately wanted and qualified for but it found it's way to another person, or any of a thousand possible situations where we have all felt not good enough, failures....we've felt poor. Today Terry looks at Luke 6:20 as he continues looking at the beatitudes (blessings and woes) found in this chapter, and while the Gospel of Matthew looks at the "poor in spirit", Luke seems more specific to the economic, financial poor. As Jesus talks to the people and says "blessed are the poor..." it must have been one of those moments where the light bulb turned on in the listener’s minds, their attention was peaked. "Did He just say what I think He said? We are....accepted, welcomed, blessed?" Listen how Jesus turns their culture upside-down and welcomes not only the poor then, but the poor even today.
Terry proclaims the one Gospel through the history, research, rememberings and faith expressed in the text of the Gospel According to Luke. Jesus himself is the good news expressed by Luke. Beginning with the birth narratives unique to Luke's presentation, the good news of the Kingdom explodes into faithful view as each account, teaching, parable and event lived out and offered by Jesus, the Messiah-King, is examined the way Luke seemingly examined Jesus in his own work. Here we find a Jesus to love, a Jesus to follow, and ultimately a Jesus to worship.