Paul works very hard in both his preaching and writing to get people of his day to look and see Jesus a new.
Jesus like many people today was being defined by where he lived, ‘“Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” John 1:46 and Paul asked people to look beyond their prejudice to see Jesus, to be openly curious and learn about Jesus. To get to know Jesus through shared experiences, to build an understanding of ourselves and the world around us with Jesus.
Paul asks us to stop making assumptions about Jesus, to come, see and make Jesus and his message apart of our knowledge our community.
Paul’s message resonates just as strongly today as it did then. People today are defined by where they were born, there are counties whose population are not welcome to cross our boarders, ‘can anything good come out of (fill in the blank).
We stop being curious about individual people from these places, we stop listening to their stories, we withhold our compassion, becoming prejudicial and we spread oppression in our wake.
Paul calls us to come and see Jesus, to be joyfully curious fully engaged in getting to know both Jesus and his message for the world.
Jesus then asks us to look beyond the worlds prejudices to see individual people, to know all humanity as beloved by God, that they hold value in the creation of peace today.
Jesus call us to know him and his message of love, then to go out and spread our knowledge not through fear and violence, through unconditional love and joyful curiosity.
Before people will be curious about our experience of Jesus we must first ‘look and see’ them, hear their stories and with them create new ways of understanding ourselves and our world.
To hear the voice of God in each story, and know God to be speaking to us through them.
This blog was inspired by Juanita Laverty's sermon today.
Lectionary readings To enhance your experience, we have included links to each reading 1 Samuel 3:1-10 (11-20); Psalm 139: 1-6, 13- 18; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; John 1:43-51