Title: Jesus the RabbiText: Luke 10: 38:42Synopsis: We begin a series this week on the life and identify of Jesus. Who is Jesus? No person has ever changed the landscape of the world more than Jesus. To fully understand his teachings, it is important to begin with the understanding that Jesus lived in a certain time and place. Jesus was a poor Jew living as a minority amidst the Roman empire. Jesus became a Rabbi and invited disciples to follow him. Discipleship was an invitation to become like the Rabbi. To do, say, live, and walk as the Rabbi did, said, lived, and walked. The identity of his disciples reveal that Jesus believed not just the best, the brightest, and the most talented could follow him but EVERYBODY… included the average, mundane, outcasts, and marginalized.
Title: Jesus is LordText: 2 Corinthians 4:1-6Synopsis: When Jesus is referred to as “Lord” in the New Testament, it is in direct response to the common propaganda of that day propping the Roman Emperor as “Lord of All” When the early Christians said, “Jesus is Lord” they were essentially articulating that Christians have a greater allegiance than Caesar. Ultimately, they were citizens of God’s kingdom and were called to uphold the laws, principles, and values of this system. In today’s world, politics and faith have often been mixed. Some equate Christianity with the Republican Party and others to the Democratic Party. It can be boldly said that many are more loyal to the mantras and creeds of their political parties than the teachings and principles of Jesus. In the New Testament, we read about a new type of Kingdom that transcends borders and advocates love.
Title: Mr. Christ? Christ isn’t Jesus’ last nameText: Ephesians 3:1-14Synopsis: In the New Testament writers referred to Jesus as the “Christ.” This comes from the Greek word christós, meaning “the anointed one.” Early Christians believed that Jesus represented the prophesied messiah or christos that would redeem and bring salvation to the world. Paul refers to the work and role of “the Christ” as a mystery that is being revealed overtime. The “Christ” has been around since the beginning of time working to restore God’s creation. Jesus was the living incarnation of ‘the Christ.”
Title: Jesus & the EucharistText: Mark 14:12-26Synopsis: What do we do when we take communion? In the book of Mark, Jesus speaks of his disciples taking the bread and cup and that it represents the his body and blood. What does this truly mean? While on earth, with love and sacrifice Jesus took on the sins of the world. As disciples of Jesus, we as the body of Christ can do the same to “take on” the sins of the world through our collective voice and resources. We can challenge unjust systems, stand up to hate, confront materials. Communion is the reminder each week that because of Jesus, and through Jesus we can articulate another narrative.