The stories of Jesus begin in a ditch with a few astrologist-wise-men huddling around teenage parents hastily birthing their baby boy on the run from an angry political leader. It is in moments like these that Christianity locates divinity. Right in the midst of incredible chaos and struggle, we find our God; our God is a God of the oppressed.
When Jesus is back on the scene as an adult, his ministry begins with a declaration from the prophet Isaiah about bringing “good news to the poor” and “setting the oppressed free.” Immediately after this, he calls two uneducated peasant-class fisherman to join his team of misfit-love-radicals to then go heal a leper who has been marginalized for his entire life from the community as his skin rots from his body. Jesus is portrayed as the embodiment of Good News—he is Gospel, and he is incarnating the God the Hebrew people have been talking about all these years. In almost every story, the Christ slices through the walls of division created by race, gender, class, religion, and able-bodied privileges. Jesus’ life shines like a brilliant star through the gospels, illuminating a clear path of justice, humility, and love for God. Continue reading A Note from Pastor Gregory (8/2016)