The Kingdom Part I – The Kingdom and the Poor

Written by Danny Kam

18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

-Luke 4:18-19

I find it funny that the first thing that Jesus talks about in the gospels is an Old Testament quotation about justice. He did not give an exposition of the four spiritual laws or explain who people could be saved; he proclaimed “the year of the Lord’s favor.” He did not come first to speak of hell, but of freedom for the oppressed. So why are we so concerned with how to get people “saved?” Shouldn’t our goal be the same as Jesus?

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One Response

  1. Thank you, yes! An Eastern Orthodox understanding of heaven and hell is SO helpful(http://aggreen.net/beliefs/heaven_hell.html), and my friend Stacy is reading a book called Defying Death about a revival in the Coptic Church in Egypt from a while ago. Apparently the church was nearly dead and the people weren’t even sure what it preached, so this one man (sorr for the vagueness) decided to go back to the original teachings of the church and all of the sudden they started casting out demons and putting together healing ministries. Praise God for life in the here and now.

    Also, we listened to a German-Eqyptian quote that very same verse from Luke in Jerusalem. He tries to live by it, and so he lives in Gaza and delivers food and what else is needed to the impoverished families (which make up about 80% of the families in the Gaza Strip). His name is Philip,and this is his blog: http://tabulagaza.blogspot.com/2007/07/alan-johnston-is-free.html

    I hope you enjoy it and learn from it. 🙂

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