Final week of a six-week series called Reversal and Restoration. Indeed sin has consequences because sin results in broken relationships between God, each other, and ourselves. But disasters, tragedy and illness are not synonymous with God’s judgment. Oftentimes we are taught that disasters only come to those who are disobedient to God, and we use stories like Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and his ark, and Sodom and Gomorrah, to say that God punishes and that God judges. So then why did Jesus come to dwell with us, to journey with us, and to minister to us? Why did he die a horrific death on the Cross? And why are his teachings so full of love, grace and forgiveness?
This series continues to explore how the promises of God are fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus through the lens of the Gospel of Luke. Yet those promises are not always what we expect or think that we need. Instead, Jesus’ mission and ministry brings with it controversy, reversal, and confusion. Ultimately, his mission prepares his disciples including us to become apostles sharing the Good News of love and grace to ALL people in both word and deed.