Seems I’ve not had the chance to keep up with notes… With the hectic schedule the past few weeks.
The last week of Luke, but not the finality of the story…
And here is what happened: He sat down at the table with them. Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him. And then he disappeared.
But what happens after the meal:
While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. “
What did Jesus face look like when he asked them why they still did not believe.
Doubt is fine…. But it often arises from our need for assurance, for proof, so that our longing is reconciled.
Why does Jesus ask for something to eat?… He’s still the same Jesus that is human and Gods son at the same time.
Jesus, as the firstborn in the new creation… He can still understand the old creation.. But he is different somehow.
And then Jesus goes to heaven…
And we often end the story there. But this is not the end… We often experience stingers at the end of movies…. These are also known as (rather appropriately) Easter Eggs…
Reconciliation doesn’t happen magically…. As if the ‘bad things’ are all absolved…. But that they are worked through…. In this way then there is beauty and majesty in no just the what God redeems us to, but in the how he does the redeeming. Shalom is yes a place, is yes an experience, and it is yes a way of living….
Shalom is not just about arriving into perfection, into heaven… But also the way in which we are accomplished to that destination.
Acts is about breaking ‘the fourth wall’… Breaking the fourth wall releases and involves the audience… Those who are merely passively involved… To be actively involved.
We are now called to be partakers in the story, conveyers of the story, ‘actors’ in the work of God.
Not mere recipients and viewers of how God lavishes His love on His children, but His children who share that same deep love with the rest of Gods creation, so that they would be reconciled back to the Father.
Don’t we love when the fourth wall gets broken, because it reminds us that relationship is about interacting with others: God with us, us with others, us with Gods creation.