When Jesus got word that John had been arrested, he returned
to Galilee. He moved from his hometown, Nazareth, to the lakeside
village Capernaum, nestled at the base of the Zebulun and Naphtali
hills. This move completed Isaiah's sermon:
"Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, road to the sea, over
Galilee, crossroads for the nations.
People sitting out their lives in the dark
saw a huge light;
Sitting in that dark, dark country of death,
they watched the sun come up."
This Isaiah-prophesied sermon came to life in Galilee the moment
Jesus started preaching. He picked up where John left off. "Change
your life. God's kingdom is here."
Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers:
Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing
their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said
to them, "Come with me. I'll make a new kind of fisherman
out of you. I'll show you how to catch men and women instead
of perch and bass." They didn't ask questions, but simply
dropped their nets and followed.
A short distance down the beach they came upon another pair of
brothers, James and John, Zebedee's sons. These two were sitting
in a boat with their father, Zebedee, mending their fishnets.
Jesus made the same offer to them, and they were just as quick
to follow, abandoning boat and father.
From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting
places and taught people the truth of God. God's kingdom was
his theme-that beginning right now they were under God's government,
a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and
of the bad effects of their bad lives.
<The Message >
The Isaiah-prophesied sermon can still come to life in your location.
Pick up where Isaiah and John and Jesus left off -- "Change
your life. God's 'kingdom' is here."
As you are walking along through your life are you inviting folks
to extend their everyday work (be that unemployed, retired, underemployed,
workaholic, management, labor, or whatever) into the lives of
Can't you imagine the extra interest and energy you would have
for life if you were to join with a handful of other folks exploring
what it would mean to not be limited by our current roles but
be willing to expand the search for meaning to include being
a catalyst in the lives of others to also unfold themselves?
This mutual stretching of our boundaries of who we are would
be the spiritual expansion of physical yoga. Stretching the spirit
is as healthful as stretching the body.
GOD's government. Knowing our proclivity to compete and need
easy answers we prefer our own governmental style. We know how
to manipulate it a little and can get just enough satisfaction
to the less egregious trampling of people by the general economy
or diminution of basic rights for security's sake that we keep
playing. We know that if we fight hard enough when we are out
of power that we will eventually get back in power and show those
now in power what real power is.
GOD's government. This would be a real challenge for all, no
matter what you political or theocratic bias is. We wanted kings
a long time ago. GOD said, "That's foolish." We went
with your wants anyway. Don't we still, to this day?
GOD's government. O, yeah? Maybe next year. Right now we are
caught up in incremental changes and revolution in relationship
to our current government. No time for the ambiguities of listening
for GOD's voice. Compassion is not something which can be dictated
or democratized. Healing is not handed down but, hand by hand,
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