The belief of a military apocalyptic Messiah that would come from the House of David was so dominant in Jewish eschatology that two Roman emperors in the first century ACE, Vespasian, who destroyed the Jewish Temple in 70, and Domitian in the year 90, ordered their soldiers to seek out and kill every male from the lineage of David. This occurred two to three generations after the execution of Jesus, the unrecognized Messiah by the Jewish elders. A stubborn religious belief held by the overseers of prophecy would not be reconciled to the facts of history.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.