A Message from Reverend, Carl Freeto
The Good, Bad and Ugly
In Luke, the 17th chapter we find Jesus talking with the religious leaders:
20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”[c]
22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day[d] will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
There are lots of places in the reading where you can place your focus: End time folks want to focus on the sudden nature of God’s Day. And, after the radical change in our lives that came suddenly with Covid-19, we have a sense of the fear those folks like to find in the reading. But that leaves out the first image Jesus offered of the Kingdom coming.
When first asked about the kingdom of God coming, he says that it isn’t an event but is already “in your midst”. So, if the Kingdom is with us, where do we find it? First, of course, we have to look. So, I’m asking you to look for and identify where the Kingdom is breaking out in our current lives. Please text me or email me your witness (The times and places) where you see an outbreak…remember, you have to look for it!
Example: The Baptist Church across the street from our home right now is handing out groceries to folks who cannot purchase food and stay in their homes. People from the church stock up the shelves, line up the cars and hand out the food…not one penny is made but the Kingdom breaks out as 800 cars line up.
Don’t forget to contact your brothers and sisters in LSUMC and your family during this time; offer forgiveness, let go of old fears and hurts and remember, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be understood as a single event, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst."