The Long Shot Revolution #NOTTODAY
Text: Mark 1.40-3.19
This revolution is for you, the underdog, the outcast, the downtrodden, the oppressed, those who have been deemed unworthy or unlovable, unlikeable or unseemly. This revolution is for you. Jesus didn’t come for those who have it all together. He cannot and will not be coopted by the power structures of our day. Jesus has come for those who are not the “desirables." .
This revolution does not come cheap. It will cost you everything, and for some that will be too steep of a price to pay. For others, the dream, the hope, the possibilities of what Jesus offers to this world, to change this world, to create within this world, is not only beautiful but all they have. This revolution is not for the faint of heart. You will experience betrayal, unimaginable pain, suffering, and at times the loss of hope. Is it really worth it?
Death is life; a little is a lot; what goes up...: The kingdom of God is an upside down revolution. This Revolution does not work the way we would expect it to work, nor in the ways that everything else in this world “works”. It is a different way, a way that questions what has been deemed “normal” and instead turns everything upside down. All of this upside down revolves purely around love—love of God and love of others. But love of God and love of others is way more radical than we have been led to believe.
Stop, close your eyes, listen to the stories of revolution that are being told all around you. The good of what God is doing all around us. It’s easy to find ourselves frustrated or dispirited, even despondent when we look around. Sometimes we need to stop and listen so that we can refocus our eyes on what God is really up to in our midst.
“Give me a sign!” is what we always clamor for, and it was no different with Jesus. Despite what he had been doing, it was never enough. We need a sign! “Picture or it didn’t happen!” The revolution of Jesus, the insurgence that the kingdom of heaven is about, is not instagram-able. It is about the way of the cross. Of denial of the self for the greater cause of Christ.
It's easy to think that the revolution is an observatory sport; that we simply get to sit back and watch Jesus do his thing as we stand back in awe and wonder of what's happening. But that is not the case. The Revolution requires participation. It is a participatory engagement, a moment where you and I get to play. We're not spectators. We are live participants who get to create the change, and be the change.
What does is mean to have faith like a child? To see, know, understand God like a child? Is it possible to recapture this sort of faith, especially as we look at all of the children around us and learn from them and their questions? Child-like faith has nothing to do with an anti-intellectual posture, but rather a posture of curiosity and mystery mixed with imagination and wonder, which ultimately leads to awe.
The revolution is not immediate. It is still coming, still blooming, still coming to fruition. This is not an immediate revolution but one that requires a faithful presence in our neighborhood, with each other, and with our neighbors. It will not be instant, it will take time.
This revolution is for you, the underdog, the outcast, the downtrodden, the oppressed, those who have been deemed unworthy or unlovable, unlikeable or unseemly. This revolution is for you. Jesus didn’t come for those who have it all together. He cannot and will not be coopted by the power structures of our day. Jesus has come for those who are not the “desirables."
Eastertide has begun, and we live in the wake of resurrection. This is the beginning of the good news about Jesus, about his revolution, his kingdom, and its presence. Peel back the curtain and see, peak your ear to hear, and set your hands and feet in motion to join the revolution, a living, and active revolution that is already underway.