Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Poor Jesus

I am currently reading through the Gospel of Luke and this morning read how in 4:18-19 Jesus announces five purposes for which God sent him in fulfillment of Isaiah:

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
   because he has anointed me
   to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
   and recovering of sight to the blind,
    to set at liberty those who are oppressed,

19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."

It is interesting to read the Africa Bible Commentary on this passage:
It is clear that from the beginning to end Jesus was oriented to the needs of the poor, both those who were poor within themselves and those who were poor in social, economic and political contexts. His parents were not wealthy and lived in a despised village. In hist public ministry he lived poorly, mixed with the ordinary folk were the poor, the prisoners, the blind and the oppressed. Furthermore, he shocked the elite by eating with social outcasts. He acted and spoke in a manner that caused him to be seen as a serious threat by the various establishment groups in his country and by the Roman Empire. Eventually, the religious establishment and the Roman colonial power murdered Jesus.
 The etching is the 'Hundred guilder print' of Christ preaching by  Rembrandt.

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