In Part 2 of our “Putting Things Right” series, we continue to dig deep into the biblical understanding of justice, which is centered on the healing of the wrong rather than just punishing the wrongdoer. Here we explore the experience of being a victim, and search the scriptures for clues about how God thinks, feels, and acts on behalf of victims.
This is the first of a three-part series called “Putting Things Right.” In this series, we dig deep into the biblical understanding of justice, which is centered on the healing of the wrong rather than just punishing the wrongdoer. In the following parts of this series, we explore contrasting models of justice, our system of crime and punishment, the needs of both victims and offenders, and God’s desire to restore his peaceable kingdom. We begin, in this message, by looking at our modern criminal justice system and attempting to examine it in the light of God’s justice.
Here we complete our read through the Gospel according to Luke, which we began before Christmas. We’ve been seeking to know Jesus better and better in order to become better and better followers (disciples) of his. Now, as we continue our Easter celebration, we come to the end of the gospel. We see Jesus, who had died, appearing to his disciples – and more than appearing. In fact, he teaches them from Scripture and eats with them. We’re reminded of the real-ness of Jesus, the person who lived, died, and lived again – not a fiction or a mental construct but a man who lived and who lives, and who can be known and followed. Dan Quest, from our lay preaching team, brings this message.
Imagine a personal conversation with St. Luke – what he might say to us if he were transported in time to our time and place. What would he think we should focus on and remember and cling to when it comes to the resurrection of Jesus? What is at the heart of the proclamation, declaration and invitation that we celebrate?