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"For Jesus, "kingdom" carried the weight of his entire eschatology, and he announced that his eschatology was about to turn to the final chapter.

Second, Jesus declares a new society in the land.  The long-awaited kingdom society will be marked by radical changes, and to express his vision for what God is about to do, Jesus clips lines from Isaiah's Servant song opening up Isaiah 61 and applies those words to himself in Luke 4:18-19:

The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because He has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

The marked themes for the new society are "good news [gospel]" for the poor, freedom for prisoners, sight for blind, freedom for the oppressed - and all this as a declaration of the year of the Lord's favor.  Clearly, words shaped for the exiles of Isaiah's day and embodied in the "Servant" are taken up by Jesus to apply to himself and for those whom he sees in "exile": the poor, the imprisoned, blind and the oppressed.  All of this is empowered by the Spirit."  Scot McKnight:  The King Jesus Gospel

It's Monday morning, friends.  I have a prayer today, that we will look around us, right where we are already standing, and ask...who is poor?  broken-hearted?  chained by addiction or sin?  oppressed?   That is the person to whom we can take the good news of the kingdom right now.  Today is a day for kingdom-work.  (Oh Lord, give us eyes to see!) 

There are more ways to share the kingdom than with words - though there is a time for the right word in season and I pray for boldness with great love.  But perhaps today is a day for forgiving; a day to bring an unexpected bouquet of flowers; a day to call and listen; a day to curl up on the couch with a cranky little one and a few storybooks; a day to light a candle and kneel in prayer for others' needs; a day to not retort when old wounds are opened; or to return a gentle word to someone's wrath. 

Let's be open to the call of God today, right where we are - joining in the great adventure of God's calling to this very day.

much love.