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July 31

Luke 22, 28 - 30

You are those who have stood by me in my trials. And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
New Revised Standard Version

Something to think about

Jesus returns once more to the Kingdom theme and promises they will one day eat and drink together again. He has repeatedly emphasised that this meal is not the last he will share with them; an invitation they would need to hold onto in the days ahead.

But, he now underlines that, with the privilege of dining with the King in his Kingdom, comes responsibility of working with and for the King too.

There are various streams of theological thought on what Jesus means in this passage, but whichever stream you might choose, what remains constant is the sense of authority and duty these disciples must carry.

And, they must carry it in the present for the Kingdom of God is both now and not yet, is both here and to come, and these disciples must start to act in the light of the heavenly future vision that Jesus has given them.

They will be the ones who must begin a world wide movement who, as Luke would write later, would start in Jerusalem, go to Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

They must be the ones who must finally fulfil the ancient call on Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to be a blessing to all families and nations.

They must be the ones who will not only be the first to live out the life of Jesus on earth, but also disciple others to do the same.

Something to do

If you’re attending church this morning, or have already done so, consider what you could you do having ‘sat at the King’s table’, that would discharge your responsibility to now work with him? Whatever that is – do it.

Something to pray

Turn me round, Lord God, so that I come to you not with a new set of words, but with a new state of mind. Amen.

Today’s contributor is David Muir, Christian Aid’s Senior Regional Co-ordinator for its South East region

 

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