The Powerful Paradox of the Church

The plan appears preposterous.

Leaving your Kingdom in the hands of an eclectic group of people who are still learning about it’s implications themselves. And to choose a colorful cast of characters to begin it?

What was he thinking?

Jesus was familiar with the quirks and flaws of those twelve. He heard their disagreements about who would be the greatest and vying for a position next to him in the anticipated kingdom and Peter’s refusal to acknowledge Jesus’ prophetic words about the sacrifice that would usher it in.

What was he thinking?

He experienced the betrayal of those with whom he lived, taught, and loved. In his hardest moments.

And yet, he didn’t retract the vision. He trusted that the Kingdom would in fact flourish. Despite persecution from Earthly empires. Despite earthly crises which resulted in periods of scattering. Despite disagreements through the ages about theological understanding and flawed human logic regarding who is welcome in.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

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  1. Wemi

    “What was he thinking?” – I often wonder the same thing (usually about myself), lol. “And yet, he didn’t retract the vision. He trusted that the Kingdom would in fact flourish” – He has promised never to leave us. He will accomplish the vision through His power in us. That is very reassuring. Thank you for this encouragement

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