“All That He Did, We Continue to Do, with Hope and Full of Joy.” – by Jamie Tubbs

Posted by churchinthecity in Art, Sunday Celebration

With hope, and full of joy, Jesus became an infant in a barn. His plan to save the world looked like weakness and limitation. Growing, walking, hurting, praying, working, living, dying. He used all the weakness of human life to begin a new kingdom.

All that He did, we continue to do, with hope and full of joy.

With hope and full of joy, He accepted the despised, the lowly, the different. Freed the oppressed, the insane and in chains. Honored the shamed, receiving the touch of their hair and tears as a sacred ceremony.

All that He did, we continue to do, with hope and full of joy!

With hope, and full of joy, He opposed those who made rules like heavy stones to drown the powerless; called them to throw out whatever wasn’t rooted in unconditional love, as though love was the supreme rule, to which all other rules must surrender. Listening to the Father all the time, he touched and prayed and spit in mud, commanding storms and diseases and mindsets to submit to the rule of love.

All that He did, we continue to do, with hope and full of joy!

With hope, and full of joy, he took up some water, and a towel, and got down low, on his knees before others. He rinsed the dust from the feet of men- their ankles and arches and toes- He touched and cleaned and dried, and said “This is the new kingdom I’m giving you.”

All that He did, we continue to do, with hope and full of joy.

His hope was a vision of the coming kingdom- when earth will look like a city of peace, when lions will rest with lambs and weapons will reap harvests of grain instead of death. Then men and women would live as dear brothers and sisters, a bride, a family, a body, a unit, a choir, a temple, a beautiful fellowship of enemies like we have never seen.

This hope sends us to the work of the kingdom!

The love of the Father filled him with joy. This joy made the worst of earth’s suffering seem small and worth it.   

This joy is our strength for the work of the kingdom!

Oh Jesus, we see your kingdom coming and we want to be a part of it! We devote ourselves to you completely, with hope and full of joy!

Thanks Jamie, for writing this wonderful call and response piece.

Shared during ‘Sent’ on Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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