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December 5, 2016

Isaiah 61:1-11


These are the words Jesus used to define his ministry. So does anything else need to be said about them?


Probably but let's just offer that sentence again: these are the words Jesus used to define his ministry. He starts (and ends) with good news to the poor, the imprisoned, the captives and the broken-hearted. There is a massive insight here that we seem to miss frequently and it is emphasised by a Latvian/French philosopher called Emmanuel Levinas: you start with 'the other' and then grow your theology and beliefs from that experience rather than start with rules and definitions about yourself and then respond to others through them. That's doing it backwards and not the way Jesus did. Start with the other. That is singly and foremost the priority. Beliefs come later and are shaped by our response to the other.


Jesus seemed to do it that way. It seemed, in fact, what you believed was fairly insignificant. All you need to get right is love God and love neighbour ie start with 'The Other' which is in fact incarnational. This is the story of Christmas: start with the other for God is one of us.


Any hymn around that? Plenty, I hear you say. So which ones would you like?

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