Sunday, August 3, 2014

Not On The Outside Anymore

"Therefore I tell you that the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit."  Matthew 21:43

Some passages of the New Testament have always bothered me.  They are the ones where Jesus assures any non Jewish people that he did not come to earth to save them.  He tells us more than once that he came to save his own kind  --  the Jews.

I find it more than a little hurtful that he implied, through a non Jewish woman, that we were curs that receive his attention like scraps under a table.

Therefore, I find Matthew 21:43 a refreshing change from his usual words.  In this scripture he seems to be telling the Jews that they will lose the kingdom of heaven to a people who will produce its fruit.  Certainly Christianity produced worldwide fruit, multiplying and growing through until this day. 

Now, I don't feel so badly, Jesus.  Maybe we Christians are "a people" of whom you spoke.

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