I once was having a conversation with a friend of mine. I was bemoaning the fact that for some reason, we, the American church, don’t reference a lot of the word of Jesus. We reference Paul’s word more it seems. His response was, “well, Jesus didn’t say much.”
The Son of God didn’t say “much?” Are we talking actual amount of words or are we talking depth of words? To me, it seems that the actual “WORD of God,” as in, Jesus, would say a lot – because He IS the word. In fact, we really believe that every word in the Bible is actually part of THE WORD. It’s all HIS word. This in fact, makes the words He spoke during His earthly ministry REALLY important, because He had a limited time. Not a syllable was wasted.
So what did He say? How did He start His time of teaching on this earth?
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven”
“Repent – the Kingdom of God is at hand”
He announced the Kingdom of God; and He announced it not to the people who had it “together.” He announced it to the broken down, the commoner, the prostitute, the tax collector, the orphan and widow, the blue collar worker. That is our legacy, our mission that Jesus left us; to be a people of the Beatitudes, announcing good news wherever we go. In fact, He prepared those opportunities in advance (Ephesians 2:10).
If you look at the cover of this CD, you might notice it’s a “collage” – a collection of picture fragments put together to make a larger statement. You could say that it’s a collage of my life and ministry. I made it to help illustrate to music on the album, but God used it to speak so much more to me.
Staring at it after I made it, I realized that the Church, while being a harbinger of so much great art, is in fact, a work of art Herself. She is Jesus’ bride, yes, but she is a “collage,” in the truest sense.
Look at the definition of the word, collage:
- “an artistic composition made of various materials (as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface”
Jesus is the surface, the foundation, on which the Church, His bride, is built. Just like St. Paul uses the analogy of the body being one, but with many parts, so we too are a work of art.