As I finished Luke's book, I went back to read the publisher's introduction (written by Eugene Peterson). A portion of his intro really challenged me tonight:
"The story of Jesus doesn't end with Jesus. It continues in the lives of those who believe in Him. The supernatural does not stop with Jesus. Luke makes it clear that these Christians he wrote about were no more spectators of Jesus than Jesus was a spectator of God -- they are in on the action of God, God acting in them, God living in them. Which also means, of course, in us."
I'm also reminded of what Brennan Manning taught a few weeks ago:
- Jesus loves us for who we are, not for who we should be, because no one is who they should be.
- The essence of the Christian faith is not a religion, but rather a furious love affair between us and our Maker