John 4: 14-21

IMG_2949Do you have an “elevator speech”?  A short statement about you that sums up your passions and goals in life. One that is quick enough to give on a short elevator ride.  Pause for a moment and reflect on what is REALLY important—what is central to your life.

I bet you didn’t know that Jesus had an elevator speech.  Jesus’ first act of ministry as recorded by Luke is giving his elevator speech.  You can read about it in Luke 4:14-21.  Of course that’s not exactly how it is worded in the Bible.  Jesus goes to the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth on the Sabbath.  He stands up to read scripture.  (Imagine one of our young adults reading from the Bible on Sunday.)

Jesus picks the reading and chooses the prophet Isaiah.  He reads, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me…he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to freethe oppressed.” Jesus concludes by saying: “This is what I’m here to do!”

Jesus’ elevator speech isn’t about how much God loves the world.  Although that is certainly true.  Jesus is going to DO something about it!  Think about Jesus’ life and ministry.  He spent his time feeding the hungry, healing the sick, reaching out to the outsiders.  In a way, Jesus’ elevator speech is ours too.  In our baptism we are invited into Jesus’ vision and mission.  How is God calling you to use your gifts to reach those who others ignore?  Who do you know who needs to hear the Good News of Jesus’ love and forgiveness?

*Think about your own elevator speech. What is your mission? God calls each of us at our Baptism to use our gifts. How is God calling you?
*Watch Luke 4: 14-21 here:

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