Luke 4 gives us Jesus’ Jubilee vision for humanity, and Jesus invites us to live in a Jubilee Way. For the next few weeks, as we approach the season of Lent, we’re going to continue our study of Luke with this question in mind, “What does living the Jubilee Way look like?”
Last week, we looked at the fourth gift of Jubilee—witness. This gift re-frames the world in hope and gives us a new vision to share with our community. This week, we discover a fifth gift of Jubilee—forgiveness.
The story of Luke 7 ends with this wonderful juxtaposition of Simon the Pharisee and an unnamed “sinful” woman. We don’t know what the woman’s sin was, though we often assume it had to do with sex. Jesus has words of encouragement to offer to her and correction to offer to Simon, but we don’t know how Simon responded to that correction, though we often assume his response wasn’t positive. My guess is that our assumptions reveal more about us than what the Bible has to say about us. Why are we so hesitant to offer and accept forgiveness? Why does Jesus treat “sin” and physical needs the same way?
This week our engagement with the Word is all about forgiveness. If you’re human, you need it, and if you need it, maybe Parkside is the place for you to receive some of it this week. Curious … join us on Sunday morning, as we travel on the Jubilee Way. Parkside is the place where you belong!