Christian Witness Among Other Faiths

  • 25 അവൻ അവരെ സൗഖ്യമാക്കി; ഗലീല, ദെക്കപ്പൊലി, യെരൂശലേം, യെഹൂദ്യ, യോർദ്ദാന്നക്കരെ എന്നീ ഇടങ്ങളിൽ നിന്നു വളരെ പുരുഷാരം അവനെ പിന്തുടർന്നു.
  1. Healing from sickness ( Mat 4:23 -25)
  2. Liberation from bondage ( Mat 4:23–25 + 5:3–12)
  3. A new imagination regarding life as persons and as communities.

“ To proclaim the gospel is to proclaim that it is at last possible to be properly human.”

[Rowan Williams, Holy Living : The Christian Tradition for Today ( London/ New York : Bloomsbury, 2017, 94.]

Jesus and the world of metaphors

Jesus was an expert at breaking down complex eternal truths into simple everyday language using metaphors and imageries taken from everyday life.

  1. Light, bushel, lampstand.

Salt

Salt needs no introduction. It enhances the already present taste of a dish. Salt in itself is not the dish, but an enhancer. You are called to be the Taste of Place, something that’s original, unique and flavoured uniquely by having Christ in you. How to be the salt of the earth is explained Jesus in the passages from Matthew 5:17 onwards.

Light

Let us pay some more attention to this metaphor.

Kingdom of heaven | സ്വർഗ്ഗരാജ്യം

Jesus turns around and teaches them and forms a new community based on his teachings.

The risky act of resistance | പ്രതിരോധം

This act of resistance involves a risk. Daniel and his friends take that risk as read in Daniel 1:1–21. It made a difference. Yes, he had to go through times of darkness and face a dungeon of lions. But this community is one that is ready to trust in the Lord and dreams a different society. Even when there is pressure to conform, they can’t because they have tasted something better.

Peter’s words.

It is this hope that recasts this crowd into a new people. Speaking to the dispersed Christian community, Peter tells them that there is hope. But before they are restored, they are asked remember who they are and start practising their true values.

  • 9 *നിങ്ങളോ അന്ധകാരത്തിൽനിന്നു തന്റെ അത്ഭുത പ്രകാശത്തിലേക്കു നിങ്ങളെ വിളിച്ചവന്റെ സൽഗുണങ്ങളെ ഘോഷിപ്പാന്തക്കവണ്ണം തിരഞ്ഞെടുക്കപ്പെട്ട ഒരു ജാതിയും രാജകീയപുരോഹിതവർഗ്ഗവും വിശുദ്ധവംശവും സ്വന്തജനവും ആകുന്നു. 10 *മുമ്പെ നിങ്ങൾ ജനമല്ലാത്തവർ; ഇപ്പോഴോ ദൈവത്തിന്റെ ജനം; കരുണ ലഭിക്കാത്തവർ; ഇപ്പോഴോ കരുണ ലഭിച്ചവർ തന്നേ. But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

John Lennon : You may say, I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Hope some day you’ll join us and the world will be as one.

People are running around searching for that something that is within us.

Evangelisation… must be rooted in a profound confidence that we have a distinctive human destiny to show and share with the world.

[Rowan Williams, Holy Living : The Christian Tradition for Today ( London/ New York : Bloomsbury, 2017, 94.]

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