Sermon BCP 28-06-20 Luke 17:20-37
When I was a kid growing up in the east end of London when it was probably as rough as it can be today, I found that if you found yourself in a tight spot often a way out of it is to say something that’s a little in context but off the wall.
Make people go “what did he just say”?? and they lose their anger and you can talk to them, and more often than not get yourself out of it. They don’t compute for a second and your off and away 😊
Once I was confronted by a gang that were building up for trouble and I offered them all cigarettes 😊 They were so non plussed,said thank you and they sort of wandered off…
Jesus does just such a thing today
When an angry mob of Pharisee’s are trying to catch him out, saying COME On whats the date, so they can yell “heretic” and cart him off.
His reply was you cant see the kingdom?
The kingdom of god is within you
its that phrase I want to examine
The worod used here for within is Entos
The Greek word Entos is disputed among translations
Entos >> our KJV: of God is within you.
Entos is used in once more in matthew 23:26 and everyone agrees its “inside”
New International Version
Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Jesus used that word and it must have thrown them, did he mean, within, in our midst, etc.
I think he meant all three
Like the KJV within, connotations for in our midst, in the midst?
Paul tries to use that idea when he uses “Being “in Christ””
To do justice to the full spectrum of Paul’s thought and language, the terms union, participation, identification, incorporation
So when Christ says In the midst of or within he means truly in something even more fundamental than your dna, more fundamental than your atoms.
Fused like milk in your tea, irredeemably part of you.
Some shy away of this translation of Entos as “within” because he’s is speaking to the pharisees and how can he be inside those who hate him, or won’t follow him.
That’s a poor reason because he’s inside all of us sinners that’s for sure. He joined us physically, spiritually, experienced our condition in every way and left us the spirit. Truly
In our midst, within, inside,
I think that’s where jesus wants all us sinners to look for the kingdom of God, in our midst, and inside, and within.
That’s where we find the kingdom of God
Maybe that adds a little tension to our most common prayer.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done
That’s not a petition not to make something external happen, or maybe not just external.
Thy kingdom come has to happen in all of those ways, inside, within, in our midst and among us.
For me thats the take away from today
With his help, thy kingdom come is up to us.