The arrival of the kingdom of Jesus is good news for outsiders, outcasts, weirdos, and the truly hopeless. It's good news for the poor, the blind, those with physical disabilities, people in prison, people in chains, people in all kinds of oppression. It's for people with demons, lepers, people who cry themselves to sleep, and those who don't have enough to eat. It’s for widows and the infertile. It’s for the elderly, the irreligious, and gender and sexual minorities. It’s for drug addicts, the stigmatized and ashamed, for scoundrels and gangsters, for adulterers and the divorced. It’s for people in debt and those who are bankrupt. It’s for the depressed and cynical. It’s for sex workers, strippers, porn stars, cam girls, and everyone else we use but then shame since we can hide it and they can't. Jesus is hope for the hopeless, for real.
Our primary text this week was Luke 16:19-31. We also explicitly referenced a number of other passages in Luke, including: 1:53; 4:18-19; 6:20-26; 16:13; 18:23; 14:33; and 14:12-14.