the soldiers beating Jesus mocked Him by blindfolding Him and saying, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” (Luke 22:63-65) What they didn’t know was that Jesus intimately knew their every thought, every breath, every heart beat. He formed them Himself, and held them together AS they beat Him. His death for those He intimately knew but who hated Him anyway is the most radical love in all of history. and it changed everything. #easterthursday
“The church is not something additional or optional. It is at the very heart of God’s purposes. Jesus came to create a people who would model what it means to live under His rule. It would be a glorious outpost of the kingdom of God, an embassy of heaven.
This is where the world can see what it truly means to be human. Our identity as human beings is found in community. Our identity as Christians is found in Christ’s new community. And our mission takes place through communities of light. Christianity is ‘total church.’”
–Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, Total Church