A Different Realm
Reflecting on the past few days, it certainly seems like Holy Week has taken on a deeper meaning. I recently read in the news that Easter, Passover and Ramadan were all taking place over the past week, which seems a little more than a coincidence.
I had the opportunity to talk to a young lady who had been living in Australia for a number of years, but had lived most of her life overseas before settling down south. She mentioned that, in the course of her work, she had been seeking to reach out to Muslim young people through dialogue and discussion, and also had noticed that there was quite a big Jewish community who also wanted to connect through the outreach work she was involved in. I mentioned to her that she was in an interesting place, and to be intentional about the community in which she found herself in.
Looking back on Scripture, it certainly seems that Jesus Himself found that certain communities outside of the Jewish faith were actually more in tune with His message of deliverance and sacrifice. Speaking of the people beyond the realm of Jerusalem, Jesus Himself mentions:
“ I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
- John 10:14-16
In saying so, Jesus levelled the field of his ministry to not one echelon or people group, but many.
Perhaps we can also take note and do the same.