We stand with Jesus … like John the Baptizer long, along ago in our lives and in our prayers, you and I – servant leaders together – we point to Christ Jesus; Christ who not only proclaims, but lives out the values of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus who says to God’s people throughout the pages of history as he says to us this night:
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
May that be our lives … may that be our kingdom story … as disciples of the welcoming, dying, rising Jesus Christ.