In Ezekiel 47, the prophet shares an amazing vision. God’s kingdom is an ever deepening river, pushing out ever further into the landscape. It’s not static but dynamic. It’s not restrained but expansive. It’s not protecting ground but advancing and taking new ground. Wherever the river flows it contacts dry and parched places. It brings new life, fruitfulness and hope.
This expression of God’s kingdom dominates the way we think about church.
The incarnation of Jesus was the heart of God’s plan to rescue the enslaved, bind up the broken, reconcile the alienated and radically reorient human life. But his mission did not end with his ascension.
He is the head of the Church. We are his body – his hands and feet in the world. With him as our head we enter into his ongoing dynamic, expansive mission to “destroy the works of the evil one” (1 John 3:8). We go in his name as his “sent ones” to continue his mission.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples…”