In Ezekiel 47, the prophet shares an amazing vision. His poetic expression of God’s kingdom dominates the way we think about church.
In Ezekiel’s vision, God’s kingdom is seen as an ever deepening river. As the waters increase, they flow further and further into the land. The river is dynamic not static. It is expansive not retreating or protecting. Wherever the river flows it contacts dry and parched places. And as it does, those places erupt with new life, fruitfulness and hope.
This is a vision of life with Jesus. He rescues the enslaved, he binds up the broken, he reconciles the alienated and he radically reorients human life toward a new hope. Jesus is the head of the Church. We are his body – his hands and feet in the world. With him as our head, we join 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…”