“Just the Facts – Pt. I” – Rev. Gary Hilton – Matthew 6:25-34


We often attribute a great amount of mysticism when we think about Jesus and the events depicted in the Bible and recorded in history. And these places with legendary sounding names hold great spiritual importance, places like Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem. But these places still saw conflict, social tensions and international disputes; do these issues sound familiar? This led the Jewish people we read about in scripture to live and act a certain way, and primes the scene that Jesus enters into. As we get ready to celebrate Pentecost this year, we reflect on the powerfully radical message that Jesus brought to His people. This week, we look just at the facts, at the social climate that Jesus steps into so that we may have some context for the message He brings and the reaction it receives.