Rule of Christ Matthew 18:15-20

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them”

Matthew 18:20


Here is a radical idea; go to the extreme to offer mercy to and celebrate one that challenges even the church. The rule of Christ intends to work differences out amongst those who disagree or when someone hurts another. Funny thing is, our faith calls us to celebrate the innocence of someone rather than seeking a guilty verdict. Seems like God truly does not want to hurt another and certainly does not want to lose somebody, no matter who they are or what they may have done. Under the authority of Christ, we seek the lost and by God’s mercy welcome them back. When we gather to consider how someone may have been wrong, Jesus is amongst us to right the wrong, to celebrate rather than condemn. Mercy is about second chances to those who repent. The rule of Christ is always about love for another and is self-less not self-serving. Perhaps the question is not whether someone is guilty rather the question is, what can we do to welcome another home. Sometimes it is not easy, and it certainly was not easy for Jesus. Jesus went to the extreme of death on a cross to save those that lost their way. When Jesus looked out and saw those who inflicted so much pain upon him he celebrated them proclaiming, “forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 22:34) When we seek to condemn, God offers mercy. What Jesus did was die on behalf of those who say and do dumb things, and that is a big group! When 2 or more are gathered in the Lord’s name, there is the affirmation that all are loved and that any conversations and actions taken are intended to give God and God alone glory. In other words, it is all about Jesus and the love that is shared with us and “paid forward” to others. Thank you Jesus, for continuing to love us always, even to the end of the age.


Pastor Tom