Jesus came to turn the world upside down. In the opening moments of His ministry he recognized the ultimate reach of His Kingdom to include the Gentiles. This was despite the fact that He was a thoroughly Jewish Messiah. The concept of all things new and the brotherhood of mankind in Paul’s writings are not something foreign to the message of Christ but in fact an integral part of that message. Jesus’ account of the Good Samaritan demonstrated vividly that our neighbors whom we should love include even those we might tend to hate or despise. This is a story of love your enemies in action. As a
proponent of change Jesus was attacked and reviled by various elements, the religious leaders, the political powers, and even ordinary folks who rejected his idea of change because it was not what they wanted or thought they needed.
Unless one denies the transformative power of the Gospel, dramatic change in this physical world should be anticipated and hoped for. In fact, followers of Christ should be the ultimate change agents, teaching a message that draws all men. If you don’t think the world is intended for transformation in accordance with the will of God as demonstrated in Christ, then I suggest that you don’t appreciate what God in Christ was really about. When Paul proclaimed the ultimate newness (II Corinthians 5:17) he challenged us all to anticipate a monumental world change which we have yet to experience only because we continue to resist the mind-boggling message of Jesus.