A little snippet from Chapter 5 of The Boundary Breaking God for your Monday morning. In this chapter I talk about the expansion of God’s promise at Easter, but I also discuss the central role women played as the “unlikely heralds of the world’s best news.” Enjoy!
“The entire story of God is a journey away from the horizon of death and toward the horizon of life. Throughout the story, God uses people on the margins of society, outside of the powerful cultural mechanisms, to declare God’s coming Kingdom. Exiled murderers like Moses proclaim God’s freedom, pagan astrologers announce Jesus’ reign, and a handful of fishermen become Jesus’ understudies. Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, is one of the many barren women—Sarah, Rachel, Hannah—who pop up in the story of God. Though their society looked down upon them, God looked to these women to propel the story of God forward. Not only do these stories reinforce God as one who can bring life out of emptiness, they also show God as one who remembers—and calls—those society has knowingly overlooked. God didn’t come to barren women just because bringing life out of a barren womb is miraculous. God came to them because they were forgotten.”