Ethnicity in the Bible - A closer look at Jesus' world

History is strewn with examples of ethnic groups being disregarded, persecuted, or treated as less than human.

I have had the privilage of writing an article for the American Bible Society read how, isolated verses from the Bible have been used to justify such atrocities as the slave trade or anti-Semitism. But throughout the Bible we see God's intention to reach all races and nations with salvation (Genesis 12:2-3, Revelation 7:9). We see this the most clearly in the life of Jesus, who embodied God's love for all people, including the diverse ethnic groups right around him. As we take a closer look into Jesus's cultural milieu we can begin to understand the deep significance of his radical inclusion.

An Article in the American Bible Society by Veronica.

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    As I reclined there donating I was struck by how I put more value on the life of a newborn than I did on the life’s of the people my previous sixty-six donations had potentially helped. It contrasted sharply with the way that Jesus placed such value on all lives.

    As we move through Lent and towards the Easter my thoughts as those of all followers of Christ focus on the greatest blood donor of all. Jesus died for each and every person: man, woman; child, adult; rich, poor; black, white; free or slave; every one. The love that God had for all of human kind led his Son, Jesus to give his blood through beatings, whippings, having inch long thorns woven into a crown thrust onto his head and ultimately through the nails that pierced him and fastened him to the cross he was crucified on. His love was freely given with the potential to change the lives of young and old and to bring hope to those in despair. With the ability to bring man and God together; to know each other’s presence. Jesus did this because he loves me and he loves you and that includes you - the person reading this.

    In a few days, I’ll receive a text telling me that my blood donation has been issued at a named hospital and I will know it has gone to do good, though I can only wonder what the true impact may be. Just over two thousand years ago the Son of God, offered each of us a wonderful gift of life, he is waiting for each one of us to receive his donation and God is just longing to see the impact of his gift to heal, to restore, to comfort, to renew should you accept it.

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