Reading: Matthew 18: 18-20
Verse 20: For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
What do we bind on earth? What do we let loose on earth? And more importantly, what does God desire us to bind and to let loose on earth? Jesus came to establish God’s kingdom here on earth. If we look at the example set by Jesus, we can get a glimpse of the answers to these questions. Jesus first sought to bind with love. Love was at the center of and bound all of His relationships together. He also spoke of love covering over sin (which we see on the cross in its fullest form) and of love overcoming evil. When we bind love to things, sin and evil flee. In addition, Jesus sought to bind joy, peace, kindness, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness to all He said and did. Jesus bound Himself to these things and they flowed through His very being as He brought the kingdom of God to the earth. These same things that Jesus bound Himself to here on earth remain bound to Him in heaven. He says the same will be true for us in eternity.
What did Jesus let loose on earth? Jesus let loose God’s justice and mercy for all, a radical hospitality that welcomed all sorts of people, an inclusivity that drew all into God’s love, and an unending well if healing and restoration that sought to make all things new and whole. Jesus burst open the doors of the church and the kingdom of God flowed out into the world. And lastly, when Jesus departed this Earth to return to the right hand of God, He let loose the Holy Spirit. He let loose the Holy Spirit to live in and to move amongst us, keeping Jesus’ words and actions fresh in our hearts and minds, ever leading and guiding us to live and love as Jesus did.
As individuals and as churches, we choose what we bind ourselves to and what we let loose here on earth. When we choose to closely connect ourselves to Jesus, what we bind and let loose mirrors what Jesus bound and let loose. In doing so, we also bring the kingdom of God here to the earth. As followers of Jesus Christ, we seek to spread the gospel to all peoples and to all nations. Jesus encourages us to move out together, promising, “For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them”. May we bind ourselves to Jesus Christ this day as we seek to let loose the kingdom of God here on the earth.