This week we re-launched our very informal “youth group” we call Jason’s House by hosting some organized 10-14 year old chaos at our home. Our newly baptized Peter is old enough to attend, and is eager to invite his friends to learn about Jesus. Peter’s fearlessness to be on stage in front of a crowd spills over into his boldness in inviting buddies to come check out “Jason’s House.”
We had a FULL living room of squirrelly future world-changers. We are so blessed to have Ethan and Grace, some “hip” young adults, helping lead our monthly “Youth Summit” gatherings. These two are fun and patient, creative and loving. They did a great job jumping right in and getting to know the kids. We ate pizza, played yard games, and introduced kids to their role in the Greatest Adventure Story ever told – the Bible.
The Jason’s House name comes from Acts 17:6 where a guy named Jason welcomed a little band of Christians into his home, gave them temporary shelter from the authorities who were chasing after them. It was at Jason’s House where it was said of the early Christians, “These people are turning the world upside down, going against the decrees of Caesar, and proclaiming another King named Jesus.”
“When they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has welcomed them. They are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, proclaiming another king named Jesus.”ACTS 17:6-7
Kids need to know that, like the Hobbits in the Lord of the Rings, they are an important part of a an epic adventure. They can find their role in the Grand Story of how God has come to earth in Jesus to launch his Kingdom project, and to spread love and grace and healing and truth around a broken and scared and mean and deceitful world.
Like the early Christians, we gather at Jason’s House today to “plot revolution” — a revolution of radical love — that calls people to embrace the “Upside Down” Kingdom, and be part of a movement that is turning the upside down world right-side up again by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Our text for the month, and possibly year, is Mark 9 where Jesus chooses an inner circle of guys and takes them up onto a high mountain. On the Mount of Transfiguration, they see things they’ve never seen. They find themselves in the company of great saints of old – Moses and Elijah. They hear a Voice that reveals Christ’s true identity (and theirs!). They get enveloped in a cloud of God’s holy presence, and wish they could build shelters and stay in that holy place forever.
But the cloud dissipates. Moses and Elijah vanish. The Voice goes silent. And they must walk back down the mountain into their ordinary live….except Jesus walks down with them, and wants to remain with them.
Every month Jason’s House will climb that sacred mountain together, and hopefully find ourselves enveloped in a cloud of God’s presence and truth and love. It’s a portable youth summit that will travel to a different home each month. I thank God for the young lives who showed up, for the organized chaos that filled that room, for short attention spans and curious question-asking, the crackling fire in the background that connects us with similar discussions that have been happening for centuries since King Jesus stepped onto the scene and began turning the world right-side up again through his upside-down Kingdom.
I’m so glad Jason opened his home and gave those disciples refuge long ago, and I’m so glad we get to open our homes again today to continue plotting and advancing King Jesus’ Revolution of Love and Peace.
Grace and Ethan help get the “wiggles” out during our Bible Study