As Rich said this morning, this Jesus embodied the will of God in his total identification with the poor and powerless of his day, and his radical rejection of all systems of hierarchy and domination. The message of his life and death is the counter-intuitive, counter-cultural idea that we can take care of each other--that we must take care of each other. The kingdom of God is at hand; open your hand and bring it to life.
"All you who despair, all you who are overwhelmed, all you who have given up hope, all you who have seen your dreams die, all you who are weary or sick--come. For this is the day of resurrection. This is the dawn which heralds the end of the endless night. This is the day of hope beyond all hope." --Rich Gamble