Acts 3:19-21 19 Change your hearts and lives! Turn back to God so that your sins may be wiped away. 20 Then the Lord will provide a season of relief from the distress of this age and he will send Jesus, whom he handpicked to be your Christ. 21 Jesus must remain in heaven until the restoration of all things, about which God spoke long ago through his holy prophets. (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
Conversing with Acts 3:19-21
The messianic* dynamic that is appointed for each of us requires a change of heart and mind, an immersion into God. This messianic* dynamic, an inner dialogue between a human being and God’s insistent calling, is the prelude to that universal restoration of all people announced by the prophets.
The Human Being* (Son of Man), the title that Yeshua* used to describe his mission, is a precursor to humankind’s growth toward wholeness and maturity. It is a symbolic description of what Jung calls “the essential man.” Wink (The Human Being) suggests that in come circles the symbolism of the Human Being was also used to refer to God. Yeshua incarnated the Human Being* — that is, he was totally immersed into God (as he understood God) and totally committed to level the playing field between the Powers that Be (Domination System*, Empire*) and the poor and marginalized of society.
The universal “restoration of all things” is an ideal projected onto the future — a time when those who have had their human capacity taken away or discounted, by whatever means, will be restored to the fulness of their humanity. This universal restoration is a symbol, a metaphor, a poem, an abstract painting; it is not a prediction of a future historical event. And yet it touches something deep within us, calling us to be more human and humane, inviting us to resist all that Dominates and de-humanizes, nudging us to put to rights our society, our culture, our world.
The Human Being is the symbol of an emerging reality that will never be completed. We are on a journey into an open future. We are on an adventurous pilgrimage toward the Human Being* (our exploration which experiments with human wholeness) with the Human Being* (Yeshua*) as both catalyst and guide.