James wrote a letter to "the twelve tribes, scattered among all the nations"—in other words, to Jewish-background followers of Jesus Christ who had been scattered out of Jerusalem and throughout the then-known world. They were dispersed largely because of persecution; we find ourselves scattered to our homes because of the coronavirus. But there are similarities, and James' words from 2000 years ago have great importance for us today.
Jesus flipped the world on its head. In this series, we look at the upside-down message of Jesus beginning with his "Nazareth Manifesto" (Luke 4), then digging into the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).