DayBreaks for 10/22/05: This Messiah Does!
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
It is no secret that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day didn’t think that Jesus was the Messiah. It wasn’t that they didn’t want the Messiah to come – Israel had prayed for the Messiah to appear for 1800 years. They desperately wanted Him to come! But what they got wasn’t what they’d expected, and that led to His rejection. Israel wanted a Messiah who would rule with a rod of iron from David’s throne in Israel, that would free Israel from the Roman domination that irked them so. They wanted a Messiah that was so clearly the Messiah that there would be no questions. Perhaps they expected that the Messiah would come throwing thunderbolts at the Samaritans and Gentiles. After all, some of the Jewish Rabbi’s taught that the reason God had created Gentiles was so that He’d have enough fuel to keeps the fires of hell burning with them!
We often don’t get what we hope or expect. I can remember the first time when I didn’t get what I’d hoped I’d get for Christmas. Even today, if there’s something that I really want for Christmas, if I don’t get it, there is a tinge of sadness and disappointment. Shame on me for that, but it’s true. It’s not a very comfortable feeling to long for something, and then when you finally get it, it’s not as exciting or fun or fulfilling as you’d dreamt it would be.
And so it was with Jesus. No, he didn’t come throwing thunderbolts to fry His enemies. This Messiah came to seek and save – not to destroy with hunderbolts. The messiah they’d expected would come and put sinners in their place. But that’s not what Jesus did. This Messiah came, not to put sinners in their place, but to take them out of their place and give them a home in His Place. The religious leaders said that no prophet of God would allow themselves to be touched by a leper, to talk to a Samaritan, to hang out with prostitutes and tax collectors, nor to die in the place of His enemies.
But the truth is that they didn’t know This Messiah. This Messiah loves with an unfailing love; this Messiah not only touches lepers but also women with issues of blood and dead bodies. Instead of those contacts making Him unclean, those touches made the leper, the woman and the dead body clean and well and alive. The Messiah shouldn’t heal on the Sabbath – but This Messiah does. The Messiah should be a stern authoritarian – but This Messiah is a servant. The Messiah that showed up spoke about an easy burden, about giving rest and unbearable rules, and He gave love to all those that had for so long been told in word and action that they were not loved, couldn’t not be loved for they were too sinful, and who had given up hope as a result.
Jesus withholds no good thing from us. Does He love you? This Messiah does. Does He weep for you? This Messiah does. Will this Messiah come into your broken, bloody and checkered life? This Messiah will. This is the kind of Messiah that we long to have, but for which we had no right to dream. And once again, God has given us something far better than we could ever have dreamt or imagined. Praise be to His name for THIS Messiah!
PRAYER: Jesus, help us to place our faith fully and completely in you. Help us not to project our own limitations and small-mindedness onto You and the things You can do. Help us to remember that our Messiah loves us with a love that will not let us go. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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