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Jesus, the long expected Messiah came in a time where the messianic expectation was at its hight. Under the rule of the Romans over Israel, from roughly 60 BC, the expectation of the coming Messiah grew stronger and stronger. They expected the Messiah to be some sort of a superhero that, would lead the Jews to a rebellion against Rome and establish a kingdom of Israel again like in the time of Solomon.

The Roman Empire one in a row of empires aspiring world domination. First, there was Egypt, than Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, then came the Greeks and Macedonians under Alexander the Great and then the Romans. And all of these empires would force their domination on other countries and peoples with great violence. And the one empire was more cruel than the other.

The Servant of God

This passage, along with the other passages in Isaiah about the Servant of God show, how different the Messiah would be.

Isaiah 42:1-6 (NLT)

“Look at my servant, whom I strengthen.

He is my chosen one, who pleases me.

I have put my Spirit upon him.

He will bring justice to the nations.

He will not shout

or raise his voice in public.

He will not crush the weakest reed

or put out a flickering candle.

He will bring justice to all who have been wronged.

He will not falter or lose heart

until justice prevails throughout the earth.

Even distant lands beyond the sea will wait for his instruction.”

God, the Lord, created the heavens and stretched them out.

He created the earth and everything in it.

He gives breath to everyone,

life to everyone who walks the earth.

And it is he who says,

“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.

I will take you by the hand and guard you,

and I will give you to my people, Israel,

as a symbol of my covenant with them.

And you will be a light to guide the nations.

The Kingdom that the Messiah would establish was in many ways different than what people expected.

  • They expected a physical kingdom, but the Messiah brought the Kingdom of God which has citizens, but knows no boarders.

  • They were expecting a riot and a war, but instead the Messiah would come with a message of loving your enemies.

  • They were expecting it to be for the Jews only, but through Jesus God did what He had always wanted to do and that is to bring all the nations to Him.

Fulfillment in Jesus

And so the Messiah, Jesus, was different than expected – which is why you see so much opposition from the religious establishment.

Matthew 12:15-21 (NLT)

He healed all the sick among them, but he warned them not to reveal who he was. This fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah concerning him:

“Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen.

He is my Beloved, who pleases me.

I will put my Spirit upon him,

and he will proclaim justice to the nations.

He will not fight or shout

or raise his voice in public.

He will not crush the weakest reed

or put out a flickering candle.

Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.

And his name will be the hope

of all the world.”

Matthew chooses this moment in his Gospel to explain how Jesus is the Servant of God, spoken about in the book of Isaiah, in direct relation to His healing ministry.

Another passage, two chapters later in Matthew, points out that when Jesus looked at the crowd he felt deep compassion over their needs. And then he starts ministering to people.

Through Jesus, God is showing His character of love and goodness for the world.

  • Where human kingdoms would come with violence, oppressing the weaker people, in God’s Kingdom there is compassion and justice.

  • Where human kingdoms would be exclusively beneficial for the people that reign, enriching themselves at the cost of the conquered nation – the Kingdom of God has a mission to spread as a light to the world.

The Kingdom of God is completely different from any other world power this earth has ever seen. It is a Kingdom with citizens, but without boarders. With an army the loves their enemies. With a King that became an undercover boss and gave up his life, for His people.

In God’s Kingdom, every citizen is an ambassador. God is inviting you and me to join in His mission to spread the Kingdom of God. And so we have to be like Jesus in this world. This will mean that you need to be different than what people may expect.

A different approach

1) Survival of the weakest

One of Jesus major priorities was to reach out to the broken, the hurting, the sick and those living in spiritual, social or economical poverty. Therefore, wherever the Gospel is being preached and wherever the Kingdom of God goes, there is a focus on the marginalized.

You cannot be a follower of Jesus and be completely ignorant and careless about the suffering of others. I know that world poverty is not an easy problem to solve – Jesus said that the poor will always be with us, so He doesn’t expect us to solve this either – but we can do for one, what we wish we could do for everyone.

2) Love revolution

Jesus is the love of God impersonated. He embodies what love really is. And it went so far that He took the penalty of our sin upon Himself. Love in action is Jesus answer to many problems.

In Matthew 6 He says it this way

Matthew 6:43-48 (NLT)

“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

3) Fight in the Spirit

The Kingdom of God needs to infiltrate every part of society and every part of this world. Christians are called to be an army and to fight. Yet, this is not a fight with the sword, but a fight in the spirit. Because our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against the domination of satan.

We are called to be kindhearted and patient with people. But when you step into your prayer closet, or in your car or wherever you like to pray, you put on that helmet of truth, and the shield of righteousness and the sword of the Word of God and you be ferocious!

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