January 15 Humble example

Matthew 12:19-21 He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.’

Jesus would not gather an army or fight the authorities; He would not lead a chanting crowd to riot through the streets. Jesus had no intention of crushing anybody or forcing them to join His cause. The Saviour of the world would not despise the weak in order to strengthen His influence, or do what was right but in a wrong way. Although the Jews were just concerned for their own country, God’s plan of salvation was not just for Israel. He had come to save the whole world – including Romans who put their trust in Him.

In our busy world, with all its competitive tensions in business, the professions, academia, skilled and unskilled trades – the way of Jesus is largely forgotten. Where the world crushed the weak, Jesus lifts them up. When the world gives attention to the loudest voice, Jesus hears the smallest whisper. Where the world imposes power, Jesus welcomes people to accept His authority. When nations struggle for supremacy, Jesus offers the hope of true justice. He is a very different kind of Saviour, offering a very different hope for the future.

Activation
In your corner of the world, if He has saved you, then live like Him in your workplace and community.

Prayer:
God of justice and peace. Thank You for the strong but gracious character of Jesus. I am grateful that He has given me hope in a wicked and unjust world. But I am sorry for behaving too much like the world around me, using worldly techniques to save myself and gain influence over others. Please help me to understand the character of Jesus better and learn to live in the confidence that He is King, so I do not need to fight to deliver myself or those I love. Help me to trust in Him and expect that He will bring justice and peace in His way. In His Name. Amen.

Bible Readings
Isaiah 42:1-2

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