Scripture: Matthew 3:1-12 & Matthew 12:15-24
The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the messiah and described to the people the one they were waiting for:
he will proclaim justice to the nations.
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 smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope
There is a lot about Jesus that confuses and offends us. He refuses to meet our expectations. He consistently does the very opposite of what we expect. Instead of saving us by erasing what is weak and imperfect, instead of tearing out bruised reeds and smashing smoldering wicks, instead of destroying our enemies, Jesus saves…tenderly.
It is the tenderness of Jesus that redeems us. It is in the tenderness of Jesus that we have hope.
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