We’ve established in the last couple of days that Jesus came into a culture that had fought for hundreds of years to stay alive and maintain its identity. How ironic, then, that what He taught seemed to contradict the only thing that had ever gotten the Jewish people to a state of freedom. While they were looking to power up, wage war, and take down the Romans, the Son of Man preached a Kingdom where the first would be last and the wise would become foolish; a place where in order to lead you must serve, and where in order to save your life, you must lose it.
In essence, Jesus’ teachings emphasized that you don’t overcome evil with evil, but instead, you overcome evil with good. And the key to accessing the blessings and benefits of life in His Kingdom is an intangible thing called faith. This is what makes His domain totally different than any other ruler before Him. Now faith is really just a fancy religious word for trust, which is a gift that God gives. Like a muscle, the more it is exercised, the more it grows and yields access to His blessings on earth. Over and over again, Jesus was inviting His disciples to enter into an unseen yet miraculous world of faith that had nothing to do with “powering up” and gaining control. Whether it was calming a storm on the sea, feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fish, or providing for their needs when He sent them out to preach the Good News, Jesus was experientially teaching His friends that with Him, there was never any lack!
Friend, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever and His Kingdom is unshakable! While governments and empires rise and fall and worldly leaders come and go, He is ever-inviting you into a life of faith that trusts in His goodness and sufficiency. He sees, He knows, and He cares, and you can relax and let Him fight your battles, because when He went to the cross, He won the war! Right now, He is holding a banner of love over you and inviting you to live in His grace and goodness. Isn’t that wonderful news?