Good Morning January 28

Jesus just doesn’t understand! Humility and weakness doesn’t cut it. The last shall be first? How can that work? Many people in Jesus day were looking for a strong leader to overthrow Rome, get rid of this oppressive regime now. But think about it. Suppose Jesus had been that kind of leader, perhaps like Judas Maccabaus 200 years earlier. Things may have been good for a while, but history tells us that one regime is often taken over by another in fairly short order. What Jesus established was entirely different. His kingdom began with His death, a most humiliating one at that. But that death brought salvation to all mankind, not just a few Jews in Israel. That death made possible a change of heart for all people. That death and His glorious resurrection brought true freedom of life regardless of governmental regimes. Jesus’ willingness to humble Himself and become obedient even unto death established a Kingdom that can never be over come, and one ultimately to which “every knee should bow, … and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11)

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