Hope

Matthew shared a prophecy from Isaiah about how Jesus would come and be the hope of all the world.  “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 12:18-21).

Jesus is God’s servant. He left heaven and all the luxuries of being a King of all heaven and the universe to be a simple, tiny baby. He was once an embryo growing inside Mary’s womb. Jesus was God but he was also very much man. He was born in the poorest of all places, in a stable filled with livestock. He was placed in a manger (a feeding trough) filled with hay.

Jesus was chosen by God to be our Saviour, sacrificed for our sins out of love. Jesus is God’s beloved Son. He cannot help but to please the Father. He listened and did everything his Father told him to do. He was anointed by the Spirit which enabled him to not only teach about the kingdom of God but also to live a pure and holy life.

The Pharisees often tried to pick a fight with Jesus as they thought they were better than he. However, Jesus never retaliated. He was calm and peaceful. Yes, there was the incident in the temple, but his anger was not at a particular person. He was angry because people were desecrating God’s holy place by selling things. Instead of being a place of worship, it had become a place of bargaining and money.

He always looked after the weak (he will not crush the weakest reed). In fact he usually fellowshipped, healed, and restored them. He did not put out a flickering candle. Even the father who struggled to believe his son could be healed, because there was a glimmer of faith and he asked Jesus to help his unbelief, Jesus healed the man’s son. The woman with the issue of blood only had to touch the hem of Jesus’ robe to be healed. He honoured her faith.

Jesus always looked after the least of society. It was not because the rich didn’t need him, they just didn’t’ open their hearts to him. Anyone who had faith, even as small as a mustard seed, was touched by Jesus. He brought justice for the poor, for the outcasts, and the lonely.

Jesus can do the same today. The world desperately needs hope. Jesus is the HOPE of all the world. All we need to do is believe and share this hope by the way we live and treat other people.  And if we are struggling and feel lost, we can ask God to renew our hope and give us comfort.

May our hope be in the Lord always.

Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my HOPE is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. My victory and honour come from God alone. He is my Refuge, a Rock where no enemy can reach me. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. -Psalm 62:5-8

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