Luke 19: And Jesus was teaching daily in the temple; but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people were trying to destroy Him, and they could not find anything that they could do, for all the people were hanging on His Words.”
When Jesus spoke, people were drawn to Him. The Bible says people were amazed because He spoke with authority, unlike the other teachers of his day (Matthew 7:29) Jesus spoke with authority because He knew what was true, and He stood upon that truth because He Himself is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:1-13). Jesus wasn’t here to manipulate people or try to control them, He had no need to do this, for He is God. Jesus was here because He loved people, because He cared for people, Because He had created people, and wanted to bring His creation back to Himself. The people hung on His every Word because everything else they had ever heard in their lives made no sense. It didn’t work, it was all just smoke and mirrors. Jesus once told his disciples a very interesting thing in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 20:
25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
We’ve all been there, whether as children, students, employees, etc. Someone has tried to “Lord it over us,” at some point in our lives. And if you are like me, many many times. That is why Jesus’ love is so attractive, it is so unlike what the world calls love. Jesus came to seek and to save those He had created, who had fallen away from Him. Jesus came to love His own back to Himself, to woo them. He came as a servant, not a tyrant. Listen to these beautiful words in the Book of Philippians describing the character and call of Jesus:
5 Have this attitude [e]in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be [f]grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus came as a servant, though He was God Himself. He emptied Himself and became obedient to the Will of God. He came to seek and save those He loved who had fallen away from Him. Jesus came, though He is God, as a servant, to call mankind back home to the God who had made them. We are to be like Jesus in our love for others. We are to come as servant, not tyrants. We are to love others back to God by speaking the truth to them in love, not beating them over the head with it. Jesus spoke the truth, and left it there. Those who would follow, followed. Those who rejected Him, just walked away. But, dear friend, don’t walk away. You have never known true love until you know Jesus, God’s Son. He is True love, God’s true love. The greatest joy of my life is belonging to Him. That joy can be yours too, if you ask Jesus to be Your Savior and King.
If you hear His call in reading this, come Home to Jesus. His love for all mankind, His desire to bring us home to Himself is real. God demonstrates His love for us in this, While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. God doesn’t wait for us to clean ourselves up first. He comes to us while we are still covered with the filth of life. He comes to us right where we are now, just as we are. He comes to us, bowl in hand, towel wrapped around His waist, ready to wash the feet of those He loves. Come to Jesus today and be made clean, be made whole, and get to know this precious God who loved You so much, that He died for you. Come to Him today.