15 But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. 16 Yet He warned them not to make Him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
18 “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen,
My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased!
I will put My Spirit upon Him,
And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.
19 He will not quarrel nor cry out,
Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench,
Till He sends forth justice to victory;
21 And in His name Gentiles will trust.”
Jesus was gentle. Jesus did not act gentle toward people, he was, of his very nature, gentle. Yes, Jesus was God’s servant and yes Jesus was beloved of the Father and he pleased the Father. Yes, Jesus had the Spirit of the Father in him for he and the Father are one. The prophecy here that Matthew refers to from Isaiah 42 and 49 emphasize the gentleness of Jesus toward the people that he came to save.
Yes, Jesus had many conversations with the Pharisees where it looks to us like he was arguing with them. But from another viewpoint, they were arguing with him as Jesus simply upheld the eternal truth of God. Jesus, though ever truthful, was also ever loving and gentle. He wept when the rich young ruler went away; he wept over the unbelief of the people of Jerusalem, and he wept at the tomb of Lazarus when no one there believed he could make a difference.
There wasn’t a funeral Jesus passed by that he did not raise the dead person. There wasn’t a sick person, a blind person, a crippled person or a demon possessed person that when they came to Jesus that he did not completely fix. Jesus was gentle toward all people; he was gentle to men, gentle to women (remember the woman at the well, the woman with the issue of blood and the woman taken in adultery?), gentle to children, gentle to people with questions, and gentle to crowds of hungry people. They flocked to him wherever he went and he always received them.
If we are going to live as Jesus lived then we must consider his gentleness as our example and our goal. Recently, Bobbi and have been reminded of the importance of framing what we say with gentleness. Someone told us something and did so with anger. It became a very uncomfortable situation. They had bottled this up assuming we should have realized it but we had no idea. They later came back and apologized but it left us all with a bitter taste. The example of the gentleness of Jesus should be at the forefront of our speech, our actions, and our reactions.
I have to apologize for my remiss actions in not keeping up with the devotionals. I don’t know when in my life I have been busier than now. Pray with us as there is just much to do and every day is packed from early till late. Today we are leaving on vacation and the preparation is not yet done. We are going to Park City, Utah where a man is letting us use his vacation home for the price of the cleaning. All of our family will be there for a week together. We don’t get together much anymore so this will be a precious time for us all.
Saturday morning is our men’s prayer breakfast at 7:30 at Denny’s. Men, show up, bring something from your devotions to share with the others. Enjoy the fellowship of one another.
Sunday, missionary Justin Smith with his wife Jeimmy will be in the service. They have been there before and are looking forward to second day with our church. I know you will show them the wonderful family love of our church. Edna is playing the piano for the service Andrew is leading the music. Rob will be leading the service. Be on time as it always frightens me when at 10:30 there are 20 people in the auditorium. We will be praying for your service as it happens.
When we get back, VBS starts a week later. Whatever part you have in VBS this year, spend time preparing and praying for it now. Pray for children to come. Pray for children to hear the gospel and to be saved. Pray for parents of children to come and know our love and to hear God’s gospel. Maryellen is going to need help with church decorations. Contact her to find out when she will be at the church.
If you need me this week, send me a text. We will have wifi in the house but phone service in the mountains is spotty.
Have a great day in the Lord,