The First Message Of The Christ

Daily God Walk for Sunday, December 27, 2009

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions… His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this?… “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” – Matthew 2:41-51

Even as a child Jesus knew he was the Christ. He knew his mission and he was committed to it. At 12 years of age he began his ministry by addressing the leaders of the temple. He asked questions of them and displayed a wisdom that amazed them. He was indeed an anomaly, but in fact he was the Christ of God who had come to bring the opportunity of peace to mankind.

What was the message he was teaching? We have no record of what he was saying, but if the rest of his ministry is any indication it isn’t hard to figure it out. He was teaching them that the kingdom they were expecting was present and would soon be manifest.

However, even though they were expecting a king to come and a kingdom to be established, they did not realize the nature of that kingdom. Neither did they realize the manner in which the kingdom would be established.

The world had never known a king who built his kingdom upon love. Every world conqueror has built their kingdom by force, and not one of those empires has lasted. Jesus came teaching, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God,” and this kingdom of the heart cannot be stopped.

This was a new message. The mindset of man was to conquer through force, but Christ taught us to humble our enemies by serving them in love. The result is that today, 2000 years after his kingdom was begun in the hearts of his followers, there are 100’s of millions of people who would gladly lay down their life for this Jesus who is called the Christ, the Prince of Peace.

 Principle: Our enemies are humbled when we serve them in love.

 Affirmation: I am committed to serving those who persecute me.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to love as you loved and to serve those who would persecute you for your namesake. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Job 26-30 – Proverbs 27

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