Love And Loyalty Cannot Be Demanded – Only Earned

Lost and Found

“Lost and Found” by Greg Olsen. Used with Permission. www.GregOlsen.com

Gospel – 7/18/20 – Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus
to put him to death.

When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place.
Many people followed him, and he cured them all,
but he warned them not to make him known.
This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet:

Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
my beloved in whom I delight;
I shall place my Spirit upon him,
and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not contend or cry out,
nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory.
And in his name the Gentiles will hope.

The difference between Jesus and all others is the fact he did not make a scene to draw attention – he was persuasive.

He didn’t foment violence – he was gentle.

He wasn’t dismissive – he was inclusive.

He knew to move when the Pharisees were conspiring against him for fear of losing their privilege – their power.

He moved but the people followed.

You cannot demand love or loyalty – only earn it.

At least that’s what I heard Him say…

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