Friday, August 10, 2007

Meekness is not Weakness

I don't know why many people get the idea that Jesus was weak. You often see pictures that portray Him as soft skinned and non-muscular. But He was a carpenter. Have you ever seen a carpenter's hands? He drove the money changers out of the temple with a whip of cords. He knew how to work. His skin was darkened and rough from the long dusty walks of Palestine. He had no form or comeliness that we should behold Him, no beauty that we should desire Him (Is. 53:2).

The reason why artists and people in general view Jesus in such soft tones has more to do with His character than anything else. He was gentle and kind. He was compassionate and caring. He was not overbearing, rude, or seflish. But He was not weak - not in the least! He was physically, mentally, and spiritually strong.

Have you ever seen any reference to Jesus saying, "I have rights." Did He ever complain about His rights being violated? Did He ever talk about what others owed Him? Did He ever complain about being jipped?

You see, the world paints the picture that fighting for oneself is a sign of strength. If you don't serve yourself, then you are weak and therefore you are selected out. But Jesus proved what meekness really is - "strength under control." That which has power and is readily usable and bridled is better than any uncontrolable force, no matter how great.

Jesus taught mankind true strength. His strength in meekness was not self-serving. It was exemplified and given for our deliverance.

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." ~ Matthew 11:28-30

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