Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.” (Isaiah 42:1 – 3)

Jesus is gentle. Some time back I put forth the notion of a gentle, compassionate, merciful belief system. Oh, beloved reader! We need that now! My memory stretches back to when Christianity, as a faith system, could be described that way. Now, each individual group & faith circle in Christianity defines for themselves what their Christian expression will be. But I tell you beloved reader, Jesus the Messiah is, was, and will always be gentle to those who are easily bruised & broken, and those whose existence burns dimly.

“He will not grow faint or be crushed until he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his teaching.” (Verse 4)

He is also strong, and will not be crushed nor pushed aside. Maybe that determination of the Divine spirit got misunderstood as the way we are to act towards humanity.

“Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people upon it and spirit to those who walk in it: I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the LORD, that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to idols. See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” (Verses 5 – 9)

And now the New Testament.

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.” (Verses 1 – 2)

If not before, now Lazarus and his family had attention paid to them. Because Jesus allowed Lazarus to triumph over what was an early death, the social atmosphere had become heated and charged. And an innocent one was almost a victim of this.

“Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?” (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.” {Verses 3 – 8)

Mary, as you remember, sat at Jesus’ feet taking in the teachings of Jesus. She did this while her sister Martha bustled around the household preparing meals and serving guests – as was considered the place of women. It is my own interpretation that Jesus defended her and her actions based on his previous decision of not quashing her spirit and her desire for learning.

“When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.” (Verses 9 – 11)

Lazarus and his entire household were under the protection of Jesus. We are too, beloved reader. Our supposed human strength will not withstand the trials and tribulations that this world has. And, it will not withstand that judgment when the end of all days come. We need Jesus!