Why Did Jesus Not Retaliate?

As Angie and I were discussing the other day, we cherished the fact that Jesus didn’t retaliate when they spoke evil of Him, when they abused Him, or when they neglected Him. Of course, the occurrence most Christians look to in defense of our own aggressions is when He enacted righteous indignation at the money changers in the temple. Turning His Dad’s house into a den of thieves! As we contemplated His harshest actions during His ministry, they had to do with defending family! No wonder we get so heated when our loved ones are being attacked, feeling attacked, or just not being appreciated. While we are in good company with this sentiment, let me share some thoughts from Soren Kierkegaard, “Omnipotence which can lay its hand so heavily upon the world can also make its touch so light that the creature receives independence.” While I certainly wish I could employ a heavier touch more often, it appears that God’s kindness, tenderness, and softer touch are most prevailing. Listen to Gordon MacDonald on this, “Instead of crushing the power of evil by divine force; instead of compelling justice and destroying the wicked; instead of making peace on earth by the rule of a perfect prince; He let evil work its will while it lived; He contented Himself with the slow unencouraging ways of help essential; making men good; casting out, not merely controlling Satan…To love righteousness is to make it grow, not to avenge it…He resisted every impulse to work more rapidly for a lower good.” (MacDonald, Life Essential, p.24). While Jesus does not force Himself upon any who are unwilling, we must remember that “love covers a multitude of sins.”

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