MESSAGE FOR THE OPPRESSOR

Jesus was never afraid to talk about ‘the elephant in the room’. Calling Herod a fox was an echo of what the Jews all believed but only whispered in hushed tones. Having come out with it, Jesus now delivers a message that remains the same to any unruly oppressor who perverts justice.


Luke 13:
 32 He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!


Jesus is not about to back down from doing the right things. Jesus is bringing mercy and hope to the most distressed citizens. He was doing what the politicians were incapable of doing. Deliverance and healing were not policies empowered by any Senate.

This is the work of God who rules above earthly principalities and powers. Jesus recognized that he had a short window of opportunity to fulfill his mission. He will end up in Jerusalem, the center of power in the ancient world of Judaism. He identifies that he is a prophet and will die for the truth.

Now at this point, if this were a typical Hollywood movie, the director would have Jesus break into a long speech about how he is determined to let nothing dissuade him. With drums rolling, and a close up of Jesus with clenched jaw and steely eyes, he would say "Tell Herod, that I have not yet begun to fight".
Yet, Jesus responds in a way that is nothing like what our century expects of a hero. He responds with lament, with tears, with sadness, and with love. Love for the center of power. Love for the people of Jerusalem. Love for the Pharisees. Love for his people. 


(excerpt from http://www.jameslove.com/sermons/Sermon_Luke_13_31-35.htm )

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