The majority of people that Jesus personally knew would live a full lifespan, raise a family and die common deaths. Jesus was not in the majority. He submitted to God’s plan in a way that made him unique from most other people.
The majority of Rome’s citizens were not arrested and put to death by crucifixion. Most people kept the law. This punishment was reserved for a minority who exhibited criminal behaviour and attitudes toward the state. Somehow, Jesus was executed in a way that was used against the true enemies of Rome. He was numbered with the transgressors. He surrendered to the will of God as an act of love.
In what ways are you a minority? How do you differ from the people who surround you? Here are some examples of how you may feel that you are unique from others.
· Ethnic minority
· A single person surrounded by couples
· A religious faith that is not understood by others
· Some form of disability
· Physical characteristic of height, weight or physical condition
· Lack of peers in your age group
· A history you want to hide from
· The poorest, the least educated, the least athletic
This is a biblical theme. There are so many stories of people who were orphaned, isolated or part of a small group facing constant opposition. The Bible is filled with stories of people behaving badly and inconsistently and their struggle to respond rightly to God. This is one of the reasons I believe the Bible is true. It does not candy coat or ignore the human condition. The Bible illustrates the quest to know God in the midst of struggle, failure and loneliness.
We see it in individuals and we see it in small groups.