Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative in order to present Jesus in the context he walked with the unknown disciple that narrates presenting my thoughts and sparking more thoughts with his questions. Enjoy.
We didn’t stick around long though. There was a plot to kill Jesus for shaming the Pharisees that day. We went to the nearby lake, however, a large crowd was following us.
“Is it true that he heals and casts out spirits?”, we were asked.
People were coming from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, across the Jordan River in the Decapolis area, and north by the Mediterranean. Jesus told us to prepare a boat as the crowd grew and grew. People were crowding forward to be healed, reaching for him, desperate for a touch.
The demon-possessed fell down, screaming, “You are the Son of God!” as they left their victims. Yet, Jesus was telling people to be quiet about it, don’t tell others what he was doing.
“Why?” I asked our group.
Matthew answered after a moment, “This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.”
Everyone recognized that as from the prophet Isaiah.
“Isn’t that about Israel?” Thomas questioned.
“Yes, but Isaiah prophesized later that God said Israel failed. ‘“Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!
Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send? Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?‘. Later God gave that mission to the Messiah to fulfill. ‘This is what the Lord says—the Redeemer and Holy One of Israel—to him who was despised and abhorred by the nation, to the servant of rulers: “Kings will see you and stand up, princes will see and bow down, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.‘ I think this may be it.”
We stared at Jesus and wondered. Even more so when he started up the mountain without us…
Matthew 12:15-21, Mark 3:7-12, Isaiah 42:1-4, 18-19: 49:7