Yeshua came as the very antithesis of what the people of Israel were looking and hoping for in a Messiah. In John 13, he is sharing with his disciples some of his final words before his death. He did not preach the overthrow of the Romans. He did not preach a prosperity gospel. He taught that we are here to love and serve one another - to put the poor and overlooked people of society above ourselves. .
"If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount. But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil. Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful." - Luke 6:32-36
Yeshua's message was a continuation of the Torah, that the G-d we serve is full of compassion - רַחוּם rachum. (Deut. 4:31) Yeshua gave us the one on one example of how far that rachum goes. .
In everything we do and say, we should consider our action in light of this example. We must set aside our own way of thinking to see people the way El Rachum - the G-d of compassion - sees them. Our actions are a reflection of him. Our service to others flows from the compassion of G-d to all people. .
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