Yesterday, I watched a news report about dental clinics who were doing unnecessary dental procedures on children with Medicare dollars. In fact, the report said that some of the procedures were abusive because the children were not given enough anesthesia. One mother was crying telling the reporter that it was her fault because she couldn't find a job that paid enough for her to afford to take her children to the dentist with her own money. That ripped my heart out! People are exposing children to abusive treatments in order to make money and a mother feels it is her fault. That is a heavy burden to bear. Today on the news, I heard about a shooting at a mall that killed two people. I also watched a little 11 year old girl in Mexico fighting leukemia defending her parents who chose to pull her out of a Phoenix hospital to get treatment in Mexico. While she was in Phoenix, she had an arm amputated due to a bacterial infection she caught in the hospital. She told the reporter that her parents don't want her to die in the hospital. That's a heavy weight for an 11 year old to carry. Where is the hope in all these situations? Matthew 12:15-21 reminds us there is an eternal hope that transcends everything.
These verses tell us that Jesus knew that the Pharisees were planning to kill Him, so He left the area and continued to heal many people. He told them to not reveal who He was. We are told in these verses that this was to fulfill prophecy found in Isaiah 42:1-4. We are told in these verses that He will proclaim justice to all nations and through Him justice will be victorious. There are so many interesting statements in the prophecy, but the one that sticks out the most for me is, "His name will be the hope of the world," (Matthew 12:21, NLT). Look, the hope that Jesus brings is so powerful that His name is the hope of the world. Isn't that amazing? The Greek word, ethnos, is the word that is translated world. This word can mean nations or world, but it is also a term that was used to mean any Gentile nation.
This is an important piece to this prophecy because it draws us to see why Jesus was being pushed away by His own people. He was rejected by His own and He became the eternal hope to all of us. When this world pounds down on us so hard, we can cling to the justice and hope that Jesus promises. The Greek word for justice is krisis, which can be translated as justice, right, judgement, separation, or selection. Don't you find it interesting that we are told that this will be brought to even the Gentile nations? Could this prophecy be telling us that He would select those in all nations? Consider that we are reminded of this prophecy right after we see that His own people were plotting to kill Him. He will select those who rely on the hope He brings. That is our hope in a world that can bring so much hurt. This is the hope that Jesus wants us to share with everyone. Our hope is in the sacrifice that Jesus made through death on the cross. Our hope is in the victory Jesus had over the separation that death put between Him and God. Our hope is in the victory that He shares with anyone who believes.
That is the hope of the world!
This post is linked with Word Filled Wednesday.