The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The power of the meek

To every generation, Jesus reveals afresh the true nature of power

The world celebrates the third millennium because a penniless country rabbi from a backwater nation spent three years preaching a message so radical, so subversive, that secular and religious authorities conspired to execute him.

Jesus of Nazareth reset civilization's clock.

Through the sterile lens of history, Jesus appears an improbable central figure of the last 2,000 years: He amassed no wealth, commanded no army, held no political office and sought no rank in formal religion.

But through the lens of faith, this paradox only confirms the truthfulness of who Jesus was and what he taught. He said the first would be last, the last would be first and the greatest would be the servant to all.

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