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Acts of Random Kindness

By Benjamin H. Liles

          He didn't do anything to harm anyone else. More often than not, Him and his followers, just twelve ordinary men, did what God--the Father--gave Him a command to do. He knew His mission. And countless times He wanted to stop, to simply give up. More than likely His feet were blistered, but we don't know for sure as scripture is silent on that issue. But Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, a descendant of David, the shepherd-boy who became king, gave up everything He was to do what God commanded of Him.

          Let's listen to what God says of His faithful servant, the Christ, that is the Messiah, Jesus:

          "My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do" (Isaiah 55:11, Holman Christian Standard). But then again, He also said this of His firstborn and only begotten Son:  "Hear now, O house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of men? Will you try the patience of my God as well? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and she will call Him Immanuel. By the time he knows enough to reject evil and choose good, He will be eating curds and honey. For before the boy knows enough to reject evil and choose good, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste" (Isaiah 7:13-16, Berean Study).

          At the time of His birth in Israel, then only the kingdom--a remnant of Judah, Benjamin and few Israeli tribes, Rome occupied the territory. This is the first king, Caesar who ruled from Rome through His procurators, lords, and various vassals. And then there was another King, who came from the house of David, as previously mentioned. These are the kings Isaiah refers to, when he writes, "the land of two kings will be laid waste." For by the time of 70AD, which isn't that far off from 33AD, after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Jerusalem had been truly laid to waste.

          As an act of random kindness, not just to the people of Israel, but to a Samaritan woman, as well as a Roman Centurion, He gave of Himself, without complaint to heal them of various sicknesses and diseases. Indeed, He did. One gospel writer said of Him, "The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28, New American Standard). He Himself sent word back to John, saying, "The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them" (Isaiah 35:5; Matthew 11:5, New King James). 

          And this is what He did: He gave up His life so that we may have the righteousness of God poured into us. He gave us a way to put off our sinful, earthly, and fleshly self--full of selfishness, of greed, of blasphemy, and ruin--so that we can be the children of the Living God who sent His Son, Jesus the Messiah, to be our Savior. Under Jesus the world is redeemed, and when He comes back, will He find those faithful to Him? (see Luke 18:8). When He does return and it will be soon, not in the sense as we call "Soon," but in the sense of soon as God sees it: "But they will have to give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead" (1 Peter 4:5, Berean Study). 

          Yet the point is that we are His ambassadors of truth, love, compassion and justice' and this is His justice, to give without ceasing to those who need it, whether they deserve it or not. We are not ambassadors of retribution, but ambassadors of His love, mercy and grace. We must love others as He first loved us, regardless what the world does to us, or even through it's own followers who rather seek after destruction. John said it this way, "Beloved, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him. And love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 4:7-10).

          Thus, acts of random kindness should show to whom we belong. And we do it His way, not in our own way or by the way of this world, or the pattern thereof. We who belong to Jesus are to live as He did, giving up ourselves, our rights, to be as much as who He is so they may see the glory and righteousness of the Living God. It is by and through this we have Him, His blessings, a wondrous joy, and His enduring love. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, who can also be yours, Amen.