Jesus surprised John with grace. John expected the Messiah to bring the fire and brimstone of the final judgment; instead, the Messiah brought the love and mercy of grace. This interaction between Jesus and John’s disciples reveals the rest of the story of the good news. Jesus is not a Messiah that brings the final judgment with fire and brimstone; he is not a Messiah that will defeat the powers and principalities with weapons and warfare; he is a Messiah that is born humbly and that dies shamefully. Jesus reveals that the power of God does not lie in judgment and punishment, but in love and mercy.
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