Greeting in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory; (Matthew 12:20)
Jesus Christ is a humble king. He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. (Matthew 12:19) He is also a compassionate king with full of mercy. He does not break a bruised reed, nor quench a smoldering wick. His warm and loving arms protect those who are suffering and yeaning for mercy and grace. His bosom is the place that we want to be, especially when we are bitten and bruised in our life, or when we are smoldering before an unbearable hardship. His arms are always open to us, His voice is always soft, and His eye is full of tears for us in love because we are bruised and smoldering. Just lift up eyes and look up the face of Jesus, who is waiting for us like a father constantly searches for his prodigal son. Still a long way off, he saw, ran, embraced, and kissed his prodigal son. (Luke 15:20)
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. (Matt 18:12-13)
Jesus set off even for one single lost sheep, which has gone astray. She followed her own desire and chased down for the cares of the world. Of course, she initially thought that she would be a better place with full of things that she desired. However, she ended up a place full of dangers, where nobody cared for her. She was lost physically, mentally and spiritually. We are not much different from the lost sheep. We tend to follow our own desire and to chase down the riches of the world, although what we chase on earth are like morning fog, which exists momentary and disappears as sun rises. This chase seems harmless initially, but it is slowly and gradually consuming us from inside out. Then suddenly, we realize that we are lost. Shame, despair, and fears are torturously engulfing us, but this is a very time to lift up eyes, and look up Jesus, who is always there with full of compassion. He is right next to us with open arm. He brings us back to where we ought to be, and restores us in His kingdom, i.e., our Home.
On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. (1 Corinthian 12:22-25)
In His kingdom, there is no more suffering and darkness because Jesus is the light. (Revelation 21:23) His kingdom is not like a kingdom that we see and know of on earth. The weaker are indispensible, and they got greater honor. There is no division. All the members have mutual concern for one another to build one body of Jesus in the love of Jesus.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthian 12:26-27)
Therefore, if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. We together build one body of Christ, and individual members of it. Praise the Lord! All, both the lost and the faithful, are one, because we are one in Him, and we will radiate the same compassion, mercy and love in Jesus Christ. Sing praise and give the highest praise to our Lord because His mercy endure forever! Amen.