Jonah saw the whole thing coming off the rails, long before Jesus of Nazareth got here.
So then in Luke 4, young whipper snapper Jesus sits down in the synagogue, & begins to read your favorite text, as if he wrote it. And you were loving, all that stuff about good news...
And can we just tell the truth for a minute?
You thought you would get an accountant who’d make sure all the bookkeeping worked out right, ensuring that everybody gets exactly what they deserve. Instead, the full revelation of God is...just a bleeding lamb?
Sometimes, the good news really does feels like bad news first.
And yet, what sweet disappointment!
The tender black eyes of the lamb has seen all of this, without judgement, & now taken all the judgment onto himself.
The maker didn’t kill him, we did.
Yet all we got in response to this, was mercy.
Look into the eyes of the Lamb again. They do not flicker back & forth, between mercy & murder.
He is God’s final word to us.