If you were forced to describe yourself in one sentence, what would you say? What would you say if you could only use one word? However you would describe yourself, it is certainly very unlike how Jesus describes himself. Instead of asserting his dominance and authority through coercion and force, Christ proclaims a gospel of the kingdom that is predicated on meekness.
Many make the mistake in believing that meekness is a trait that is associated with weakness. If you are a meek person, you’re a doormat, a person who gets walked over by the CEOs and superstars. But such an understanding completely misses what meekness is. Furthermore, meekness isn’t merely “strength under control.” In actuality, meekness is understanding where your true strength lies.
There is, perhaps, no better scene to identify who the church is for and what church should be about than the parable Jesus relays in Luke 18, that being the parable of “The Pharisee and the Publican.” In this short account, Christ plainly discloses the leveling nature of the gospel, in that it’s for sinners, because sinners are all that there are. The good news is for fakers and fugitives alike.