Do you remember Bazooka Bubblegum? Each piece of candy came with a little joke or riddle. As I recall, one of my favorites went like:
Question: “What did the man say when his cat was run over by a steamroller?
Answer: “He didn’t say anything. He just stood there with a long puss!”
The man’s cat was destroyed and he didn’t say anything or do anything? Was he waiting for someone else to come along and wring the neck of his canary also?
We learn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to “Turn the other cheek.”
We learn from the Beatitudes that “The meek will inherit the earth.” (Also from the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7.
The Sermon on the Mount is all about strength and faith. It is about turning a defiant face from the cares of this world, and focusing on the joys and blessings of a life in fellowship with God. Jesus is our gateway!
Why “turn the other cheek?” Why to prove, defiantly, that it does not matter if a mortal strikes us. We are above striking him back. The man who struck us does not matter, compared to the comfort and joy faith in God brings. This takes tremendous strength and self-control.
From the four Gospels we learn that Jesus was spat upon and beaten as He was enduring His last hours prior to His execution. It must have taken tremendous strength, composure, and self-control to keep from striking down his accusers.
It did not matter that His accusers struck or tried to destroy Him. Jesus kept his eyes and His heart on His mission, a mission of salvation for His beloved followers.
Jesus endured all of this for our sake. Our faith is all He asks in return.
This world can seem like a treacherous place indeed. But if we keep the faith, as we learn in Matthew 5 – 7, we are delivered from the hands of our enemies and into the awaiting bosom of our Father in Heaven. Have faith.