I come to serve
not to be served.

Today this scripture
is fulfilled in your sight.

Jesus preached of the coming of the Kingdom of Heaven,
and pointed out that it could be here and now,
a part of our everyday experience of life.

He described that kingdom in his teaching,
mirroring the call of the ancient prophets,
which Matthew's Gospel consolidated as
the Sermon on the Mount.

It was a radical message, challenging the dogma of the day,
the pharisaic search for righteousness and
the authority of the priesthood.

It was a message that was widely welcomed by the peasantry
but firmly rejected by authority as revolutionary
and a product of the unwashed underclass.

It was a message which led
to Crucifixion.

The Message of Jesus sought to present a different way,
to convince others that love could undermine power;
that the sword was not the only way to conquer.

Sadly it was then lost as power-driven clerics
promoted their own brand of Christianity
through the medium of violent warfare
and military conquest.