I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10
One woman’s nightmare is another woman’s dream. It’s all relative. A divorced woman lives a happily married woman’s nightmare. Yet that same divorced woman, if she has a home, lives a homeless woman’s dream. Life can be very tough, but it could always be worse. The trick is to compare down – without being condescending.
In Jesus’ day, the Jews hoped for a conquering Messiah. He would crush the tyranny of Rome. And it was tyranny. Taxes were financially devastating. Marching Roman soldiers thought nothing of trampling Jewish children beneath their feet. Punishment for resisting Rome’s cruel oppression was extremely harsh, public crucifixion being common. Everyone longed for retribution on a personal level. Their Messiah would surely be the answer.