In 2018, The world was shocked by the tragic deaths of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. Kate was an internationally Famous fashion designer best known for creating colorful designer handbags. Her company, Kate Spade New York, once had more than 140 retail shops and outlet stores across the United States in more than 175 stores internationally. In 1999, she and her husband, Andy spade, sold 56% of the brand to Neiman Marcus for $33.6 million. By all earthly standards, Kate Spade had a wonderful life. She had fame and fortune, but none of that was enough to help Kate in her darkest hour. Sadly, this beautiful, bright, creative, savvy businesswoman took her own life at age 55 on June 5, 2018
There's no doubt that Jesus grew up influenced by people that was like him. He studied in the synagogues. He loved his Jewish people. But it is no surprise that at the beginning of Jesus his public ministry, he intentionally went to three marginalized communities.
Matthew chapter 8 says "When he came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, "Lord, If you will, you can make me clean" (Matt. 8:1-2). Leprosy was a skin disease that had awful physical afflictions. Leprosy was not only a terrible disease, but it was also defiling; anyone who had it was considered ceremonially unclean and cut off from any religious or social services in the community.
Jesus Christ crosses the barriers of society, race, and now a gender. Women and Israel were considered second-class citizens because they were born a female. One of the 18 Prayers recited by the religious Israelite men each day was a prayer of thanks to God for not being born a woman. Considering that Matthew is riding to a Jewish audience, you can see God's intention to get across very clearly that Jesus came not only for the Jews, but that the kingdom of heaven is open to all who believe. To be like Jesus is to delight In giving Grace to the Jew, the outcast, the Gentile, the slave, the oppressed, and the oppressor.