So shall he startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which has not been told them they shall see, and that which they have not heard they shall understand.
The success of the Christian faith is so remotely improbable (from a worldly perspective) that it boggles the mind. If you had looked at any of the political statistics, economic indicators, or opinion polls on an April afternoon in roughly 30 AD, you would never have foreseen in a trillion guesses that a peasant who had just been laid in the grave in absolute obscurity after dying a criminal’s death a few hours before would one day be evoked by nations and kings on the other side of the world and that they would look to Him as very God and pin their hopes and dreams on Him. Nonetheless, the thing happened and is continuing to happen to this day. Today’s verse records a prophecy that has been strictly fulfilled down to the letter in countless history books. Jesus has indeed shut the mouths of kings, startled nations and taught peoples who had never heard of Him in life, but who fall at His feet now that He has conquered death.