Jesus knew that those who saw themselves as devoted and holy were also sinners. He knew Isaiah 52 flowed into Isaiah 53. Who really sees the Lord's arm bared? What is that great and glorious power? It is the suffering servant! The kingdom was breaking in and we did not recognize it. But that was God's way. His majisty, beauty, power in the servant's wounds that heal us.
That's what makes God's kingdom so wonderful and strange. Not something simple like the hundreds of political coups. Jesus pushes into our minds two splinters. Everyone is looking for meaning, deep satisfaction, something that makes a difference. Mone? Fame? Power? Jesus says learning God's way, followeing his suffering servant, aligning your life with the love and purpose of the creator of everything (including you). A treasure, a pearl.
Do you understand? Jesus asks. Yes. No. The more you do, he says the more you will realize that what seems so radically new and challenging is in continuity with that God has