Monday, March 05, 2007

A Life Surrendered

Lent Day 13

Matt 26:50-54 Jesus replied, "Friend, do what you came for."
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. 51 With that, one of Jesus' companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
52 "Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. 53 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?" NIV

It is easy to miss the fact, as we are watching from the wings, that Jesus is completely in control of this moment. The Disciples missed this. Like most of us they were rattled by the crisis that lay immediately before them. Their Master was being apprehended and arrested. When things go wrong right in front of us , when our expectations are crushed, when the circumstances of our faith are frustrated- we are apt to forget that the Lord is fully in charge.

The disciples were swinging away - responding in fleshly panic- Jesus makes it crystal clear. No man takes his life... he gives it freely. Once laid down, his life would be the redemption price for the world's lost and dying people. With Jesus there is no panic. Only a sense of duty to purchase for God men from all tribes and languages.

Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us...

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