Lent Day 22
i see in this passage myself. Sword wielding, zealot for the Lord's sake. (should i call down fire now lord?) The irony is that Jesus insisted that they go out with swords but not use them in matters such as this. Of interest is the view of soveriengty that Jesus teaches ( he is forever teaching his followers- even through their own mistakes!). "Couldn't I call down 12 legions of angels?"
We are so foolish - thinking that Jesus needs us to stick up for him. He knows what he is doing!
But our trust level is very much dependant on the boat not rocking. We have to see the end from the beginning in order to truly grasp what God, in his infinite wisdom, in doing. On this most sacred of nights- Jesus is not being arrested... he is surrendering. Surrendering to the will of God, to the Lordship of the heavenly master. He is showing us that although he doesn't have to he will lay down his life voluntarily.
No wonder that in 1 John 3.16 the apostle John describes love in this very powerful way. "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brethren." I am supposed to mimic my master.
Trusting in every circumstance won't be easy...just necessary.