Even Jesus was treated with insult, but 2 Peter 2:23 says , He did not retaliate. He knows that His Father sees His heart and He knows His purpose. It was the core of His thoughts and it helped Him control the words that could come out of His mouth. He could defend Himself to truth, but He didn’t.
May this Jesus’ character be an inspiration to us. To keep our composure a best offense (Ecclesiastes) in whatever we hear from other people.
Succeeding verse shares how Jesus managed to do that…that instead, He entrusted himself to Him who judges justly.
He was in control because He was focused on His purpose and that is to die on the cross so we may die to sins and live for righteousness.
Let us always be like a sheep, who hears only voice of the Shepherd, the Overseer of our souls, so that in this life we may always remember to say, The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
Jesus was famous for His questions.
Do you want to be healed?
Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?
Have you understood all these things?
How many loaves do you have?
Who do you say I am?
Will you wait with me?
Jesus knows what we need and want, but He wants us to be ready before he took them on.
In Bethesda, a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been in this condition for a long time, Jesus asked
Do you want to get well?”
Do you want to be healed? Seems like a throw away question to a man who had been lying around on a mat for most of his life. Yet Jesus didn’t want to just de-mat him unless the man himself could admit that he was ready.
He knows that he doesn’t have anyone to help him into the pool when the water is stirred and there would be someone else to go down ahead of him. John 5:8, but He gave him the privilege to utter what he really wants.
What do you want right now?
He knows.. but He is asking you.
Laurie Beth, Be Asked Open Ended Questions, Focus, p27
Incredible revelations in the midst of confinement, chaos, and pain – that’s how it works! The difficult circumstances you’re going through right now can actually clear your perceptions, cause you to seek God as never before, and find answers for you life.
John’s predicament proves that negative experiences don’t hide the Lord – they reveal Him. (Rev 1:17)
Where did God prove His faithfulness to Daniel? In the lion’s den
Where did the Lord reveal Himself to the three Hebrew children? In a fire heated seven times over.
Where did God prove his miracles to Peter? When he had a miraculous escape from prison.
There’s a place in God where fiery trials consume everything except your desire to know Him. Though that place may sometimes escape your grasp, never let it escape your gaze.
From WORD 4U Today, The Edge Media, April-May-June 2010 Edition
I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. Matthew 10:34
Jesus was a master of cutting away what was false, whether it was the hypocrisy of the Pharisees or the illegitimate relationship of the woman at the well. He was adamant that people be unbound and set free. His silence when he was on a trial cut like a knife into the hearts of those who were falsely accusing him out of their own fears.
Sometimes, somethings keep holding us back – a false belief, a distracting assignment, an unhealthy relationship, a wrong character – these things that must be cut away, yet we at times, tend to cling to what is familiar, even if it is pulling us down.
The Hall of Love has ten thousand swords. Don’t be afraid to use one – Rumi
Excerpts from Jesus Life Coach.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CUT AWAY FROM YOUR LIFE?
Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.
I don’t have to give up my life just because I’m hurt. I don’t have to give up my dreams just because I stumbled. I don’t have to forget my future, because of my past. I am focused to do what I ought to do. All for God’s glory.
Laurie Beth shared these words: No matter what was going on in Jesus’ life, he kept his focus. It never wavered. Whether people were praising him with palm fronds or whipping him with cords, his focus remained the same. He came to do the will of His father, no matter what. Whether he was at a party or a funeral, a meeting or a prayer breakfast, he always stayed true to what he came here to do. Jesus practiced focused thinking and kept growing in wisdom and favor until such a time as he was able to effect a far greater change.
There are a lot of distractions that can hinder us to do our goals in life, but that doesn’t mean that if we fail, we must stop. Life consists of failures and it should not hinder us to pursue our goals. Make it a stepping stone for a better view, make it a ladder for a step up, make it a stop to rest – but never stay defeated.
Narrowing focus, broadening the reach.
Planned abandonment means learning how and when to say no, as well as cultivating the discipline of saying no. Because we live in a day and age when opportunities are endless, and ‘acres of diamonds’ lay everywhere at our feet, we need to be able to understand what to pick up and what to put down.
Having too many choices can be just as paralyzing as having or no choice at all.
However, planned abandonment doesn’t mean walking away from something that is difficult or isn’t working anymore. It means choosing between good and great, between better and best, saying no to all that glitters and discern what truly shines.
Jesus understood this and demonstrated it when he put down the hammer in the carpenter shop and picked up his walking stick. Being a carpenter was something he did very well, but there was something higher and more unique that he could do better than anyone else. He went toward that ‘occupation’, and the world was forever changed.
When Mary choose to leave her kitchen duties in favor of listening to Jesus, she was praised for her planned abandonment. Luke 10:42
Laurie Beth Jones.
It seems that one day Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, went camping. As the night wore on, Sherlock woke up, leaned over, and asked Watson,
“What do you see?”
“Sherlock, I see the North Star, which has helped guide us to this spot. Beyond that I see the Big Dipper and the tail of Orion. I also can make out the edges of the Milky Way and know that there are unique verses expanding beyond that’….
Watson was about to continue his rapturous explanation when suddenly Sherlock elbowed him and hissed,
“Watson, you idiot, someone has stolen our tent!
Jesus once described himself as coming ‘like a thief in the night’. I love the idea of his coming to steal our tent – the tent of our limited perspective – the tent of our fragile and segmented understandings – the tent that we think is keeping us safe, but is really just keeping us from seeing the universe.
Let Jesus steal the tent of our perspective – the tent of our small mindedness and limited thinking.
From the Book, Jesus Life Coach.