With agreement of purpose they came to the place chosen by the Most High God. “Here The Confrontation will begin.”

So it began; Jesus said to them, “Whom do you seek”. They were compelled to state their purpose: “Jesus of Nazareth”.

Do you want to see the power of God? Look at what the demon filled people did at the Lord’s response: “I Am He”, Jesus said. At that the mob drew back and fell to the ground.  

Demon filled?  Do not forget, when Judas left the dinner he left under the command of satan who was in him.  The ruler of the kingdom of air against the ruler of all eternity.  Yes, the minion was present in that garden.    

The people themselves were unsure of why they had come, they were simply following a nondescript order, “Bring in Jesus of Nazareth”. But the demons in them knew they had come for a singular purpose. They had come to murder the Word of God.  

When they fell away from God at first, they murdered the Word within them. Now they come as if to complete their wickedness.  They came to complete their challenge to the Majesty of the Living God.  

It has been said that the people drew back for fear of the destruction that would surely come to one who blasphemes the Holy Name of God.  But I know I can say with confidence; their appearance in that place at that time was most conspicuous.  

A physical manifestation of reality.  A fight to the death.  The drawing back shows the dawning of sobriety, the realization of why they had come.  It was the beginning of culmination for the desire of God’s enemy. “Force the Son of God to recant his position.”  God willing met them in that place!

In the passage, we are not looking at religious men gone crazy with a lust for blood. We are looking at the beginning of the greatest possible conflict in all eternity.  

Christ is LORD!


The Ultimate Object Lesson

Are you ready to get your brain full this morning?

I keep saying that we should “think eternity”.  And I promise that the more you do, the more you will be ready on the spur of the moment to speak about Christ your Lord.  More and more, you will replace the fear of evangelism with an excited desire.

Here’s the ticket for the ride of your life:

Absolutely everything in creation speaks to us of the Son of God.  From a pencil and eraser to the depths of the sea.  Every conversation people have.  Every single thought that goes through our minds.  Everything we love and everything we hate.  Everything we use and everything we are willing to destroy.

If you make it a habit to think about it, the association between the common and the Holy will come to you in a split-second.  The real plus here is that it takes almost no discipline at all.  I guarantee you the Lord is willing to help us understand.

The Paths of God

English: Multiple paths The lower path goes ro...

English: Multiple paths The lower path goes round to the Holy Well while the upper one skirts above it. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,

 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way”

 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

make straight paths for him.’”  (Mark 1: 1-3)

In my mind’s eye I can see that verse as describing the advent of the body of Christ.  He comes from heaven and grows into a man.  Ready to do the will of His Father among us, His Holy words ride the obedient as if paths through ages and humanity.  What an amazing concept.  The question, however, is:  Shall we offer the Holy Spirit a twisty-turny-bumpy-garbage strewn path on which to glide through time?  How obvious can the answer be?

By His Grace.