Monday, February 28, 2011

Fear is Temporary - John 18

John 18Jesus Arrested
1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.
4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said.
8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” 9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”[a]
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.
Today Jesus started out by telling me, "Let me teach you about fear."  Then He told me that the opposite of fear was courage, boldness, and faith (as a side note, isn't it interesting that there are three opposites of fear - God overlays every attack of the enemy several times over).

Jesus showed us this by example, when the soldiers came to arrest Him, he did not run and hide, he didn't cry or plead His case.  He stated, "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"  That statement alone shows courage, boldness, and faith! 

The Lord told me that fear is only temporary, and blinds you to what is real and eternal.  It's away of surrendering your authority as a believer. 

Jesus went willingly with the soldiers, and never surrendered over to fear of what was coming, because His Father dealt this out for Him and He knew that His place on the cross was only temporary! 

Jesus saw beyond temporary, and kept the right perspective.  He was courageous, bold, and faithful to the plans of God.

Amen.

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