My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Swords and Clubs!
Immediately while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, came up accompanied by a crowd with swords and clubs, who were from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.
(Mark 14:43 NASB)
This is the night that Jesus will be arrested. He's gone to the
garden to pray. He is a man of peace. He never planned to overthrow
the government. His kingdom was completely different from anything they
had ever experienced. He and his disciples did not travel around
heavily armed. Their armor was God, himself and yet, Judas, who should
have known Jesus so well, leads the band of those coming to arrest him
and they bring with them their weapons. Weapons from a human kingdom
are brought to do battle with the King of God's kingdom. Somehow I
think the author brings them up because they represent the sheer irony
of the moment. Like a group of children arriving with toothpicks to do
battle against a well-trained member of t the secret forces the scene
was just as ridiculous. The swords and clubs were completely useless
against someone like Jesus.
We have to notice a couple of things here. First of all, they were
fighting their battles in the wrong realm, and second they brought the
wrong weapons. Too often we are doing the same thing as we try to
engage in warfare here in the earthly realm when what is really going on
is happening in the spiritual. Jesus was constantly inviting people
into the new kingdom. He wants us to step out of this world and into
his kingdom, while we continue living here. That was Jesus' whole point
of praying that they be "in" the world but not "of" the world. At the
same time our battles are very often spiritual battles and not earthly
battles. Sadly, we often think we have to be prepared for doing battle
in the earthly realm and forget about preparing our weapons for the
spiritual realm. We need to spend time with the Lord on a daily basis!
(I know I say this over and over...but it's so foundational!) We need
to be in the word, and praying! It is only in these places that God can
speak to our hearts and teach us how to be children of his kingdom,
while still living here on this earth. However, it is also the only way
that we will learn which weapons are really appropriate for us to carry
with us. Sadly, I'm afraid that even many of those who call themselves
Christians today just might show up with the wrong weapons!
Lord, please help me to be sensitive to your guidance every day and
may you prepare me to carry with me what you believe I need to have for
your kingdom! Amen.