On: August 16, 2015 | By: SWLadmin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
But the crowd insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.” On hearing this, Pilate asked if the man was a Galilean. When he learned that Jesus was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. When Herod saw Jesus, he was greatly pleased, because for a long time he had been wanting to see him. From what he had heard about him, he hoped to see him perform a sign of some sort. He plied him with many questions, but Jesus gave him no answer. Luke 23:5-9
A passing onlooker would assume it was the authorities who were in control of this situation, as their prisoner was helplessly passed from one big wig to another.
The fact that Jesus remained silent, doesn’t just indicate that He was exercising enormous self control, as He was pushed around; it suggests He was comfortable with how things were progressing. Comfortable, in the sense He was reconciled to the fact that He would be wrongly accused, falsely tried, unjustly found guilty, scandalously torturedand shamefully crucified. This was the pathHe had to walk and He was not just in control of himself, He was in control of the entire situation.
It’s a lengthy step from this historic drama to my situation today. Yet, if I am following where Jesus leads, I will need to be aware and comfortable with the disconnect betweenhow things might appear in the world’s eyes and how they appear to Him. It may often seem that others are getting the upper hand, as they push themselves forward, and I make less progress. For example, they get a promotion, I don’t. But if, through prayer, I believe this to be in line with God’s plan for my life, I should keep calm and carry on, undeterred.
Or I might feel limp as others gossip, swear and backstab their way through an after-workconversation – whilst I seek to portray a more positive, but less spicy perspective. The Bible is quite clear on this, so I stick to my guns, however limp I might feel. It is me who is being salt and light, so I must hold onto that.
Father God, enable me to see the situations around me as You see them. Strengthen me to accept that I might often be going in the opposite direction to everyone else. Give me confidence to stick on in there. Amen