KEY SCRIPTURE: Joh 11:54 KJV “Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.”
In our key scripture, the Lord Jesus was being pursued by the religious leaders to kill Him. The Lord wisely kept Himself from public gatherings. Why did He do that?
The Lord Jesus according to Matt 26:53 reads, ” Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? The Lord had legions of angels at His disposal. One legion is about two to six thousand. All these angels would protect Him, against these feeble leaders. What would have been the implication of employing angels to protect Him? That would have made Him simply unapproachable and very fearful. His ultimate program of coming to die for mankind would have been defeated.
The Lord had come to fulfill the will of God. He said, “thy will be done.” God had sent Him to give His life as a ransom for all men. He had to obey it to the letter. The time for His crucifixion was not ready then, so He had to humbly stay away from public life.
What does the Lord’s action teach us. As children of God, we do not live for ourselves. We are here to please the Lord in all that we do. In whatever state, social status or place that we may find ourselves, we must do all things, not to please ourselves. Christian marriages would be very peaceful, if couples decide to live according to the word or will of God.
The action of the Lord could be described as meekness. Meekness is strength under control. This is an attitude of not insisting on your rights for the sake of peace and cordial living among neighbours, partners, or family. Dear one, in our dealings with others, can we make certain concessions in order to broker peace and assist that association go forward?
There have been moments when two cars face each other at paths that are too narrow, for the two cars to move concurrently. These drivers, either, out of pride decide not to retreat for the neighbour to go. In some cases, they park the cars and other vehicles cannot pass by. This is when one must be meek, to throw away his pride or right and retreat to allow the other to go.
Father, I pray for all children of God, and all places that strive is dominating them. I pray that various persons will bring their strengths under control, or throw away their pride for peaceful co- existence in Jesus’ name.
THOUGHT: PRIDE ALWAYS MAKES FOOLS OF PEOPLE
Rom 12:18 KJV” If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
James 3:17 KJV” But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”