The Power of Jesus’ Introduction

In those moments when we curse life and curse the world and others:  When we think we are so big and bad and awful and fearless we should reintroduce ourselves to our Lord and Master Jesus.

5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered. Jesus said, “I am He.” And Judas His betrayer was standing there with them. 6When Jesus said, “I am He,” they drew backand fell to the ground. 7So He asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” “Jesus of Nazareth,” they answered.…

I can envision these soldiers right now:  Here they are:  they are marching into the garden to arrest Jesus.  These guys are seasoned, hard-core men with fighting spirits.  Naturally with Jesus they are expecting a really large ferocious dude who might be difficult to overpower.  More than likely they expected a fight.  A bloody one at that.

Yet, when these guys come upon our Lord, they are flattened to the ground with nothing more than the sheer awesomeness of Jesus.  That was His power.  Jesus’ humility was enough alone to push back a team of mules as if they were nothing.

The same is true for you and me.  Whenever we are as bold to man as we may erroneously believe, then we should know that by our false feelings of power that we are nowhere near Jesus. For if we were near the Spirit of our Lord, Jesus, His power would overwhelm us simply by His presence. Truly we are no different than the soldiers and would be taken aback, flatten to the ground the same as them.


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