POWER RESTRAINED

MUSINGS – May 27 2018

POWER RESTRAINED

John 18:3-8
So Judas took a troop of soldiers and the guards from the chief priests and Pharisees and went to the garden. They were carrying lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus knew everything that was going to happen to him. So he went to meet them and asked, “Who are you looking for?” They answered him, “Jesus from Nazareth.” Jesus told them, “i am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with the crowd. When Jesus told them, “I am he,” the crowd backed away and fell to the ground. Jesus asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” They said, “Jesus from Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these other men go.”

Here is the scene: Jesus and his faithful followers has gone to a quiet place to pray. And like a scene from an old monster movie, the villagers (in this case the temple guards) came with lanterns, torches, and weapons. And what monster we they searching for? Jesus of Nazareth.

The same Jesus who was in the temple often. How much easier it would have been to arrest him in the temple. Ah, but the was a problem, the priests were afraid to arrest him in public*. So they came at night, armed and ready for a fight.

But they weren’t ready for the power of His voice. When he quietly answered, “I am he,” it dropped them to their knees. This is the voice that Isaiah has told about that could kill the wicked with his breath.** Just a little of that per was unleashed that night, for Jesus knew what he must endure. He let them restrain him. But in truth he was restraining himself.

One day he will return with a shout and the dead shall rise*** that is the power of his voice.

Are you ready for that glorious and frightful day?

*Matthew 21:46

**Isaiah 11:4

***1 Thessalonians 4:16

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams

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