PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Matthew 26:47-54
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“All who draw the sword will die by the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)
Can you imagine the anger that this moment caused?
Here we see Jesus as representative of all abused victims.
His crimes were loving and healing others, and upsetting the social order.
God’s anger could have roused twelve legions of angels in a nano-second.
In this moment I see the heart of the gospel.
God has every right to draw His sword, but He doesn’t.
He refuses to join sinners in being overcome by evil.
Violence does not end violence, it only makes it worse.
(Someone should tell the president and the looters this).
I find myself trapped; I too am angry, but my anger is selfish.
In my angrier and weaker moments I want to use my words as a sword.
But I see Jesus, responding to evil with humility and grace.
Yes, He got walked all over, and ultimately killed.
But He was not overcome by evil; rather He actually overcame it!
Lord, I am not a victim, so I have no right to speak to this. If I was a victim, I would not have Your strength. Have mercy on us… oh yeah, You did! Thank You for continuing to be merciful with us.