Thursday, March 28, 2013
John 18:11 "Jesus commanded Peter, 'Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given Me?' Then He healed Malchus' ear (which Simon Peter had cut off). Luke 22 gives the details of Jesus' warnings about persecution for His disciples, but they take Him literally and bring two swords to the Garden, their place of prayer. When He replies to them "That's enough," He couldn't mean "Two weapons are sufficient to defend us as we pray", because He had just told them He must die: "The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed..." [These words are similar to the ancient Passover song Dayenu, meaning "It would have been enough."]
I've been pondering that Christ is indeed all we need - enough. He is the Word made flesh and the scriptures come alive into our hearts in Him (John 1; Hebrews 4:12-13). "Everything is uncovered and laid bare before Him to whom we must give account." What about my constant wrong thoughts, words and actions right now today? How well do I hear Jesus say, "It is finished/ accomplished /done", as He drank that cup of death on the cross? Am I truly living the victory He alone gives over sin in my life?
The Cross is indeed the fixed point that separates His work from ours/mine. We "work out our salvation with fear and trembling" (Philippians 2:12) "for our GOD is a consuming fire" (Hebrews 12:29). But it is also true "for it is GOD who works in us to will and to act according to His good purpose. (Philippians 2:13) and "GOD is love" (1 John 4:8). So we trust into Him day by day. The paradox of all that is a precious gift, isn't it? Fear and trembling, trust and obedience..all in the assurance that we are eternally loved! That nothing can separate us from His love when we are His. Amazing.