Monday, June 16, 2014

What are you expecting?

During Jesus' ministry, many people who were attracted and fascinated by him expected Him to take over as king...sort of a "New David" to lead the nation of Israel back to prominence and throw off the Roman occupiers. Jesus walked away from the crowds when they sought to go in this direction. He knew that they didn't need a national king...they needed a personal savior. The king is the champion of the nation and the many, but the savior is the rescuer of the individual. These days we still look for a king who will restore our nations to prominence. We look for our answers to come from our government and we define the great issues as those between large groups of people and between nations. But we still need a savior first and foremost. We are not primarily a nation and we are not foremost a crowd or a culture...we are each individuals who live and walk before the God who made us and we need restoration. We need a rescue. We need a Savior. The dynamic of victory was not and is not to come through the sword or the instruments a nation would employ to conquer or impose its will. The dynamic of victory comes on the personal level through the miracle of "belief"...belief in the One who came under orders from Heaven to love, to lead and to leave it all behind to purchase our forgiveness. Victory comes as we believe in that Savior and are restored to our Maker!
John 6:15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.
John 6:29 Jesus told them, "Thkis is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent."
Rob Smith

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