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“Large and in Charge”
 
This phrase is often used in a derogatory way. Today, I would like to claim it as a positive saying about the Lord Jesus. I invite you to read the following verses, thinking how this statement applies to Jesus
 
John 18:1-14
1 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side, there was an olive grove, and he and his disciples went into it.
2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place because Jesus had often met there with his disciples.
3 So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns, and weapons.
4 Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”
5 “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.
“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
6 When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
 
7 Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
8 “I told you that I am he,” Jesus answered. “If you are looking for me, then let these men go.”
9 This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”
 
10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.)
 
11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
 
12 Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him
13 and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year.
14 Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be good if one man died for the people.
 
One thing that I notice is the mindset of the soldiers and officials that come to arrest Jesus. I imagine they usually think of themselves as rough and tough. But they are scared. Revisit verse 6, Jesus tells then who he is they all fall on the ground.
 
Maybe it wasn’t funny at the time, but it makes e smile. Jesus is not frightened. His enemies can do nothing to Him more than He allows.
 
Jesus enemies could not even kill Jesus, Jesus gave up His life. Jesus is in control of the whole situation but still will give His life’s blood for all sinners.
 
Back to the falling on the ground, it brings these verses to mind.
 
Philippians 2:5-11
5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
 
Friend, live for Jesus on this another day the Lord has given us. Have a blessed day.

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